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Episode 247 - "The Snowtown Murders"

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The week where we made the worst possible movie choice...

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The Loved Ones (REVIEW)

The angst and elation of maturity are the heartbeats of mainstream cinema’s adolescence. Through several decades of teen comedies and horror films there is the consistent playing out of maturation through sexuality, violence (graphic or not), and familial independence. Often genres such as comedy and horror are in themselves perceived as “adolescent” in their form and content. So it is unsurprising—if not appropriate—that such films often find teenagers as their core characters.

Episode 206 - "The Loved Ones"

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Someone has daddy issues...

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Trailers: "Snowtown Murders" looks great, mate...

This film was made in Australia, so I put "mate" in the title, get it? I'm told you can't be a major horror site unless you write unbearably awful titles for your posts, so there you go. Coming up tomorrow I predict a young actor will "sink their teeth" into a role in a new vampire film. You just watch.

Anyway, this true-crime film was based on a real incident down under. It gets a small release via IFC films March 2nd, so keep an eye out. Looks creepy.

Red Hill (REVIEW)

Shane Cooper and his young wife have moved to a small outpost in rural Australia in hopes that the peaceful surroundings will help with a high-risk pregnancy. For the new constable, there seem to be few places more peaceful than Red Hill -- a dwindling town of proud, old-school ranchers. The town's sheriff -- or inspector, rather, as this is Australia -- Old Bill, runs a tight ship, positioning himself more like a stern father than an autocratic dictator. Under normal circumstances, Old Bill likely could have granted Shane Cooper's wish for peace and tranquility.

Episode 74 - "Dying Breed"

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This week's episode starts with a discussion of the merits of the Aussie cannibal flick "Dying Breed," and ends with a debate about which one of us is most American.

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Cactus (REVIEW)

First time writer/director Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan's taut 2008 thriller "Cactus" is a great example of how to balance suspense, shock, drama, and dark comedy without dividing your film into obvious, easy to swallow caplets. There's a definite ease in the way Yuen-Carrucan weaves this intriguing tale of a rugged delivery man and his snarky human cargo; scenes flow logically and seamlessly interconnect, as opposed to merely fitting together for the sake of the narrative at-large.

Dying Breed (REVIEW)

Nina's sister set off to the Tasmanian outback eight years ago in search of proof of the elusive Tasmanian Tiger. She never returned. There are rumors other mythical creatures living in Tasmania as well. In 1824, Alexander Pearce, also known as "The Pieman" escaped from the British Penal Colony held upon the island. Pearce was known to be a violent cannibal, proven by the fact that he escaped with seven other prisoners and only he survived, albeit with chunks of human flesh in his pockets.

Strange Behaviour (REVIEW)

1982’s “Strange Behavior” is a strange little movie. It’s a mad scientist/revenge film, that was set in Middle America and shot in New Zealand. It features high level character actors but pairs them with kiwi first-timers that are incapable of anything approaching a yank accent. In places it is tonally similar to Gary Sherman’s “Dead and Buried” which was released the same year, but it wants to be more of an homage to 50’s era sci-fi/horror.

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