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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Chad: She's sick.
Dace: She's eating him!
Chad: She needs help.
Dace: She's fucking eating him.
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No animals were harmed in the production of this motion picture (but many of the crew were attacked by leeches). 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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cheesy ending
21 December 2011 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

This is director Josh Reed first attempt to make a full feature. I must say that I was rather surprised. It's clearly a low budget but it doesn't show in the way they used the camera's and did the editing. The only way it shows is the use of some CGI towards the end of the flick. It becomes even a bit cheesy and I can understand that youngsters will find it a kind of stupid. I thought I even saw some stop/motion.

The story itself isn't your typical storyline. Again, a lot of horror geeks will leave this flick for what it is. But was it then all that bad? No, I enjoyed it although it doesn't really deliver. It's surely not a slasher or a redneck hillbilly flick. I would put it against The Ruins. It's a bit of the same thing going on.

On the part of the horror itself I already wrote that it doesn't deliver really creepy parts but on the part of gore it do give some nasty shots. But if you have seen many horrors like I did (more then a few thousands, yep, started in the early eighties) then you can guess who is going to be the hero or heroin, who's going to die first, you know, it's a bit predictable. Luckily the acting was rather good. I really enjoyed Anja (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith) and let her having a main part did add something towards the flick.

If the end wouldn't have been that cheesy or even camp I guess it would have a bigger vote by some. But if you can stand a story that isn't believable or can stand cheap CGI then you will love it.

Strange storyline, the blood do flows, some gory shots and one nudity, yep, a primal horror.

Gore 3/5 Nudity 1/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5


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