MTV Enters Episodic Horror With Savage County

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Plot and cast details announced

This year, MTV offered up its take on the slasher genre with My Super Psycho Sweet 16. Now, the network is exploring Savage County, which culls its inspiration from the mad hillbilly sub-genre.

Project is going to be rolled out as an eight-episode web series from director David Harris and producers David Gale (Varsity Blues) and Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow). Harris shot the film during the summer on hi-def in Memphis, Tennessee. Leading the cast is Mimi Michaels (pictured, Boogeyman 3).

Savage County is described as a tribute to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with “great indie rock and rockabilly music and a twist of teen drama.”

Set before prom, a mismatched group of high school kids heads to a remote pond to party. When the beer runs dry, the conversation turns to daring Patrick, the runt of the group, into knocking on the door of the Hardells – the reclusive family that owns the land the pond is on.

Patrick takes up the dare, knocks on the Hardells’ door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a shotgun. When Patrick’s friends come to his defense, the oldest Hardell is killed in the shuffle. Scared and guilty – the teens flee the crime. When the rest of the Hardell clan finds the old man murdered, they seek out vengeance. One-by-one, the teens are hunted down by Orry, the sexually oppressed mute, Willard, the long-haired wildman, and Kasper, the cold-blooded family leader.

Look for Savage County in February 2010.

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor