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Movie Details

Title:   The Legend of Hillbilly John
Director:   John Newland
Year:   1974
Genre:   Hicksploitation
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   01.11.07

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Spy with My Face

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
01.11.07Friend's House Another absolutely great trailer shown at BNAT, this is kind of a hicky mythological tale of Hillbilly John, who spends his time making up songs and walking around with his trusted dog named Honor Hound.. His grandpappy decrees that he's gonna "defy" one night but the devil kills him because his strings weren't made from true silver. The evil government stopped using true silver for its dollars long ago but nobody told ol' pappy, so John goes on a quest to find some true silver to make guitar strings out of so he can beat the devil, but along the way he meets witches, slavemasters, and has a run-in with the dreaded uglybird.

Yeah, this movie sounds like the best thing ever, right? Well, the trailer sure is. Watching the movie however, the harsh reality of having all these things go on with no explanation or logic or reasoning kind of wears you down. It's a pretty long 89 minutes to be sure, but afterward I found myself thinking back to like a dozen great moments that didn't seem great at the time but now certainly are. And the ending... well, I didn't see the ending coming, that's for sure. But with a movie like this I guess that's to be expected. I spend like twenty minutes thinking every scene would be a good one to end with and then when it comes for real it's so abrupt and sudden that I can't believe it.

Truly an odd movie. I'm so glad I saw it, even if I wasn't really glad at the time.