Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Primal (2009)

"Evil Lies Within"

Synopsis: Anja (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith) and five friends join anthropology student Dace (Wil Traval) on a journey to study a remote ancient rock painting. Their excitement vanishes when Mel (Krew Boylan) becomes delirious after skinny-dipping in the waterhole. Feverish bleeding confused she physically and mentally regresses to a vicious predatory state. Mel has gone primal. Mel's lover and friends realize they are the prey as she savagely hunts them down. Before they can escape another one of them starts to regress posing a hideous choice kill their friends or be killed by them. Their only hope of survival is through a cave where Anja learns too late the meaning of the ancient rock art they came to study.

My Thoughts: I'm a big fan of Australian horror flicks. They really know how to take advantage of their incredible landscapes. This film is no different. On the other hand, scenery can only take you so far. That's why director Josh Reed decided to throw a possessed flesh-eating psycho bitch into the mix.

This is a pretty fun movie for the gore fans out there. Some people might not like the fact that it seems to borrow a little from "The Ruins" and maybe "Cabin Fever", but I think there's enough differences in the story (with the flesh-eaters and all) where it's not really an issue.

I liked how it starts with a quick set-up and doesn't explain the entire story in the intro like some films tend to do. A good pace was kept throughout the film. The actors were believable, especially during the fight scenes. The gore was also top notch. Another thumbs up to the Aussies.

My Rating: 7 / 10

I think Josh Reed might be a horror director to keep an eye on.

"click here to see the trailer"

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