King of the Hill

2007, Mystery & thriller, 1h 28m

14 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Quim's (Leonardo Sbaraglia) car is shot at as he is driving across a sparse stretch of land. When he stops to investigate the shooting, he is fired at again, but manages to escape to a wooded area, and there he finds Bea (María Valverde), a woman he had encountered in a gas station moments earlier. The two seem to be the targets of deadly assassins as they run helplessly through the forest -- but when the killers are revealed, it evokes an empathy Quim would never have expected.

Cast & Crew

María Valverde
Bea
Thomas Riordan
Hermano Menor
Andrés Juste
Hermano Mayor
Francisco Olmo
Guardia Mayor
Gonzalo López-Gallego
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José David Montero
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Gonzalo López-Gallego
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David Crespo
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Critic Reviews for King of the Hill

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2)

  • allows a compelling moral message to emerge from its amoral woodland playgrounds.

    December 1, 2010
  • It's at its best in a tense middle section that plays as a pared-down existential nightmare.

    February 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The tautness of the first hour is tremendous, and features something I never thought to see in such a movie: the spectacle of a man, hiding inside a car from his would-be killer, and doing something we would all probably do in real life: actually whimper.

    February 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As a work of hard-driving tension, this is satisfyingly terse, methodical and relentless.

    February 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • From Spain comes a leaner, bleaker horror film.

    February 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Is more disturbing and more intelligent than Friday the 13th.

    February 12, 2009 | Full Review…
  • allows a compelling moral message to emerge from its amoral woodland playgrounds.

    December 1, 2010
  • It's at its best in a tense middle section that plays as a pared-down existential nightmare.

    February 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The tautness of the first hour is tremendous, and features something I never thought to see in such a movie: the spectacle of a man, hiding inside a car from his would-be killer, and doing something we would all probably do in real life: actually whimper.

    February 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As a work of hard-driving tension, this is satisfyingly terse, methodical and relentless.

    February 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • A political thriller in the sense that it's bound to polarize audiences...

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The revelation of the shooter's identity, however, is a bit of a yawn, especially if you have seen the 2006 French film Them or last year's British horror movie Eden Lake.

    February 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King of the Hill

  • Jul 05, 2011
    A traveller who gets lost in the isolated Spanish countryside finds himself stalked by unknown armed assailants intent on murder. This extremely taut and economical Spanish indie thriller has a no-nonsense approach that I actually found quite refreshing. No soapy sub plots or irrelevant embellishment, just a tense cat and mouse game between hunters and prey. Obviously owing a debt to the likes of Duel and Deliverance, the story is a simple tale of survival in the face of adversity and some very effective direction and solid performances make for an intriguing and suspenseful experience. Unfortunately the one gaping flaw is the revelation of who the hunters are and why, which is a shame because I felt it wasn't really necessary. If the motive behind the killings were left unknown, as in The Hitcher or Duel, it would've been far more effective as the explanation is rather weak and glib. It's a real shame because the execution is very strong, but if you can live with the half baked plot twist it's actually very well done.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2011
    "The King of the Hill" is kind of a simplistic hunter/prey film, a spanish "Deliverance" of sorts. Two travelers get lost on a remote mountain-side road as a group of men hunt them down. It's not a particularly fresh concept, and certain aspects of the film reminded a little too much of the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs, a pair of Ukrainian thrill killers from just a few years ago (two young men who snapped photos of their victims on their cell phones). I guess it's not really a spoiler to tell you that the killers are men, or that they're young, which is of less consequence than the filmmakers seem to want you to believe. As far as these types of films go, "El rey de la montana" is done adequately, although I can't give much reason to recommend it other than need to pass some time. It is indeed a passable film.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2011
    Tense, atmospheric thriller from Spain about two strangers travelling through remote mountainous countryside who are stalked by a pack of sniper-rifle wielding hunters. We're seeing a lot of these backwoods hillbilly killer thrillers nowadays with every country seemingly adding to the genre. This Spanish effort may not be the best or goriest of them but it's well made and acted and reveals a shocking little suprise once the identity and motive of the hunters is revealed. Overall though there's nothing ground breaking going on here but it's a pretty decent effort.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2010
    Very disturbing. No Point in the Plot.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer

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