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Primal (2010)

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A group of friends travel into the Australian wilds to view ancient cave paintings but soon find a horrible sickness gripping one of their own, which leaves them with nothing in their mind but a primal blood lust.

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Rebekah Foord ...
Kris
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Dace
Mark Saunders ...
Painter (as Alfred Coolwell)
Walangari Karntawarra Jakamarra ...
Monster (as Walangari Karntawarra)
Stephen Shanahan ...
Settler
Ch'aska Cuba de Reed ...
Settler's Daughter
Santiago Cuba de Reed ...
Settler's Son
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Anja and five friends join anthropology student Dace on a journey to study a remote ancient rock painting. Their excitement vanishes when Mel becomes delirious after skinny-dipping in the waterhole. Feverish bleeding confused she physically and mentally regresses to a vicious predatory state. Mel has gone primal. Mels lover and friends realize they are the prey as she savagely hunts them down. Before they can escape another one of them starts to regress posing a hideous choice kill their friends or be killed by them. Their only hope of survival is through a cave where Anja learns too late the meaning of the ancient rock art they came to study. Written by Deeww

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Lux Interior, of The Cramps, died a month before Primal started shooting. Director Josh Reed and costume designer Emily Schulz made a "RIP LUX" tee shirt which Warren wears throughout the film in his honor. See more »

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When Chad and Anja are talking at the campfire, a mic appears at the top edge of the picture. See more »

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Warren: Quarter of a billion alpha males in this world, and we get the dog-shit one!
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All Indigenous artworks depicted in this motion picture are non-tribal in origin and are not related to any known Aboriginal myths or stories. See more »

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Terrible Things
Music by Eliot Fish (as E. Fish), Rob Gibson (as R. Gibson), Nick Kennedy (as N. Kennedy) & David Trumpmanis (as D. Trumpmanis)
Lyrics by Eliot Fish (as E. Fish)
Performed by Todd Sparrow
From the album "Modern Western" (Nonlinear Records/Inertia)
©2008 Nonlinear Records & Todd Sparrow
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Backpacker horror with some good twists
5 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

PRIMAL is a surprisingly gripping little slice of rural horror from our Antipodean cousins. The film follows the adventures of a team of six backpackers in rural Australia who are out to discover some ancient rock art but soon uncover something much more sinister. Rather than finding themselves hunted and massacred by a monster or psycho (as happens so often in these films), the group are attacked by some kind of virus that makes them become, well, primal.

What follows will surprise nobody, but director Josh Reed handles his budget and cast with no small measure of skill. This is a violent, blood-soaked story where much of the fun comes from seeing how character traits lead to survival – or downfall. Aside from a handful of silly scenes in which the film is sped up to give the impression of super-fast villains, PRIMAL is a well made and well judged movie. Zoe Tuckwell-Smith makes for an engaging lead, the gore and violence come thick and fast and there's even time for a bit of FX work during the surprise twist ending, which is effectively horrific and mean-spirited. Hardly a film to set the world on fire, but for what it is, it does well.


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