Horror / Thriller
Horror / Thriller
A couple's camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.
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November 09, 2017 at 04:47 AM
It Almost Made It!
I give this a six because honestly I had planned on giving it an eight.
That is up until the end. I won't give it away, of course, but simply
saying here it is the reason for a two point drop in rating pretty much
says I feel it seriously damaged the film.
Now this may be my opinion only. May be my pet peeve, actually. Back
when IMDb had a forum I would rant often about the current trend in
movies to have such endings as this, and thankfully found I was not
alone in my dislike.
What about the rest? Very suspenseful film making with a unique twist
to what would otherwise be another "Deliverance" meets "Wolf Creek"
psychos in the wilderness tale. The time anomalies were at first hard
to grasp but once grasped became compelling (two time lines between two
sets of characters yet you are not aware of the time disparity till,
well, you become obviously aware that these people are not in the same
time though are in the same place). Once everything catches up and the
story is happening in the same time frame the film continues to be
hectic, surprising, and nerve racking.
The performances all around were good. No sour notes or bad actors
So what bothered me? Well... like I said, the end. There wasn't one.
Not a proper one anyway. The fate of one character is never addressed,
just left hanging, and the two main characters never have that
conversation that they so desperately needed to have and share with us!
The film simply went to a blackout. And so like the fate of that
hanging character, we the audience are left hanging. At least I was.
The lack of proper denouement in current film is to me a sign that
writers and directors simply have no idea how to end their projects;
and so they don't, chalking it all up to "art". It isn't art it is
laziness. That or poor education.
This film could have been a classic.
A well shot but pointless and forgettable torture fest
Aaron Pederson came off Mystery Road and Goldstone for....this? He
should be hitting Hollywood with his talent, but instead he'll settle
for a script with little originality or imagination, and fellow great
actors wasting their talents. Harriet Dyer is a terrific performer and
has shown her charisma on the shows No Activity and The Other Guy, but
is only required to be frightened wife captured by a maniac here, big
boost into cinema that one is. Aaron Glenane is a convincing
psychopath, but his and Pederson's characters are given no motivation
or explanation for killing, they just do it for a laugh it seems. The
only praise this deserves is for its beautiful cinematography, given
the proper cinematic look with a proper film camera and lenses, rather
than the grainy fly on the wall style that outstayed its welcome years
back. Shows off the amazing countryside but then again does little with
it but put in a hackneyed story and boring characters. Another miss for
Aussie film. Except for people who love watching people get shot in the
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From what I've noticed, horror has been divided in too many
subcategories. We have gore, torture porn, dark thrillers and so on.
The French do most of the gore as clearly they missed the mark for a
true scary story. Of course there are some better examples like Haute
Tension or Martyrs for some, but they still include a lot of blood and
violence. Spain makes brilliant thrillers, just lovely, superb stories
that rarely manage to scare but intrigue more than anything.
An Aussie horror is mainly represented by some lost campers somewhere
that are about to be tortured by some crazy hillbillies. I've seen this
story so many times, that it turned into nothing short but boredom for
me. I won't say Killing Ground is a bad movie, far from it, but it has
been made a lot of times before. Storm Warning, Wolf Creek, Timber
Falls, Eden Lake, Turistas and so many that turned the formula into a
cliché by now. It's like seeing another zombie movie, you know what you
are about to watch and expect right?
So if you want to watch another add-on of this type, go ahead, it will
deliver perhaps slightly better. I'm ready for something different tho.