Top 10 hicksploitation films

Aaah… the great American outdoors. It can sure be beautiful, but beware: The further afield you get, the harder it is to find help. Help with what, you may ask? Just ask the boys from DELIVERANCE, currently playing on the Sundance Channel: deviant lunatic hicks, o’course!

If you’ve never heard the term hicksploitation (or hixploitation), the criteria for this peculiar and highly entertaining bunch of films is simple: They’re usually pretty creepy, with some shit going down in the woods or the middle of nowhere at the hands of some seriously parochial individuals. A list of shameless examples:

Before THE HUNGER GAMES, Jennifer Lawrence turned serious heads at Sundance in this restrained and effective portrait of a young woman trying to get to the bottom of her father’s shady dealings while keeping her family intact. Along with Lawrence, John Hawkes was nominated for an Oscar for his turn as Teardrop, a foreboding backwoods meth addict who wasn’t entirely unlike his equally creepy backwoods cult leader Patrick in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Seems like Hawkes might have a hick typecasting situation on his hands…

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Want to get down and dirty with more hicksploitation? Don’t miss DELIVERANCE, airing on Sundance Channel this month.