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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.

Director:

Josh Reed

Writers:

Nigel Christensen (story), Josh Reed (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zoe Gameau Zoe Gameau ... Anja (as Zoe Tuckwell-Smith)
Krew Boylan ... Mel
Lindsay Farris ... Chad
Rebekah Foord Rebekah Foord ... Kris
Damien Freeleagus Damien Freeleagus ... Warren
Wil Traval ... Dace
Mark Saunders Mark Saunders ... Painter (as Alfred Coolwell)
Walangari Karntawarra Jakamarra Walangari Karntawarra Jakamarra ... Monster (as Walangari Karntawarra)
Stephen Shanahan Stephen Shanahan ... Settler
Ch'aska Cuba de Reed Ch'aska Cuba de Reed ... Settler's Daughter
Santiago Cuba de Reed Santiago Cuba de Reed ... Settler's Son
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Storyline

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 and confused she physically and mentally regresses to a vicious predatory state. Mel has gone primal. Mel's lover and friends realize they are the prey as she savagely hunts them down. Before they can escape 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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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primale See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Crazy Credits

All Indigenous artworks depicted in this motion picture are non-tribal in origin and are not related to any known Aboriginal myths or stories. See more »

Soundtracks

Shapeless
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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Excellent for gore and horror
28 January 2011 | by BernesePleaseSee all my reviews

I was quite entertained with this little horror flick and it doesn't disappoint in the gore department - it is unabashed and unflinching, and far more vivid than any of the usual fair. It rivals the Oz horrors such as Wolf Creek.

The tale is about six young people researching ancient cave paintings in the outback of Australia. A mysterious illness creeps upon one of the young women, stranding the entire party as they fight for survival against the nightmarish force.

Not bad special effects for a low budget film and it keeps up a steady pace of excitement. It's an entertaining 90 minutes despite the last quarter. The ending...well... is full of cheesy, over the top, blatant, symbolism.


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