Hounds of Love DVD

Perth, Australia 1987. A couple drive around their neighbourhood and kidnap young girls. After a day or so they murder them brutally and then dumping the body in some woods nearby. When a young girl sneaks out of her house in order to attend a party, the couple strike. However when it comes time to dispatch her, they cant. The husband has become attracted to her and desires her as his sexual object. His wife is disturbed by this and screams that if she isn’t dealt with, he will be. This leads to a tense stand off and slowly the situation unravels. Will anyone survive the awful situation.

I cant fully embrace this film. It is not due to the subject or the way it is directed and produced. It is not due to the unbearable tension in certain scenes. It is because the film tonally seems to lose its way. Yes it is a dark morality tale that is based on an actual case. However it seems to divert away from that reality and instead drip feeds us a preposterous series of events. Each adding nothing but weak ideas and narrative arcs. You feel that it compounds the lack of credible ideas by simply missing cues. You never feel any sense of fear or that the events will decay into insanity. Its finale really underlines all of this.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

 

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Interviews with actors Stephen Curry, Emma Booth and Ashleigh Cummings
  • Behind-the-Scenes
  • Two short films from Hounds of Love director Ben Young: Something Fishy (2010) and Bush Basher (2011)
  • John Butler Trio Only One music video, directed by Ben Young
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options

 

 

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