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Primal -- A young woman is reduced to a crazed predatory state while camping with her friends in the Australian wilderness.


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Release Date:
7 May 2011 (Japan) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Zoe Tuckwell-Smith ... Anja

Krew Boylan ... Mel

Lindsay Farris ... Chad
Rebekah Foord ... Kris
Damien Freeleagus ... Warren

Wil Traval ... 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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Directed by
Josh Reed 
Writing credits
Nigel Christensen (story) &
Josh Reed (story)

Josh Reed (screenplay)

Produced by
Nigel Christensen .... producer
John Cordukes .... producer
James Crawford .... associate producer
Rob Gibson .... producer
Josh Reed .... producer
Original Music by
Rob Gibson 
Cinematography by
John Biggins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Josh Reed 
Casting by
Kirsty McGregor 
Production Design by
Gypsy Taylor 
Art Direction by
Simon Elsley 
Costume Design by
Emily Schulz 
Makeup Department
Charmaine Connelly .... prosthetics coordinator
Rick Connelly .... prosthetics supervisor
Sam Edwards .... makeup assistant (as Samantha Edwards)
Jane Holder .... prosthetics makeup artist
Lynne O'Brien .... hair stylist: pickups unit
Lynne O'Brien .... makeup artist: pickups unit
Marion Phillips .... key hair artist
Marion Phillips .... key makeup artist
Cathy Ransley .... makeup assistant (as Kathy Ramsley)
Russell Sharp .... prosthetics assistant
Jessica Nelson .... assistant special effects makeup (uncredited)
Hugo Villasenor .... assistant special effects makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Doni Archer .... production manager
Nigel Christensen .... post-production supervisor
Danni Janus .... production manager: pickups
John Wheeler .... unit commander
Lee Brazier .... executive in charge of production: AV Pictures (uncredited)
Ed Marx .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephanie Bridger .... first assistant director: pickups unit
Michael Chrisoulakis .... first assistant director: pickups unit
Tony Leach .... first assistant director
Andrew Pante .... second assistant director
Jordan Taranto .... third assistant director
Matt Zettell .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kati Bottomley .... additional props buyer
Natalie Bracher .... art finisher
Mark Campbell .... art department coordinator
Mark Campbell .... art director: pickups unit
Mark Campbell .... on-set art director
Loretta Cosgrove .... technician: CNC
Mark Diggins .... carpentry foreman
Ben Foley .... leading hand set builder
Justin Gerke .... set builder
Roger Gillespie .... head plasterer
Lucas Goodchild .... plasterer
Greg Hajdu .... construction supervisor
Pepi Kokab .... art department runner (as Pepi Kobab)
Gaetano Lagana .... scenic artist (as Gatano Lagana)
Tim Latch .... stagehand
Jacob Nash .... artist: indigenous rock artwork
Mark Panucci .... set builder
Stefhan Perry .... art runner
Stefhan Perry .... coordinator
Gemima Snars .... scenic artist
Michael Swingle .... scenic artist
Eddy Taylor .... scenic artist
Amanda Testa .... art department: set modifications/alter
Gary Vickers .... stagehand
Ben Walker .... stand-by props master
Andre Zdroykowski .... plasterer
Sound Department
Leon Anderson .... adr recordist
James Andrews .... adr recordist
Damian Candusso .... sound effects editor
Rosie Chase .... adr assistant
Nigel Christensen .... dialogue editor
Nigel Christensen .... sound designer
Nigel Christensen .... sound effects editor
Nigel Christensen .... sound recordist: pickups unit
Sophie Gleitzman .... dialogue editor
Sophie Gleitzman .... sound effects editor
Justin Hughes .... foley artist
Polly McKinnon .... dialogue editor
Gerry Neutch .... boom swinger: replacement
John O'Connell .... sound recordist
Ian Rumbell .... boom swinger
Fabian Sanjurjo .... sound effects editor
Eren Sener .... sound attachment
Tony Vaccher .... sound mixer
Daniel Young .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Meg Ashforth .... special effects prop shop supervisor
Alexa Ashton .... special effects props assistant
Helen Dang .... special effects props assistant
Bridget Dolan .... special effects prop fabricator
Luke Ede .... special effects props assistant
Orlando Norrish .... special effects prop shop supervisor
Dan Oliver .... special effects advisor: rigging
Ian Sinclair .... technician: plasticine extraction
Kathy Mar Young .... special effects prop fabricator
Hill Vinot .... mold maker: Proteus FX (uncredited)
Thad Whitley .... dental prosthetics: Dental Distortions (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kristen Anderson .... 3D concept artist
Doug Bayne .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Blake .... lead compositor
Landon Curry .... studio manager: Red Cartel
Jeremy Davidson .... rigging: Red Cartel
Jeremy Davidson .... technical director: Red Cartel
Matt Dignum .... creative director: Red Cartel
Blake Druery .... compositor
Matt Ebb .... compositor: Red Cartel
Matt Ebb .... shading: Red Cartel
Nicole Mather .... matte painter
Alex McCleod .... additional visual effects: tentacle effects (as Alex McLeod)
Rob Moffet .... compositor
Mark Mulligan .... rigging: Red Cartel
Mark Mulligan .... technical director: Red Cartel
James Neale .... producer: Red Cartel
Greg Petchkovsky .... models: Red Cartel (as Greg Petchovsky)
Warren Powell .... effects: Red Cartel
Will Skinner .... compositor
Jessica Clare Smith .... compositor (as Jessica Smith)
Luke Sullivan .... animation: Red Cartel
James Cowen .... titles designer (uncredited)
Donna Mathewson .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Stephanie Bridger .... additional stunt assistant
Grant Page .... safety supervisor
Leroy Page .... stunt assistant
Holly Thompson .... stunt assistant
Jared S. Eddo .... key stunt rigger (uncredited)
Terry Notary .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathan Barlow .... additional grip assistant
John Biggins .... director of photography: pickups unit
Bastien Chapignac .... clapper loader
Bastien Chapignac .... focus puller: pickups unit
Max Davis .... second camera operator
Remi Durrenberger .... electrics assistant: pickups unit
Remi Durrenberger .... electrics
Vera Hong .... camera attachment
Paul Jones .... additional grip assistant
Beau Moulson .... best boy
Alex Orellana .... focus puller (as Alex 'Alby' Orellana)
Ryan Peters .... data wrangler
Ryan Peters .... data wrangler: pickups unit
Matt Russell .... gaffer
Matt Russell .... gaffer: pickups unit
Jith Sen .... grip assistant
Pip Shapiera .... key grip (as Pip 'The Grip' Shapiera)
Mark Tipple .... additional grip assistant
Brie Walsh .... focus puller: pickups unit
Brie Walsh .... focus puller: second camera
Tim Walsh .... camera attachment
Benjamin Zadig .... camera attachment (as Ben Zadig)
Benjamin Zadig .... clapper loader: pickups unit (as Ben Zadig)
Ryan Joblin Allen .... electrician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lucky Gorka .... casting assistant (as Eliza Gorka)
Stevie Ray .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cyd Cornall .... costume assistant
Andrea Hood .... costume standby
Emily Schulz .... wardrobe: pickups unit
Editorial Department
Stewart Arnott .... editing assistant
Nikki Freeman .... color grading coordinator
Amanda Liok .... editing assistant
Warren Lynch .... digital colourist
Music Department
Simon Leadley .... music mixer
Angela Little .... music programmer
Transportation Department
Miles Jones .... provider: truck & equipment
Paul Naylor .... location vehicles
Ric Petro .... location vehicles
Other crew
Hugh Allen .... runner: pickups unit
Asten Blakley .... grunt
Elaine Boyd .... production accountant
James Bramley .... representative: Fox Studios Australia
Stephanie Bridger .... production assistant to director
Nafiz Chowdhury .... overnight security
Pauline Clague .... script consultant
Emma Cohen .... unit nurse
Adam Dowell .... runner: pickups unit
Lee Glen Edmunds .... unit assistant
Sophie Gleitzman .... runner: pickups unit
Anna Hamilton .... locations manager: pre
Katie Harris .... unit nurse
Jill Hewitt .... representative: Moneypenny
Danni Janus .... production coordinator
Cynthia Keyte .... representative: Fox Studios Australia
Sean Kirby .... grunt
Jennifer Leacey .... schedule: pre
Liane Lee .... post-production accountant
Harley Legge .... grunt
Amanda Liok .... production assistant
Amanda Liok .... runner: pickups unit
Kate Meyer .... representative: Moneypenny
Josh Reed .... grunt (as Josh Eggleston)
Suzanne Richards .... unit nurse
Alan Robinson .... budget: pre
Kent Sansom .... animal wrangler
Neil Sharma .... production runner
Robert Simper .... safety report
Kurt Skorski .... grunt
Kerry Smith .... unit nurse
Andrew Teo .... caterer: Gypsy Kitchen
Brett Thornquest .... representative: Moneypenny
Brett Thornquest .... tax services
Lisa Thornquest .... representative: Moneypenny
Kristin Voumard .... script supervisor
Sonja Wilder .... unit nurse (as Sonia Wilder)
Andy Attenhofer .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Gabriel Jiménez .... assistant: producer: Costa Rica unit (uncredited)
Jose D. Rocha .... production intern (uncredited)
Erin Tambellini .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Sophie Ashton .... extra special thanks
Simon Leadley .... in memoriam: 1956-2010

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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Boom mic visible: 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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Best Lit Horror Movie I can remember, 27 September 2011
Author: byolaf

This is a classic 'take your friends to the woods and kill them' first-time horror movie, but it's so much better than other similar movies that it deserves a watch.

First, I want to commend the outstanding lighting. I can't remember a better lighted movie. Every scene is just as dark or as bright as it needs to be, you're never confused about who is where or what is what. If you're a student of lighting or cinematography, especially if you want to make horror, this is a mandatory watch.

The cinematography is also very good throughout, never betraying a budget, as are the effects. The director holds his cast through what must have been a fairly frustrating shoot for some of the actors (you get to wear blood makeup for 3/4's of the movie! We're nowhere near a shower!). This is a professional movie, and I couldn't tell if it was made for 1 million or 10.

The writing is well above par for this type of movie. There is a character who makes decisions that are very frustrating for the viewer and freezes more than you want him to, but that is good writing, not bad as some reviewers have complained. You get a feeling from the script that these people know each other and have relationships deeper than what you see. The plot moves along at a nice clip, and the comedy comes at the right moments to relieve tension and is genuinely funny. The last line works in a special kind of way where it's predictable, you want it said, and yet it brings a smile to your lips when it is said.

One more thing, the gore is pretty normal for the whole movie, but the ending turns to a couple of concepts that definitely pushed me past my comfort zone and made me feel very squeamish. While most of the movie is horror of the jump-scare sort or the tension sort, the last few minutes get to some psychological horror that is genuinely disturbing. It felt scary and squidgy at the time, but it was appropriate and elevated the movie past a basic type of horror movie.

Hokay, so I'm giving this a 10 because it seems horribly low-rated to me. I think the movie did everything it set out to do, is scary, funny, and fun in parts, and feels like a complete piece. It gets a lot of average ratings but it doesn't feel like an average film. I see that a lot of people dislike the ending, but I'm not sure what they wanted/expected. The script went where it wanted to go. The ending ramps up the gore and is all but certain to shock you. Definitely worth a watch for yourself to see if you agree with them or me.

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