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The Locals (2003)

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Two best friends, Grant and Paul, hit the country road for a night of fun, but unfortunately take a short cut to their fate... where they meet the Locals.

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Credited cast:
John Barker ...
Grant
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Paul
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Kelly
Aidee Walker ...
Lisa
Paul Glover ...
Martin
Peter McCauley ...
Bill
Dave Gibson ...
Nev
Glen Levy ...
Tone
Kayte Ferguson ...
Anna
Mark Kinghan ...
Driving Local
Max Auld ...
Baton Local
Bern Dell ...
Local Thug #1
Carl Goschmann ...
Local Thug #2
Rachael Niederer ...
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Two best friends Grant and Paul hit the road for a weekend of surfing, booze and hopefully . . . girls. With night falling they take a short cut and meet Lisa and Kelly, a couple of babes with a fast car, who invite them to a party. Lust takes the wheel and a game of cat and mouse begins leading them deep into the heartland of evil where they meet...........The Locals. Written by Greg Page

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The radio station 90.2 (Mhz) that Grant and Paul are listening to in the car on the way out of Auckland is called "The Rock". See more »

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Although the movie is based around the 80's when the girls in the Holden commodore meet up with the boys in the blue holden that catches on fire, the blue holden had a WOF from 2002. See more »

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A fairly well executed ghost story
7 May 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Well, I have to admit I was a little disappointed in this movie. The story is certainly original, but there is little in the way of visuals or built up tension to hold the interest. The best shots in the movie are over after the opening titles.

The story centers around two young men who pack up for a weekend getaway filled with surfing and partying. After following two girls down a dirt road to a party, the youths find themselves in a ditch and requiring some help to get unstuck. A peek into a farm house window makes them witnesses to a murder and puts them directly in harm's way as they are pursued by a strange bunch of the town's "locals".

I was expecting something different after reading the back of the box. I guess I was looking forward to some sort of a degenerate red-neck type romp filled with cannibal killers or at least a few deformed freaks. It turns out that this is actually a ghost story with more than one (mildly) surprising twist. The acting is not first rate, the dialog is unnatural in places and the lighting ruins the night setting illusion. There's a whole lot of long shadows considering there's no street lights in the middle of the country and the sky seems devoid of a moon.

The relationship between the two principle characters is just not believable; none of the dialog really sells it to the audience. The ending is not bad though, and does manage to help the film recover from some of these earlier flaws.

If you're a fan of the genre, you might see something here you'll like. This would be a good movie choice for someone who isn't looking for anything too scary.


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