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Primal (2010)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  23 September 2010 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Zoe Tuckwell-Smith ...
Anja
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Mel
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Chad
Rebekah Foord ...
Kris
Damien Freeleagus ...
Warren
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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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Trivia

Josh Reed made the 12,000 year time-lapse sequence at the beginning of the film by individually photoshopping almost 300 frames. If you go through frame by frame you can see Josh buried to his neck in one frame towards the end, and his daughter, Ch'aska, peeking out from behind a tree in another frame. 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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Shapeless
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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Nice little surprise from down under
3 June 2011 | by (Johannesburg) – See all my reviews

I love when a little film comes out of nowhere and bites me on the behind and forces me to take it seriously whilst having a whale of a time. Primal is one such film.

Sharp dialogue, believable characters and some pretty nifty visual and makeup effects make this an entertaining and undemanding, often quite subversive time waster.

It's not going to win any awards but that's never the intention with a something like this. At a brisk 80 odd minutes it doesn't hang around long enough to become self indulgent or boring and just when you think you know where it's going the screenwriter throws another curve-ball your way.

One satisfied customer her with a very solid seven out of ten.


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