Timber Falls is Backwoods Brutality by the numbers. It follows all the cliches of the genre the unwitting city people straying off the beaten path in the woods; their encountering the taunting redneck hicks and in-bred family that live there; their being locked up in the basement where they are tortured and brutalized. The character of the deformed Deacon is a disappointingly poor copy of Texas Chain Saws Leatherface the film even lamely provides him with flash fantasies where he imagines Brianna Brown saying I want you to fuck me, Deacon. You can see the plot twists coming waaaay in advance when Josh Randall comes around in Beth Brodericks house it immediately becomes clear that she is the one who has Brianna Brown locked up, while equally only the mentally impaired could not guess that Nick Searcy, the friendly ranger who quaintly enquires what congregation they belong to, is also part of the abduction. The epilogue set a year later where the couple are settled down with their baby and we then see Sascha Rosemanns face lurking outside the window despite his supposedly having been killed is the type of tedious twist conveyor belt ending that induces groans.
The one element that Timber Falls adds over and above other Backwoods Brutality films is that the psychos of the show are religious fundamentalists. This certainly adds an intriguingly provocative undertow to the film. Do not take the Lords name in vain in this house, Josh Randall is severely warned. The best and most original parts of the film are the scenes when the family insist that Josh Randall and Brianna Brown be married at gunpoint and then lock them inside a room so that he can immediately get her pregnant. The nastiest moment is where Josh Randall is made to perform his breeding duties upon threat of dismemberment of the bound Brianna Brown: All we need is a heart, brain and a uterus. She dont need no fingers, no toes.
As with most modern horror films, the level of gore is pushed to no-holds-barred extremes. The film opens with an intendedly attention-grabbing prologue where Suzanna Urszuly is crucified to a bench with spikes through her hands while in the next room her boyfriend is hanging chained up as the unseen psycho readies electrical leads, before she tears her hands out (with apparently nothing whatsoever in the way of blood loss) and makes an escape, running through the woods pursued, only to be cornered on a cliff edge and jump over to her death rather than be recaptured. The sadism is tamer than other films in the cycle but we get some nasty scenes where Brianna Browns index finger is chopped off, where Josh Randall is bloodily flogged, and a climax where Sascha Rosemann gets an axe in the head and Beth Broderick is beheaded.
Unfortunately, what kills the films conviction is the fact that it is well shot, comes with stunning picture postcard natural scenery (shot in Romania rather than West Virginia), handsome Hollywood leads and an actress who coyly avoids any nudity when taking her clothes off. All of these are elements of a processed Hollywood film, not one that purports to be a raggedly raw horror story.
Director Tony Giglio has previously made the likes of the cute animal film Soccer Dog: The Movie (1999), the war film In Enemy Hands (2004) and the Jason Statham action film Chaos (2005). He has also written the screenplays for Death Race 2 (2010), Arena (2011), Death Race 3: Inferno (2012), Johnny Frank Garretts Last Word (2016) and Death Race: Beyond Anarchy (2018).