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Hounds of Love (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 12 May 2017 (USA)
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Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Booth ... Evelyn White
Ashleigh Cummings ... Vicki Maloney
Stephen Curry ... John White
Susie Porter ... Maggie
Damian de Montemas ... Trevor
Harrison Gilbertson ... Jason
Fletcher Humphrys ... Gary
Steve Turner Steve Turner ... Troy
Holly Jones Holly Jones ... Miss Martin
Michael Muntz ... Sergeant Mathews
Marko Jovanovic Marko Jovanovic ... Sergeant Henderson
Liam Graham ... Pete
Lisa Bennet ... Gabby Donovan
Eileen Colocott Eileen Colocott ... Elderly Neighbour
Kingsley Judd Kingsley Judd ... Shop Attendant
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Storyline

In 1987 Perth, Australia, John and Evelyn White. are a pair of serial killers who target teenage girls. One night, Vicki Maloney, who impetuously sneaks out of the house for a forbidden party, is lured by the pair into their clutches. Now paying dearly for her naivety, Vicki must endure a horrific nightmare of confinement and torture at the hands of this depraved pair. Against these murderers, Vicki's only chance of survival is a mix of subterfuge, cunning, and mind games while her estranged parents and her boyfriend desperately try to learn what has happened and what can be done to find her. Meanwhile, the Whites have growing problems of their own, which could provide the only hope Vicki could have to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Have you seen this girl? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hounds of Love See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$234,419
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At around 8:00, the teacher is talking about a Prime Minister who disappeared. She is discussing the disappearance of Harold Holt, who drowned at Cheviot Beach, Portsea in Victoria, Australia in 1967 but whose body was never found. See more »

Goofs

When Evelyn is in the queue at the delicatessen, there is a packet of Nongshim Onion Rings in metallised film packaging on the shelf to her right. It is highly unlikely that this imported Korean snack would have been around in Australia in the eighties, as would have been any imported snack. Besides metallised film was not introduced to food packaging until the 1990's. See more »

Quotes

John White: I'll tell you what. How about... you and I... go in there right now and show her who's running the show? Come on, Evie. That's why she's here. Let's make the most of her. Together. Like we always do...
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Features A Christmas Carol (1971) See more »

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Lady D'Arbanville
Performed by Cat Stevens
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Just doesn't quite have enough diversity in its story
4 June 2017 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

'Hounds of Love' focuses on serial killer couple David and Catherine Birnie and the murders and abductions they committed back in the 80's. As far as Australian crime tales go this probably leans towards the lesser side of extremity (possibly a reason it has taken so long to make a movie about it), however it is an interesting enough story nonetheless. The problem 'Hounds of Love' finds itself with is that the story doesn't have a lot of diversity to it. There are no twists to be had, because this isn't fiction, it's real life. And so the movie has to fall back on its characters for variety. It actually does this rather well showing a lot of conflict between the two members of the killer couple. It's enough to keep things going, but the choice to push this out to 108 minutes may not have been the wisest decision, because things are getting a little tedious and repetitive by the end. Without being entirely familiar with the case it's hard to know how accurate this movie actually was in terms of the characters and the details regarding the ending. I would suggest some liberties were probably taken in order to make it work better as a film. I wouldn't call it a "must watch", but the quality is certainly high enough to make this an enjoyable enough viewing.


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