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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


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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Everly---Salma-Hayek,-posterDirector: Joe Lynch

Writer: Yale Hannon (screenplay and story), Joe Lynch (story)

Cast: Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Akie Kotabe, Laura Cepeda

Cert: 18

Running Time: 92 mins

Year: 2015


The lowdown: Furiously hot sexpot Salma Hayek is the titular heroine out for revenge in what should be a blood-soaked blast. Instead, a witless script and a cockamamie plot create a careless mess with lethargic logic and monotonous monologues. Gorehounds may lap up the copious claret on offer but anyone hoping for style or substance should look elsewhere.


The full verdict: Setting an action film almost entirely in one location, due to script or budgetary restrictions requires imagination and invention. Recent successes The Raid and Dredd and classics like Assault on Precinct 13 managed to create car...

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Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves - Keshales, Papushado, posterDirectors: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

Writers: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan

Cert: 18

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: From the makers of Rabies, Israel’s first horror movie, comes Israel’s second horror movie. A nasty tale of revenge torture, child abduction and particularly dark impulses, Big Bad Wolves is confident horror filmmaking, but not without problems. And bring a strong stomach.

Big Bad Wolves - Keinan, Ashkenazi, tortureBig Bad Wolves - Grad, hammer, torture

The full verdict: Like all good fairy tales, Big Bad Wolves features good and bad and both are plain to see.

First the good. Writer/directors Kehsales and Papushado understand how to sideswipe audience expectations, making plot twists and turns with the brio of Tarantino in his heyday.

Shocking violence, sweaty-palmed suspense and v...

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