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It’s been a few months since we first brought you word on filmmaker Joaquin Montalvan’s low-budget feature Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher (article), but that changes today with our exclusive look at the flick’s trailer and a handful of production stills.
Produced by Montalvan’s Sledgehammer Films and shot in and around Los Angeles and Pasadena, California, this past spring over the course of thirty days, Montalvan describes Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher as a “retro grindhouse film,” which stars Stephen Feinberg as ‘The Storyteller,’ Chris Shumway as ‘Billy Wayne,’ Theresa Holly as ‘Rae Lynn,’ Ron Jason (Corpse Grinders 2) as ‘Papa Jessup,’ and Paul E. Respass in the lead as one ‘Carl Henry Jessup,’ the titular Hillbilly Butcher. Of the script (according to the official synopsis), it takes place “in a lonely backwoods shack, where Carl Henry Jessup spends his time drinkin’ and thinkin’ bout dem good ole days. With only his half-sister Rae Lynn and his friend Billy Wayne to keep him company, he lives an isolated existence – that is, until folks start trespassin’ on his property, and Carl gets off his ass and becomes the Hillbilly Butcher.”
Catching us up, co-writer and co-producer (with Eunice Font) Montalvan told us, “Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher recently completed post-production, and multiple recording sessions were also conducted with K. Collins and his banjo to give the Butcher that authentic Hillbilly flavor. Also, Erika G. came on board to provide additional gruesome makeup FX.”
As for when audiences may see it, “It was sent off to Sundance,” said Montalvan. “It will also be submitted to SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Toronto, Screamfest, Berlinale, Telluride, and Sitges, among others. We are looking for a ballsy and legit distribution company to serve it up right.”
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