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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

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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 »

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

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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Nice little surprise from down under
3 June 2011 | by roberthaynesSee all my reviews

I love when a little film comes out of nowhere and bites me on the behind and forces me to take it seriously whilst having a whale of a time. Primal is one such film.

Sharp dialogue, believable characters and some pretty nifty visual and makeup effects make this an entertaining and undemanding, often quite subversive time waster.

It's not going to win any awards but that's never the intention with a something like this. At a brisk 80 odd minutes it doesn't hang around long enough to become self indulgent or boring and just when you think you know where it's going the screenwriter throws another curve-ball your way.

One satisfied customer her with a very solid seven out of ten.


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