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Hounds of Love

Director: Ben Young

Writer: Ben Young

Cast: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry

Cert: 18

Running time: 108mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Perth, 1987. Teenage school girl Vickie (Cummings) is abducted by serial killer couple John and Evelyn (Curry and Booth). Held hostage by them, she attempts to influence the tremulous, though dangerous Evelyn.

What’s the verdict: Hounds of Love is the type of film that generates buzz on the horror film festival circuit, but has a short lifespan in the real world.

Borrowing heavily from the superior Snowtown, debut writer/director Young shoots with the same muted aesthetic, locating the film’s horrors in a forgotten working class neighbourhood, with serial killers who force their victims to pen diversionary notes to family members.

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Never Let Go Unleashed 3rd October!

never-let-go-dvd-coverHoward J Ford and his brother Jon have a rich history of scaring audiences. The Dead and The Dead 2: India both delivered imaginative, unusual takes on the zombie apolcaypse genre, travelling to places not typically seen overrun by undead hordes.

With Never Let Go, Howard goes solo for the first time (although brother Jon contributes aerial photography). But, this Taken with a female twist maintains the high levels of suspense for which the Ford boys are well known. A multi award-winning thriller, it stars Angela Dixon as a single mother forced into a desperate race against time to find her missing daughter in Morocco.

Brimming with surprises, kinetic action and a ferocious central performance from Dixon as the unstoppable mother with a particular set of skills, Never Let Go dives into the...

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Pet

Pet-posterDirector: Carles Torrens

Writer: Jeremy Slater

Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jeannette McCurdy

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: Misfit city kennel worker Seth (Monaghan) bumps into high-school infatuation Holly (Solo) one day, reigniting his passion. When his advances are rejected, Seth kidnaps Holly and keeps her in the basement of the kennel. And the power play begins…

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What’s the verdict: Owing a big debt to John Fowles’ classic novel The Collector (turned into a memorable Terence Stamp/Samantha Eggar movie), Pet is premium grade pulp horror.

Dominic Monaghan delivers a wonderfully David Brent-ian turn as lonely dog lover Seth, sensing a spark between him and coolly beautiful former classmate Holly, Ksenia Solo delivering an effective, ...

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The Call (2013)

The Call - quad poster - Halle BerryDirector: Brad Anderson

Cast: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Michael Eklund, Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli

Runtime: 95 minutes

Cert: 15

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: It’s high concept hell for Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin who deserve better than this formulaic 90’s throwback that should be cut off long before its demented denouement.

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The Verdict: The Call begins with 911 operator Jordan (Berry) leaving her job after a fatal lapse in judgement. Six months on, still traumatised, she’s training new recruits on how to handle the pressures of work. When an inexperienced operator receives a call from Casey (Breslin), an abducted teenage girl imprisoned in the trunk of a car, Jordan reluctantly takes over and has a chance to save Casey and redeem herself.

Originally created as a televisi...

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The Tall Man

The-Tall-Man-2012-Movie-Title-BannerDirector: Pascal Laugier

Cast: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Samantha Ferris, Eve Harlow, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis

Cert: 15

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: Director Pascal Laugier follows his ferocious sophomore movie Martyrs with another first-class shocker.  Jessica Biel is a doctor in an economically depressed mining town whose children are vanishing at an alarming rate.  Locals believe “the Tall Man” is spiriting the kids away into the nearby woods and over one terrifying night the truth is uncovered, but this is just the beginning.  Shocking, unusual and with raw emotion and smarts to spare, this is one of the year’s biggest surprises.

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The full verdict: Martyrs was an extraordinary love-it-or-hate-it horror movie with plenty of plot twists among...

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