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Hounds of Love (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 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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Ben Young
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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 Fletcher Humphrys ... Gary
Steve Turner Steve Turner ... Troy
Holly Jones Holly Jones ... Miss Martin
Michael Muntz ... Sergeant Mathews
Marko Jovanovic Marko Jovanovic ... Sergeant Henderson
Liam Graham ... Pete
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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Inspired by True Events See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

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12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Av Köpekleri See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The film's closing credits declare that this movie was: "Filmed on location in Western Australia". See more »

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When depicting the kidnapping after the netball game, the camera pans up to reveal a number of roofs with solar panels. In 1987 solar panel installations would have been extremely rare and far beyond the means of home owners in such a neighbourhood. 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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Features A Christmas Carol (1971) See more »

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Performed by Joy Division
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Hounds of Love, good Kate Bush album, boring movie.
7 June 2017 | by adamtardisSee all my reviews

The synopsis enticed to me to give it a try: 'a serial killing couple abducts a young girl' (paraphrasing), a pithy plot-line marketing something I've seen a thousand times before; maybe it's generic, but seems like it could offer some thrills, perhaps an interesting psychological angle.

And then I sat through it.

Zzzzz....

Oh wait, is it over?

This film is categorized as a psychological thriller. The issue is it's neither.

There were attempts made at thrills. One that comes to mind is Vicki hiding in the bathtub while the couple thinks she jumped out of the window. But it's so sloppy, to sloppy to take seriously. How didn't they hear the barking, or the window being pushed open? Because they were making out? Really? In another scene the husband kicks the dog to death which served the only emotional reaction I had while watching. Was it a good scene? No. Did it jerk me awake? Sorta.

Made me feel kinda icky though.

I'd forgive a lack of visceral thrills if it offered interesting psychological examination.

Again, another dud.

The psychological examination centers around the wife, but the issue is that I never believed her. Apparently she's been with the husband since she was 13, she looks to be mid-30s, so that's a long time. Long enough to know that your serial killing husband likes to sexually assault before he kills. But for some reason, his infidelity came to her as quite a shock. Serial killers tend to fall into a few categories, one of them is sex killer, and for the most part their habits stay the same.

The other issue is that I never got to know the wife's character. We're given glimpses of her c-section, find out that she's estranged from her kids, possibly husband. But the issue is that they are all just hints, leaving us to fill in the blanks with not much to go on.

So yeah. Lemme wrap this up: snails pace, generic indie cinematography, okay soundtrack, lackluster plotting, pretty good acting though.

4/10


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