Hounds of Love
Directed by Ben Young
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
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★★★½ review by Joe on Letterboxd
It turns out the real Hound of Love,
★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
I was questioning the meaning of
this movie's very existence, from
a moral standpoint, for almost the
entirety of its runtime, but that final
scene made me burst into a puddle
of my own tears, so, I don't know.
★★★★½ review by Troy L on Letterboxd
*Warning* for all you animal lovers out there. They do have a big animal cruelty scene that is disturbing. Just wanted to warn you about that...
When I was watching this it felt so believable. From scene to scene it kept getting more intense and I wondered what was going to happen next but every time I guessed it I was wrong. It was so unpredictable. This is definitely a disturbing film so watch at your own risk
★★★½ review by Marianna Neal on Letterboxd
A very impressive and brutal feature film debut from Ben Young! Heavily inspired by David and Catherine Birnie, this film will leave you in desperate need of a shower. It's a dirty, nasty experience that I can't really say I enjoyed, and would never want to watch again.
Though it's undoubtedly impressive from the filmmaking standpoint, I was left with a question: why this? What was the point of showing this? It's not the fun kind of horror/thriller, it's not really a film that has layers beyond the storyline and characters, and it doesn't seem to have anything to say beyond its brutality.
If someone tells you they actually loved and enjoyed this movie—RUN.
★★★★ review by John on Letterboxd
I get such a raging film boner when a horror movie manages to be beautiful and repulsive at the same time. And that hard-on becomes even more substantial when someone perfectly uses a Joy Division song in their film. Writer/director Ben Young is one to watch.
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