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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:
Zoë Gameau Zoë 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

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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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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 »

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When Chad and Anja are talking at the campfire, a mic appears at the top edge of the picture. See more »

Quotes

Warren: Quarter of a billion alpha males in this world, and we get the dog-shit one!
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the production of this motion picture (but many of the crew were attacked by leeches). See more »

Soundtracks

Terrible Things
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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All those teeth...
9 March 2011 | by celrSee all my reviews

I mostly hate those so-called 'slasher flicks' which feature a group of witless, narcissistic and dim-witted teenagers (or vapid 20 somethings) who go out into the woods and are picked off one by one by either a madman seeking vengeance or some restless supernatural entity. This one pretty much follows the formula except it's a rather good example of the genre. The acting isn't that bad and the pacing is really good. The campers all have distinct characters. Once you accept the premise that some kind of supernatural virus is on the loose in an isolated part the Outback which turns people into carnivorous predators you can watch the group try to work together to survive. Sometimes they get hysterical, and sometimes they do really stupid things but sometimes they actually make intelligent moves. In any case I was entertained.


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