Monday, July 23, 2012

Top Sixx: Backwoods Crazies

This “genre” is definitely my favorite. Taking a road trip is one of my favorite things to do and I always try to plan a less traveled route.  I like to take my time, stopping whenever something sparks my interest and taking photos.  I love to drive through areas just like in these films, so I've included my personal photography from trips I've been on.  This 'Top Sixx' is just one installment of this project with many more to come.  I hope you enjoy my film selections.  Let the countdown begin!

The typical setup:

First we stop at a creepy gas station, then the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, and on our mission for help we walk right into the house of the killer.

6. Misery (1990)

Location: Sidewinder, Colorado
Stranded by: Blizzard
Crush: Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)
Crazy: Biggest fan; Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)
Brutal Moment: Annie realizes Paul (James Caan) had been out of his room, so she puts a piece of wood between his feet and smashes them with a sledgehammer, or better know as the 'hobbling'.
Kill Count: 2

(Photo: Olympic National Forest, Washington)

5. Wolf Creek (2005)

Location: Wolf Creek, Australian Outback
Stranded by: Car was sabotaged.
Crush: Nathan Phillips (Ben Mitchell)
Crazy: Mick Taylor (John Jaratt)
Brutal Moment: Mick severs Liz's (Cassandra Magrath) spine and turns her into a 'head on a stick'.
Kill Count: 3

(Photo: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri)

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

Location: Texas
Stranded by: Totaling their jeep by crashing into a cow that was standing in the middle of the road.
Crush: Eric (Matt Bomer)
Crazies: The Hewitt Family; Uncle Charlie/Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey), Leatherface/Thomas (Andrew Bryniarski), Monty (Terrence Evans), and Luda Mae (Marietta Marich).
Brutal Moment: Leatherface beats the owner of the slaughterhouse to death with a sledgehammer.
Kill Count: 11

(Photo: Waco, TX)

3. Wrong Turn (2003)

Location: Greenbrier Backcountry, West Virginia, Appalachian Mountains
Stranded by: Spike chain in the road pops their tires, then along comes Chris (Desmond Harrington), who has gotten wrong directions (another set-up), isn't paying attention and crashes into them.
Crush: Scott (Jeremy Sisto)
Crazies: Trio of inbred cannibalistic mountain men; Three Fingers (Julian Richings), Saw-Tooth (Gary Robbins), and One-Eye (Ted Clark).
Brutal Moment: The 3 remaining survivors are up in the trees and Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui) gets an axe to the face. The top half of her head stays there, but the rest of her body falls, hitting each branch on the way down.
Kill Count: 10

(Photo: Hoosier National Forest, Indiana)

2. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Location: New Mexico Desert
Stranded by: Short cut directions, which leads to a booby trap that blows all their tires and causes them to wreck.
Crush: Brenda Carter (Emilie de Ravin)
Crazies: Hill people disfigured by nuclear testing; Pluto (Michael Bailey Smith), Lizard (Rober Joy), Goggle (Ezra Buzzington), Big Brain (Desmond Askew), and Big Mama (Ivana Turchetto).
Brutal Moment: The opening sequence, 3 people are testing the radioactive levels and are killed very quickly with a pickaxe, one is slammed repeatedly against the rocks.
Kill Count: 15

(Photo: Middle of nowhere, Texas)

 1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Location: Texas
Stranded by: Choice, stupidity and looking for more fuel.
Crush: Pam (Terri McMinn)
Crazies: Family of cannibals; Hitchhiker (Ed Neal), Old Man (Jim Siedow), Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), and Grandpa (John Dugan).
Brutal Moment: Pam is put up on the meat hook and forced to watch Leatherface saw Kirk (William Vail) up.
Kill Count: 5

(Photo: The ACTUAL house used in the film.  I will share more from that trip in the future.  Kingsland, TX)


  1. Places like the house in Mark Twin Nation Forest are equal parts horror and beauty to me. I'm particularly drawn to dilapidated barns and abandoned silos.

  2. Very cool! Keep up the good work girl!