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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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Director:
Writers:
Nigel Christensen (story) &
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Release Date:
7 May 2011 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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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Backpacker horror with some good twists See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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

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 .... executive 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)
 
Stunts
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 .... assistant editor
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)
 
Thanks
Sophie Ashton .... extra special thanks
Simon Leadley .... in memoriam: 1956-2010
 

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80 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Backpacker horror with some good twists, 5 December 2011
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

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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