For a while, my blog was one of Google's top hits for "inbred hillbillies West Virginia." I'd posted on James Dickey, Shelby Lee Adams, W. J. Cash, and Wrong Turn, a 2003 horror movie set in the "Greenbrier Backcountry of West Virginia." Time passes, and other Web sites have outstripped me, but lately I've been getting several hits a day looking for Greenbrier Backcountry.
That's how I discovered the release, last month, of Wrong Turn 2 - Dead End. Those unstoppable inbred hillbilly cannibals are back in a direct-to-DVD release. The Greenbrier has its headwaters in Pocahontas County, and runs right near Droop Mountain, so we're squarely in Greenbrier backcountry. That's one reason Wrong Turn is such a teen favorite around here. While it was actually filmed in Canada, the kids really enjoy trying to identify local landmarks. "I think I know that gas station!"
I'm sure the schoolkids will be interested in the sequel's synopsis:
Taking place shortly after the events of the original Wrong Turn, a group of six contestants are thrown together for six days in a simulated post-apocalyptic wasteland due to their participation in a reality television show called The Ultimate Survivalist: The Apocalypse, hosted and produced by a retired military commander Dale Murphy (Henry Rollins), in which the winner will walk away with $100,000. Located in a remote part of West Virginia, the contestants soon discover that what they really are fighting for is their survival--against a family of hideously deformed inbred cannibals who plan to ruthlessly butcher them all.
One of the things I liked best in the original was the parking lot the hillbilly cannibals kept by their house, filled with the SUV's and cars of the tourists they'd devoured. Mountain bikes and ski equipment filled the luggage carriers and back seats. Pocahontas County is being promoted as a tourist destination, and much of the real estate changing hands becomes vacation property. While the Tourism Board probably wouldn't agree, I think many natives might like to see a DVD three-pack in every ski condo rental unit: Deliverance, Wrong Turn, and this new movie, Wrong Turn 2 - Dead End. Y'all come back now, hear?
Some of the "do-it-yourself" movie review Web sites identify a genre of horror movie featuring "inbred hillbillies," but I've been disappointed to find they are usually about rednecks, hayseeds, or hicks, not hillbillies sensu strictu. Here are some examples of confusion about "hillbillies:"
- Top Five Late-Night Redneck Monster Movies
- Clemenza's Corner: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- A Look at the theatrical release of Alexandre Aja's The "Hills Have Eyes" from atrocities.com
- Hillbillies and Arabs--alike in their penchant for inbreeding.
- Are there inbred families in the Ozarks/Appalachians like in Deliverance?