Ok, so my geeky superfan side is going to rear its quirky little head now – enjoy!
The power of 3… It is true that if you look hard enough you can relate/find any number in nearly anything (like the Jim Carrey movie ’23′). The Angels have a habit of finding the “3″ when we are traveling on the road. For example, without meaning to we end up pulling up to gas pump #3, we point out in delight when we notice that the clock has turned 3:33 or that the Jack Daniel’s distillery is exit 111. We look for photos with subject series of 3s (polls, birds, barns, anything)… you get the drift. So imagine my pleasure in finding a magic 3 interesting coincidences in a horror flick called “The Hills Run Red”. The DVD had a “making of” featurette so I took a look.
#1. The film title – One of my favorite Hank III songs is “Ruby (Get Back to the Hills)” – The film title is The Hills Run Red. Ruby=Red > “Red” get back to the hills >> The Hills Run Red… get it?
#2. Something jumped out at me at the 13:30 minute mark- a “FUCK CANCER” shirt. I knew I had seen this slogan before and then it hit me: Michael “Fiddleboy” McCanless who suffered from cancer. Inspired by Hank III’s FUCK CURB campaign and with help from his loved ones and good friend Hank III, Michael started his own “Fuck Cancer” campaign to help raise money and it was quite a successful effort. Sadly, he passed in 2003. Presently, there are many online outlets for purchasing shirts with the Fuck Cancer slogan so I have no proof that the shirt on the featurette was referencing Fiddleboy but it stood out nonetheless.
#3. At minute 21:35 another image jumped out. This time it was a HERZOG shirt with Danzig style lettering and classic skull underneath it worn by Dave Parker, the film’s director. Cinefile has created filmmaker tribute tees using classic metal band fonts. The Herzog shirt references the director Werner Herzog and normally wouldn’t raise a question… But within the Williams family history there is an important Herzog as well: Herzog Studios was Cincinnati’s first commercial recording studio and is where Hank Williams recorded “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” amongst other pivotal favorites. With Hank III being a Danzig fan and a Williams family member I just couldn’t ignore this.
So my question is this: Could the makers of The Hills Run Red be Hank III fans? My guess is “doubtful” but I sure am and I had a blasty blasty with this one.
Read more about Michael and his Fuck Cancer campaign here: http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/fiddleboy
Watch Herzog Studios Promotional Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsGtq65_L6s&feature=player_embedded
Read about the Herzog Hank Williams historical marker here: http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-19322-herzog-is-hallowed-ground.html
As for the film itself, I will say it was an average piece with some good imagery and decent blend of cheese, sleeze and dark humor. I’d give it a 6 on a 1-10 scale. On a funny note, the featurette offered footage of one of the lead characters discussing the film. He frequently reminded me of Mark Walberg’s portrail of the John Holmes-ish “Eddie” as he discusses film making on Amber Waves short film about Dirk Diggler but with a slightly more coked-up vibe… fabulous.
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