The movies often give us a chance to examine aspects of life we don’t often see on an up-close-and-personal basis. If you don’t live in the southern hills or back country and you live in or near a big city, the only time you might see or hear about the hard-living individuals who inhabit those areas are in the movies, television, or books. You may be quite pleased that you have kept your distance when examining the 7 most disturbing movie hicks of all-time.
Doyle Hargraves, "Sling Blade" (1996)
The story of mentally challenged but ultimately decent Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton) is memorable. While Childers has the reasoning capacity of a child, he understands right from wrong. He knows that the more he sees of Doyle Hargraves (Dwight Yoakam), the more he understands what a mean bully he is. After Hargraves torments the people that Childers cares about one too many times, Childers takes justice into his own hands and makes sure that the evil Hargraves will never bother anyone again.
Mountain Man, "Deliverance" (1972)
This movie resonates with anyone considering taking a camping trip more than four decades after its release. When Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) go on a canoe trip with Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the guide, they run into trouble when they come across a mountain man (Bill McKinney) and a toothless man (Herbert “Cowboy” Conrad) who don’t like “city folk.” Poor Bobby will never be the same after the mountain man educates him on the ways of the back woods.
Aileen Wournos, "Monster" (2003)
Aileen Wournos (Charlize Theron) had a rough upbringing and became a prostitute by the age of 13. Things only get worse for her and after a while she despises her job and doesn’t want to engage in sex with her clients. So, to get their money, she starts murdering the men who would normally pay for her services. Wournos became one of the only female serial killers in U.S. history.
Owen, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987)
Owen (Dylan Baker) is a classic redneck who decides to help Neal Page (Steve Martin) and Del Griffith (John Candy) get to Wichita for Thanksgiving. Owen is about as gross a redneck as you will find. He’s not going to hurt Neal and Del, but he’s so disgusting that it makes you glad that's it's not you in the back of his truck.
Sheriff Hoyt, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (2003)
Bryniarski) is the chainsaw wielding villain in this remake of the classic horror movie, but it's Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey) who is truly scary as the redneck who enables Leatherface to hunt people on his own property. Even worse than allowing him to engage in this horrifying practice is that Hoyt thinks there’s nothing wrong with this activity.
Earline Fitzgerald, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004)
Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) is a struggling waitress who has a penchant for boxing and rises quickly in the professional ranks. She is a kind and generous soul who buys her ungrateful hick mother Earline Fitzgerald (Margo Martindale) a house when she becomes successful. When Maggie suffers a devastating injury in the ring, Earline could care less about her daughter’s welfare and tries to gain control of her money while feigning concern. It’s one of the most horrifying displays of motherhood ever seen on film.
Captain Spaulding, "The Devil’s Rejects" (2005)
Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) is a hick with a purpose. Along with his two adult children, Spaulding is bent on murder and mayhem. Not only does he want to kill strangers that cross his path, he wants to torture them first so he can really get his kicks. Spaulding and his crew nearly escape, but thankfully they're turned into swiss cheese by the entire police department.