I love a good “Aussie” film. Nobody, and I mean nobody can make outback survival films like they do down under. Wolf Creek, and Hounds of Love are the first to come to mind, as well as my age old favorite Razorback. I also enjoy films that are presented in a non linear fashion. Sure you can argue that that’s a gimmick that has been overdone but I still enjoy it non the same. I had been reading about Damien Power’s film Killing Ground on the internet for a while and was anxious to watch it, as it combines these two elements.
Killing Ground is a survival horror film that is shown in three different perspectives, with scenes being show out of sequence, that will eventually tie together. Think “Pulp Fiction esque” with a slasher theme. We meet Ian and Sam, two young lovebirds who just got engaged and are taking a little vacation in the woods. We meet a second couple, The Bakers, consisting of Rob, Margaret, and their two children, Em and Ollie. A loving family also out on a nice little vacation. And finally we are introduced to German, and Chook, two vile humans who once we meet them we know they will be the killers of the film.
The story blends together as German, and Chook lay siege on the family’s. Rape, murder, you name it. It happens fast, and hard. Some of the violence is shown off camera but Power’s has filmed it an a way that, not only do you know its happening, but you get such a sense of realism that you can almost feel it. Keeping the cast small, and blending the horrors of the two family’s together will undoubtedly hold your interest, as it will take you a few to figure out the order, and prepare you for the inevitable ending that will befall these loving people.
Blending The Hills Have Eyes, Last House on the Left, Deliverance, and yes, the amazing Wolf Creek Damien Powers has crafted a sure to be classic in the survival horror genra. With great acting. A fantastic location, and the hook of wondering what will happen not only next, but what happened first. This is a definite must own. I will warn you, even though some of the violence happens off camera, you know in your mind what is happening. This is a raw, violent film that wont be for just anyone wanting to pop in a horror movie for the night.
IFC/Scream Factory have outdone themselves with this transfer. The fact the Blu-ray looks so bright and clean actually adds to the terror as you can practically feel the surroundings. Taking away the washed out 16mm grindhouse look helps tremendously in this setting as it makes it feel much more real and menacing. This is definitely one that I highly recommend
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!