The Snowtown Murders
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Based on the horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, where police found dismembered bodies rotting in barrels, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS, which marks Justin Kurzel's directorial debut is a stark journey into the feral subculture of welfare dependence, addiction, domestic violence, brutality and sexual abuse. Elizabeth Harvey (Louise Harris) is raising her three boys in Adelaide's poor northern suburbs. After her latest boyfriend displays pedophilic tendencies she takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead winds up welcoming an even more vicious predator into her home. John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) is the moral compass among a circle of friends who hold self-appointed neighborhood watch meetings at the kitchen table. Fueled by cigarettes and beer they cast judgments on those living around them. Bunting enlists his crew in acts of sadistic vigilantism on those he considers deviants takes Elizabeth's son Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) under his wing. In a mix of misdirected hero worship and terror, Jamie becomes an accomplice to a spree of torture and murder. THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS is an uncompromising film, focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenager and a father figure who is revealed to be the worst kind of bully.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 64
- Fresh: 55
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This distressing infiltration of a family of young boys by a charismatic psychopath rewards with a stylistic talent that feels entirely new.
Fresh: An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch.
Fresh: The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims.
Fresh: Your appreciation of this Australian horror movie will depend on whether you think its artistry justifies its unrelenting ugliness.
Intense Psychological movie
First off, if your looking for blood and guts, this is not that kind of movie. What this is a very very disturbingly real-feel type movie. It feels like someone put up some cameras up and just let these outstanding actors/ress just do their thing. I was hoping to see the blood and stuff but this is sort of along the lines of Psycho, like the shower scene, u know she's getting stabbed to death but don't see it. Whomever said its junk, is out of their mind. Probably one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Two thumbs up!!!
A disturbing must see!
A dark film that will leave you with haunting images. I found myself paralyzed while watching the events unfold. A well executed film and strong cast. Watch this!
I really don't even know what to say. This movie will have you shaking.