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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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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 ... 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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1987 Perth, Australia. Two serial killers are on the hunt. See more »


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Australia

Language:

English

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12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Av Köpekleri See more »

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Factor 30 Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Ben Young (V). See more »

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The antagonist vehicle was a VH Commodore Vacationer issued in 1983. The number plate or registration number of the vehicles issued between 1978 and 1997 were numbered 6AA-000 with black text on a reflective yellow background. The 1AAA-000 number plate series was introduced in 1997 and was styled blue text on a white reflective background. Prior to 1978, number plates in WA were numbered either UAA-000 or XAA-000 and were styled black text on white background. The 1983 vehicle depicted in the picture depicted a 1AAA-000 style number plate (1997 onwards) with black text on white background (pre-1978). It technically should have been a 6AA-000 plate with black text on yellow. Considering the amount of detail the director went into to recreate the era, this anachronism seems odd (even deliberate). 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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Powerfully acted, but do we need another brutal film like this?
2 September 2017 | by david-rector-85092See all my reviews

Hounds of love is a brutal, needlessly revolting exploration of the minds and deeds of psychopaths. No spoiler needed there. It is brilliantly acted, but as I sat and gave nearly 2 hours of my time to it, i wondered why it was made? With 'Snowtown' a few years back, and an endless number of overseas films dealing with this content, the Australian film industry is not going to stay afloat with horrific scenes as ones captured in this film. I''m not sure I am ever going to be able to laugh at Stephen Curry again; he plays the truly evil lead character here. Emma Booth who came to prominence a decade ago in the industry is impressive here; no doubt; it is guttural and devastating her performance. Ashleigh Cummings as the poor teenager violated by the couple is scaringly believable. The film recreates the look and feel of Western Australia in late 1987 and is creatively shot, edited and directed, but again I ask - why? This is not entertainment. It is torture porn. It is based on real life serial killers as was Snowtown but it has no real purpose.

I am viewing it as part of the 2017 AACTA screening process for the Australian film awards. Certainly Cummings and Booth deserve nods for their work, and Susie Porter is always sturdy and believable; here in a supporting role. Judging by the several pages of reviews already submitted for this film, my entry is probably not required, but this viewer is obviously not impressed by such horror and torture. No matter how brilliantly acted.


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