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Hounds of Love (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 12 May 2017 (USA)
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Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

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Ben Young

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Booth ... Evelyn White
Ashleigh Cummings ... Vicki Maloney
Stephen Curry ... John White
Susie Porter ... Maggie
Damian de Montemas ... Trevor
Harrison Gilbertson ... Jason
Fletcher Humphrys ... Gary
Steve Turner ... Troy
Holly Jones Holly Jones ... Miss Martin
Michael Muntz ... Sergeant Mathews
Marko Jovanovic Marko Jovanovic ... Sergeant Henderson
Liam Graham ... Pete
Lisa Bennet Lisa Bennet ... Gabby Donovan
Eileen Colocott Eileen Colocott ... Elderly Neighbour
Kingsley Judd Kingsley Judd ... Shop Attendant
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In 1987 Perth, Austraila, John and Evelyn White. are a pair of serial killers who target teenage girls. One night, Vicki Maloney, who impetuously sneaks out of the house for a forbidden party, is lured by the pair into their clutches. Now paying dearly for her naivety, Vicki must endure a horrific nightmare of confinement and torture at the hands of this depraved pair. Against these murderers, Vicki's only chance of survival is a mix of subterfuge, cunning, and mind games while her estranged parents and her boyfriend desperately try to learn what has happened and what can be done to find her. Meanwhile, the Whites have growing problems of their own, which could provide the only hope Vicki could have to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Av Köpekleri See more »

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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Ben Young (V). See more »

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When Evelyn is in the queue at the delicatessen, there is a packet of Nongshim Onion Rings in metallised film packaging on the shelf to her right. It is highly unlikely that this imported Korean snack would have been around in Australia in the eighties, as would have been any imported snack. Besides metallised film was not introduced to food packaging until the 1990's. See more »

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John White: I'll tell you what. How about... you and I... go in there right now and show her who's running the show? Come on, Evie. That's why she's here. Let's make the most of her. Together. Like we always do...
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Couple of monsters.
9 May 2017 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Great movie about horrific stuff. There ya go. Evelyn and John cruise Perth school yards, fishing for teenage girls with friendly Aussie banter and car ride offers. The pleasantries end right there.

As the secret predator couple in the neighbourhood, Emma Booth and Stephen Curry are spectacular in their complicated performances. Charming and congenial, slick and methodical, brutal and sadistic, vulnerable and suspicious; all bases are covered. "Hounds of Love" is about serial sexual homicide, and it is as brutal as that sounds. Not in an exploitative manner (most of the cruelty is off screen), but in its believable depiction of perversion, and the matter of fact execution by the monsters.

Sporting a cheesy mustache, Curry presents a tiny, unassuming wimp - he is humiliated and berated about money owing. Yet deep inside he is a tight wound ball of explosion, and the creepy manipulator of all crimes. Evelyn is a more than wiling accomplice, but she has a wounded past, shows some semblance of sympathy, and is thus the weak link in the monster couple. How all this plays out in the most recent triangle is expertly framed by newbie filmmaker Ben Young.

"Hounds of Love" is a difficult watch, but it's also difficult to ignore.


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