Exclusive photos, poster, comments: “WILD MAN” and “BUTCHER” boys’ horror Western “RED ON YELLA”
THE HILLS HAVE EYES’ Michael Berryman and a couple of TEXAS CHAINSAW veterans return to Southwestern territory for the sagebrush slasher hybrid RED ON YELLA, KILL A FELLA. We’ve got exclusive words from one of its creators along with the poster and a bunch of pics.
RED ON YELLA, KILL A FELLA is the third feature from writer/directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, who previously did the fact-inspired THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD and the Kim Henkel-scripted BUTCHER BOYS. “It contains all the hallmarks of traditional spaghetti Westerns from the genre’s heyday during the ’60s and ’70s, but with a Hershey’s Special Dark horror twist,” Graves tells Fango. “It’s loosely based on the real-life exploits of notorious Texas train robber Sam Bass and his gang, leading up to their ambush in Round Rock, Texas in the late 1800s.”
Graves and Meeks’ story is set in 1900, when, as the former puts it, “Technology has changed the way of the outlaw—forcing them from urban areas into the cover of the countryside.” Meeks himself (1st photo below) stars as Claude Barbee, who leads his train-robbing gang across the Lone Star State to recover a cash stash hidden after a botched railroad heist. They soon find that in addition to the law, they’re being tracked by something perhaps even more evil than themselves. Berryman (2nd photo) plays Dr. Pepperdine, the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE’s Ed Neal (3rd photo with Bridger Zadina) is Bargsley, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2’s Bill Johnson (4th photo with Gayland Williams) is Hugo and veteran actor Pepe Serna (5th photo) is Rudy. The cast also includes Greg Kelly (top photo left), Paul McCarthy Boyington (top photo center), Luce Rains, Sonny Carl Davis, Arianne Margot, Deon Lucas and Larry Grant Harbin.
“The movie was shot all across Texas, from the wastelands of the Big Bend region all the way to the Gulf Coast,” Graves says. “Many scenes were filmed at an active living-history park in Austin, as well as in Granger, where the production recycled several signs and props featured in the Coen Brothers’ TRUE GRIT. Shooting wrapped in Bartlett, Texas mere weeks before NBC’s REVOLUTION transformed the town into ‘Willoughby.’ ”
The first preview clip for RED ON YELLA, KILL A FELLA will be presented at this year’s Texas Frightmare Weekend, running May 2-4 in Dallas, TX. Keep up with the movie at its Facebook page and the official website.