Critics have been unable to avoid comparisons with the Birnies. The film-makers, for their part, strongly resist the suggestion that Hounds is a true-crime story. Writer-director Ben Young has said that he drew on accounts of nine different murderous couples in developing the script, which explores the psychological dependencies that lead female killers to assist their partners in murder.
I even looked up the house that the Birnie murders took place in on one of those real-estate websites and the layout of the house in Hounds of Love is almost identical.
Hounds of Love is only the latest in a series of Australian films that draw on gruesome true-crime stories, and not always without controversy. Milat murdered seven people between and , beating, stabbing, and shooting his victims and burying them in Belanglo state forest in New South Wales. Like the Birnies, he preyed on hitchhikers, especially foreign tourists — two British women, and three Germans among them.
One night they see a girl named Vicki that snuck out of her home to go to a party walking on the street and stop to offer her a ride. At first, Vicki refuses, but they convince her to come to their home for some drugs. They go to the house and have a drink Vicki starts feeling woozy. She tries to leave but is forcibly prevented to leave.
The couple takes her into a room and chain her on a bed and gag her. The film at this point becomes a disturbing but riveting character study.
The couple mentally and physically torture Vicki. But what is shown is that Evelyn is a very unstable woman that is totally controlled by John. Vicki begins to try to drive a wedge between the couple, telling Evelyn that John doesn't love her.
Evelyn begins to have doubts. But eventually she becomes more willing to see Vicki die. Vicki's mother is desperately looking for her daughter. The tension is built up very well to a somewhat predictable conclusion. But the film is so well acted that you become invested in what's going on.
Really good film. Never talk to strangers!!!! If someone ever tries to take you, fight with everything you have. Young even introduces his film by observing that the real terror comes from what is not seen. Much of this film, set in Perth, Australia, at Christmas time, , is about the idea of a psychotic couple abducting and killing young women who happen to be stupid enough to get in the car of strangers.
I say "idea" because once the girl is chained to a bed, the couple begins to reveal their psychoses, almost exclusively about the loss of children in their lives. Although John White Stephen Curry does most of the physical heavy lifting as he abuses the girl, his partner, Evelyn Emma Booth , is the tormented one and the object of abducted teen Vicki's Ashleigh Cummings campaign to drive a wedge between the two.
The home and neighborhood is working class Perth, where similar events actually happened; the atmosphere is joyless living, not impoverished, just not nourished by the better angels of culture. As the film moves assuredly to the climax, the characters' arcs move toward their deserved fate: Vicki shows a presence her initial bratty teen side did not evidence, John becomes more vulnerable because he is visceral rather than cerebral, and Evelyn struggles with her desire to have her children back in her life and her desire to be loved by John.
The title, Hounds of Love, ingeniously plays off the couple's dog and everyone's hunt for love, even Vicki's wounded but intrepid mother.
Yes, life can have its moments of horror beyond the terrors of abuse and abduction. Hounds of Love is meaty film from a talented filmmaker and a delight to see in a summer sure to be filled with explosions not of the mind. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. The movie slowly introduces us to each character bit by bit. The main focus is Vicki and her horrible relationship with her Mother.
But within the first 20 mins the story wastes no time in getting really tense. The acting was absolutely brilliantly played by everyone involved. This would not have been an easy role for Ashley Cummings to play Vicki, the girl who went through and goes through hell. Stephen Curry does a great job at playing the childish, yet ringleader of as John White. While he may be skinny and not looking so tough And while he maybe childish he is a leader and one not to be messed with, especially if he loses his temper.
Last but not least Emma Booth. She seriously gives an Oscar Worthy Performance here. Her role is so powerful, and yet so terrifying and horrible and disturbed that she is twice as bad as John Stephen Curry. At times you feel sorry for her then she does the unthinkable! I doubt it will happen but Emma Booth truly deserved an Oscar for this role if the movie gets more recognition, because it's her best role yet.
A truly terrifying villain. Newcomer Ben Young does excellent as this is his first feature Film, and he is off to a magnificent start. While people may complain that this is a student film and it's incredibly low budget Me and Nick The Autistic Reviewers wouldn't recommend it to the faint of heart, because so many people would be offended over a film like this.
It's a great movie, but only see it if you have a high pain tolerance. In short, surprisingly good. If you like the edge of your seat psychological thriller that simultaneously captures a time of the past perfectly and feels so real that you find yourself researching to find out whether or not it was based on true events, then you'll definitely want to see this one.
This definitely feels like you're sitting front and center as part of the film itself, as though you're watching something private that wasn't intended to be seen by anyone but the participants. Atmospheric and keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time, this movie transports the viewer back to the year They certainly captured the year perfectly along with character nuances and the emotion of the time. The story was ever so slightly similar to that of the true events of Colleen J.
Stan from California, however this story takes place a decade later in Australia and the kidnapped girl is younger high school age and isn't kept in a box. This film, while it certainly FEELS like a true story, is not and is actually a compilation of inspiration from various similar events from true crime writing. That said, the writing is really that good.
The ending has a couple of surprises and what you anticipate happening doesn't then changes again, so I felt it was worth the review. I will confess to often finding Australia to be a haunting place. I have a strange fascination with it. It's hard to explain, but I really enjoy watching Australian films, because of that. Kate Bush. Hounds of Love. The Big Sky. Mother Stands for Comfort. And Dream of Sheep. Under Ice. Waking the Witch. Watching You Without Me. Jig of Life.
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