Killing Ground (2016)

Not just a “let’s see how we can show taboo violence in every possible way” but sort of and I loved it.

Killing Ground (2016)
R | 1h 28min | Horror, Thriller | 21 July 2017 (USA)

A couples’ camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.
Director: Damien Power
Writer: Damien Power
Stars: Harriet Dyer, Mitzi Ruhlmann, Tiarnie Coupland

Damien Power, the director here, is my namesake so he’s got that going for him. This is an incredible thriller filmed in the outback that raises the question, “Why hasn’t violence gone this far before?” He’s been a writer years before directing. My favorite movies are often the type where the visionary writer is also the director ie; the films of Quentin Tarantino. Damien is one to watch.

The acting is pretty solid. I think all the actors are Australian names so I haven’t seen them much. Harriet Dyer who plays “Sam” gives what could be argued as the best performance. She is scared but not hysterical, recklessly trying to escape without losing her grip on reality. She is also quite pretty as are all the female cast. I don’t know, we used to camp a lot when I was around 10 years old and I always saw so many hot girls out there. One time they were even topless! I don’t know why I felt the need to share that.

It’s a simple story with simple but abject violence. I read one byline that said this will make you never want to go camping again. The hunt is on! Go see it thriller/horror fans.

9/10

Author: Damien Riley

Hopelessly devoted to movies from way back when I first saw "Pete's Dragon." In 1977, it sealed the deal when I saw "Star Wars." I write about the movies I see, whether I like them or not. Sometimes I like them more than words can express! Thanks for checking out my movie reviews!

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