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Needle -- A student inherits an 18th century machine with deadly supernatural powers. When the machine goes missing, he and his estranged brother team up to find the thief and stop the killings.
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Needle -- NEEDLE is best described as SAW meets FINAL DESTINATION.

SYNOPSIS: A college student inherits an 18th Century machine with deadly supernatural powers.  When the machine goes missing and friends start dying, the student must reunite with his estranged brother to find the thief and stop the killings.


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Release Date:
29 July 2011 (Turkey) See more »
Ten Suspects. Six Clues. One Killer... See more »
A killer uses an 18th century machine with supernatural powers to terrorize students at a college. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A very slick and well made film - go see it! See more (23 total) »



Travis Fimmel ... Marcus Rutherford

Ben Mendelsohn ... Detective Meares

Nathaniel Buzolic ... Ryan

Jessica Marais ... Kandi

Jane Badler ... Professor Banyon

Michael Dorman ... Ben Rutherford

John Jarratt ... Paul the Coroner

Tahyna Valentina MacManus ... Mary Matthews (as Tahyna Tozzi)

Murray Bartlett ... Tony Martin

Trilby Glover ... Isabel Du Pont

Gary Clementson ... Student

Khan Chittenden ... Jed

Chanel Marriott ... Lucy

Rebecca Chalon ... University Student

Malcolm Kennard ... Detective Reddick

Zaydah-lee ... Uni Student
Luke Carroll ... Nelson
Michael Loney ... Robert Shaw

Tahlia Norrish ... Student
James Hagan ... Samuel Rutherford

Aisling McGrogan ... College Student
Quintin George ... Mr. Joshua
Daniela Knopf ... Student
Jade Chamberlain ... Mourner

Phillip John Hastings ... Teacher
Chloe-Allyn Gallacher ... Extra (uncredited)
Rhian Kate Glossop ... Extra (uncredited)

Alyson Walker ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
John V. Soto 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Egan 
John V. Soto 

Produced by
Sean Baguley .... executive producer
Deidre Kitcher .... producer
Kane Manera .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jamie Blanks 
Cinematography by
Stephen F. Windon 
Film Editing by
Jason Ballantine 
Production Design by
Nigel Devenport 
Makeup Department
Paul Katte .... special makeup effects supervisor
Nick Nicolaou .... special makeup effects supervisor
Vivienne Rintoul .... hair & makeup artist
Production Management
Liz Kearney .... assistant production manager
Jane Sullivan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vikki Barr .... first assistant director
Claire Blake .... second assistant director
Michael Rautao .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ness Demaine .... art department co-ordinator
Damian Foley .... art department runner
Brandon Hendroff .... illustrations: MEG Group
Alexander Locke .... graphic artist
Jessica Surendorff .... art department assistant
Jess Tran .... set dresser (as Jessica Tran)
Monique Wajon .... set dresser
Beau Vance .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leon Anderson .... adr recordist
Leon Anderson .... foley editor
Glen Dillon .... sound recordist
Romain Drouillon .... french dubbing mixer
Dan Giles .... boom operator
Peter Miller .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Daniel Phillis .... sfx artist
Jeremy Shaw .... mechanical effects supervisor
Jeremy Shaw .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Steve Anderson .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Loui .... digital compositor
Filipe Marques .... digital compositor
Genevieve Serna .... digital compositor (as Genevieve A. Serna)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rusty Geller .... steadicam operator
Timothy Goodacre .... electrician
Justin Griffiths .... still photographer
Bruce Kentish .... fourth grip
David Maund .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Mark McCumber .... best boy
Melissa Ozich .... second assistant camera
Andrew Piercy .... third grip
Adrian Pinto .... video playback operator
Daniel Spriggs .... electrician
Gregory Stirling .... key grip
Nigel Tomkinson .... first assistant camera
Jean Vandermeiren .... gaffer
Daniel Walsh .... second assistant camera: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lien See Leong .... costume standby
Editorial Department
Ellena Flikier .... colorist: dailies
Adrian Hauser .... digital film colorist
Michelle Junee .... post-production coordinator
Matthew Ozerski .... first assistant editor
Justin Ngy Tran .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Music Department
Kim Green .... music supervisor
Other crew
Louis Byrne .... assistant to director
John Fairhead .... safety report
John Fairhead .... safety supervisor
Stuart Monksfield .... project manager
David Pollison .... acquisition consultant
Sam Winzar .... data wrangler

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Also Known As:
"Black Magic" - International (English title) (reissue title)
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Rated R for bloody horror and violence and language
Australia:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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52 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
A very slick and well made film - go see it!, 13 November 2010
Author: Blue_dwarf from Australia

I've been meaning to write this review since I first watched it at the "CinfestOz" Premiere in Busselton a few months back. After reading some of the highly critical and unfair reviews I thought I would put in my two cents worth. I support any film made in Perth, particularly if they use WA crews. (I work in the industry, but did not work on this film, unfortunately). "Needle", "Blame" and "Wasted on the Young" are three examples of quality WA films that have been made on low budgets.

The DOP on Needle was Steve Windon and its clear his eye has had a huge influence on the look of the film - it looks very slick. Although I believe this was shot on Digital, it looks like they used 35MM cameras.

The story is very fresh. I admit to being wary about watching an Australian "horror movie" as most have been terrible in the past, but this film is a breath of fresh air. I have never seen a film where the killer uses a machine that makes voodoo dolls. Congratulations to the writers for thinking of this new device. Although the film has the same generic elements of a slasher, the characters, locations and story set this as a quality film with some major unique differences.

The film has a slower pace than most frenetic (and usually bad) US slashers and I noted some of the reviewers have criticized the film for this - they couldn't be more wrong! I loved spending time with the characters and when they started to get killed off I did start to feel the tension gradually rising and rising until the climatic end.

I have noted from their website that they are promoting the murder mystery element of Needle and without doubt this is the strongest part of the film. I certainly did not work out the killer until the reveal and this was a great surprise.

Overall my opinion is that this is a good film, well worth watching. I can't wait to see this again when its released in cinemas in Australia!

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