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Set in Perth, Australia, during December of 1987, it’s evident from Hounds of Love’s very first moments—a stunning slow-motion sequence of teenagers playing volleyball while a pair of onlookers watch from a distance—that writer/director Ben Young isn’t interested in giving us yet another horrific kidnapping thriller that relies on shocking violence or tortuous gore. Instead, he digs a little deeper with his script, defying genre trappings by focusing on the psychological aspects of the story, brought to life by a trio of brazen performances that make Hounds of Love a truly unforgettable viewing experience.
Hounds of Love follows a couple, John and Evelyn (portrayed by Stephen Curry and Emma Booth), who abduct a young girl walking home from school one day, and we see how that intersects with another teenager named Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings) who is having a difficult time coping with her parents’ recent divorce. »
- Heather Wixson
"He doesn't love you! He just uses you..." An official trailer has arrived online for a film titled Hounds of Love, a horror thriller from Australia about a couple that abducts a woman off the street. The film is set in Perth, Australia in the 1980s and is actually based on the true story of a crime known as the Moorhouse Murders. Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry star, along with Susie Porter, Damian de Montemas and Harrison Gilbertson. This is playing at the SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals next. Hounds of Love is described as an "exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut" from filmmaker Ben Young. This looks pretty damn disturbing, that's for sure. Definitely not for everyone. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Ben Young's Hounds of Love, direct from YouTube: In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that »
- Alex Billington
The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this April in New York, and horror fans attending the cinematic gathering have plenty of titles to look forward to, including the world premiere of Mickey Keating's Psychopaths.
From the Press Release: "Tribeca’s Midnight section is the destination for late night audiences to discover the best in psychological thriller, horror, sci-fi, and cult cinema. This year’s six selections offer new genre experiences for even the most extreme viewer.
Devil's Gate, directed by Clay Staub, written by Peter Aperlo, Clay Staub. (Canada, USA) - World Premiere, Narrative. Struggling to overcome a recent professional tragedy, a tough-as-nails FBI agent (Amanda Schull) relocates to a small North Dakota town to investigate the disappearance of a local woman and her young son. The search leads to the missing woman’s husband’s (Milo Ventimiglia) secluded farm, on which answers, new mysteries, and God-fearing terrors await. »
- Derek Anderson
It’s 1987, it’s Perth in Western Australia, and seventeen year old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by John and Evelyn, a disturbed serial-killing couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive…
Apparently “inspired” by real life crimes, Hounds of Love is a stunning debut feature from director Ben Young, if a little ‘tame’ for its gruesome subject matter. Yes, I did say tame. Young opens his film with a slow-mo look at schoolgirls playing volleyball during a bright Summer’s day. Which seems innocent enough, until you realise we’re looking at the girls thorugh the gaze of our perverted kidnappers – however the power and the unease that opening scene has, »
- Phil Wheat
Brotchie joins after the Australian Directors' Guild criticised FremantleMedia over the import of Kondracki, a Canadian, to shoot the series.
In late December, following a protest staged by the Adg and Wift Nsw outside FremantleMedia.s Sydney office, the production company announced it would bring on an Aussie female director to shoot one episode.
Joining Dormer as the teachers of Appleyard College are.Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), French actress Lola Bessis (Cassandra, Swim Little Fish Swim),.Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Anzac Girls) and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began, Winners & Losers).
- Jackie Keast
One of our favorite films from last year’s Venice Film Festival is making its way to the United States. Hounds of Love, a harrowing debut from Australian director Ben Young, will get its North American premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival before arriving in theaters in May courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky Distribution. Featuring a couple who abducts a young women, the first teaser has now arrived.
We said in our review “director Ben Young’s feature debut is the kind of film you wish you could un-see – except not really. Sure, its extended depictions of physical and psychological abuse will upset/offend many. At the same time, there’s no denying the level of craft and performance involved that probes human depravity so compellingly, you’re left with much more than just rattled nerves and a taste of bile.”
- Leonard Pearce
6 items from 2017
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