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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 9:49 p.m. PST

…Has a Mean Streak.

"Nobody does bleak brutality quite like the Aussies. Wolf Creek, Snowtown, Hounds of Love — they all share cruel, sharp edges, staring face first into the void of human hunger for violence and never flinching. Damien Power‘s directorial debut, Killing Ground proudly runs with that torch. It's unusually unnerving and disturbing, not for high-concept visions of a world gone bad or fantastical on-screen depictions of horror and violence, but for the imposing awareness that this could all actually happen to anybody, anywhere, at any time.

For our heroes, it happens while camping. The already terrible pastime becomes the stuff of nightmares for two families on holiday near Australia's Gungilee Falls. There's Ian (Ian Meadows) and Sam (Harriet Dyer), a sweet and spirited recently engaged couple escaping lakeside for a romantic retreat, and there's the Bakers, the family unit headed up by Rob (Julian Garner) and Margaret (Maya Strange), a pair of crunchy granola hippies who bring their teenage daughter (Tiarnie Coupland) and toddler son (Liam Parke) for a little campground guitar plucking and philosophizing. We don't learn much about them, but we learn enough to like them. These are good people who love each other, which makes it a lot worse when the film starts earning its title and we watch them get tormented, tortured, sexually assaulted, and killed…"
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ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2017 3:29 a.m. PST

I think I'll pass on this film.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

So it's a musical comedy.

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