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Acolytes (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 25 March 2009 (France)
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Three teenagers blackmail a serial killer.

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Jon Hewitt

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S.P. Krause, Shayne Armstrong (as Shayne Armstrong) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edgerton ... Ian Wright
Michael Dorman ... Gary Parker
Sebastian Gregory ... Mark
Hanna Mangan Lawrence ... Chasely (as Hanna Mangan-Lawrence)
Joshua Payne Joshua Payne ... James
Belinda McClory ... Kay Wright
Holly Baldwin Holly Baldwin ... Tanya Lee
Anthony Phelan ... Tanya Lee's Dad
Bella Heathcote ... Petra
Sue Dwyer Sue Dwyer ... Ma Parker
Todd Levi ... Detective 1
Danny Baldwin Danny Baldwin ... Detective 2
Harley Bennick Harley Bennick ... Young James
Ryan Sheldrake Ryan Sheldrake ... Young Mark
Leigh Prewecki Leigh Prewecki ... Kay and Ian's Baby
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James Tresswick and Mark Vincent are victims of a brutal bully Gary Parker who has maltreated both boys, marking their bodies and spoiling their young lives. In their last year of high school, James and Mark find a way to stop being victims. They're going to kill Gary; Wandering alone around an isolated forest - the suspected site of the disappearance of a local girl - 17 year old Mark strays upon an adult male filling in a trench. It's suspicious and tantalizing. Mark returns with his friend James and Chasley Keys and they bring shovels to exhume what will probably be rotting garbage or someone's dead pet - or so they tell themselves. They find the ghostly white body of a woman. She's a tourist - a Canadian backpacker. The "trench" is a grave. The "adult male" is her killer. And they've got him by the balls. Responding to Mark's intimations James floats an idea to seek out "the sicko". It'll be a bit of fun. He's confident the guy lives in their suburb; Mark saw his car parked on a ... Written by Armstrong & Krause

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Nothing stays buried forever.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Caçada Sinistra See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie. See more »

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Sweetheart
performed by Died Pretty
Written by Ronald Peno & Brett Myers
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia
Polygram - Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd,
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
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Apparently, Aussie teenagers are just as dumb
26 July 2009 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

This is not truly a horror, more of a slasher variation. Three teens stumble upon a serial killer. They decide to not call the police. That about settles it right there and then. About one hour more of absurd behaviour and thinking and the movie ends.

The film had its good parts, mainly the relationship between the three teens and the psychological tension at the end. The middle, however, was pretty damn annoying, especially the flashbacks at twice the sound volume that instead of frightening me were making me fast forward.

Bottom line: some Australian movies are very good. This is not one of them. I rate it slightly below average because of the premise. Could have been a lot better with a minimum of effort.


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