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 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
★★★★ 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.
★★★½ review by Kalpit Tandon on Letterboxd
First thing that strikes bang on right is the atmosphere. Second is the intensity, like a tightly looped sharp wire. And the third, which cuts the most are somehow, all the unseen events, the horror that is not explicitly shown. Plus, all those blood curdling screams are sufficient enough to haunt your nights to come.
In a rare turn of circumstances, Ben Young has role reversed the abuser and victim in a creepily distorted manner. It came out rather strongly in multiple avenues, that Evelyn was as much a victim as our teen prom queen. With a scorching eye for details and breathtaking screenplay, Hounds of Love is yet another blow-your-brains-out vicious crime thriller sprouting out from underbelly of Australian suburbs.
★★★★½ review by Chris Genro on Letterboxd
A supremely disturbing and well acted psychological thriller from Australia. This country has given us so many gems in the genre and this continues that trend in the tradition of films like Wolf Creek and Snowtown.
The acting across the board is absolutely fantastic but I have to give a shout out to Emma Booth who not only an amazing actress but a stunningly exotic beauty. Stephen Curry and Ashleigh Cummings round out the 3 main characters of our film that mainly focuses on a couple that kidnap a young teen (Vicki) to use in their sexual fantasies. Vicki quickly learns the couples relationship is tenuous and tries to use that to her advantage to escape.
I also want to point out the musical score is a standout. Its not throughout the film but only at certain points and its pulse pounding tracks that really ratchet up the suspense and disturbing nature of the material. If there is one issue I had with the film its with the ending as it all felt a little to coincidental. But nevertheless this is still fantastic and one of the best horror films of 2017. 4.5/5 stars.
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