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Three teenagers blackmail a serial killer.

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Ian Wright
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Gary Parker
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Mark
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Chasely (as Hanna Mangan-Lawrence)
Joshua Payne ...
James
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Kay Wright
Holly Baldwin ...
Tanya Lee
Anthony Phelan ...
Tanya Lee's Dad
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Petra
Sue Dwyer ...
Ma Parker
Todd Levi ...
Detective 1
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Harley Bennick ...
Young James
Ryan Sheldrake ...
Young Mark
Leigh Prewecki ...
Kay and Ian's Baby
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James Tresswick and Mark Vincent are victims of a brutal bully Gary Parker who has maltreated both boys, marking their bodies and spoiling their young lives. In their last year of high school, James and Mark find a way to stop being victims. They're going to kill Gary; Wandering alone around an isolated forest - the suspected site of the disappearance of a local girl - 17 year old Mark strays upon an adult male filling in a trench. It's suspicious and tantalizing. Mark returns with his friend James and Chasley Keys and they bring shovels to exhume what will probably be rotting garbage or someone's dead pet - or so they tell themselves. They find the ghostly white body of a woman. She's a tourist - a Canadian backpacker. The "trench" is a grave. The "adult male" is her killer. And they've got him by the balls. Responding to Mark's intimations James floats an idea to seek out "the sicko". It'll be a bit of fun. He's confident the guy lives in their suburb; Mark saw his car parked on a ... Written by Armstrong & Krause

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This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie. See more »

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A brilliant idea, poorly executed.
5 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What starts off as a sleepy drama about a damaged psyche turns into a fast-paced, terrifying, and entirely believable horror film. The filmmakers don't coddle the audience and don't dwell on the plot twists; that is to say, if you're not paying attention, you'll miss some key points. There were a couple scenes where I had to rewind and explain parts to my friends. This movie was visually compelling, and the young actors and actress did great jobs conveying their anger, fear, depression, and angst. So I was never able to pinpoint what my problem with this movie was. I'm not sure if it's the slow pace or the resolution at the end, but I ended up feeling disappointed with the directors. This movie could (and should) have been much more.


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