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Primal (2009)

Zoe Tuckwell-Smith , Krew Boylan , Josh Reed  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zoe Tuckwell-Smith, Krew Boylan, Lindsay Farris, Rebekah Foord, Damien Freeleagus
  • Directors: Josh Reed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B3252I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Horror fans, get ready to celebrate the return of Ozploitation! When six friends go camping in the beautiful but forbidding outback of Australia, it turns into a hunting trip...and they re the prey. One friend goes skinny dipping and awakens something deadly, something evil, something...primal. Soon friend is turning against friend in director Josh Reed s witty and scary nightmare that features a sexy cast of rising Australian stars falling under the curse of the evil that lies within. Like Cabin Fever, it s a classic chiller that will make you glad you stayed home.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic monster movie all dolled up for 2009. March 16, 2011
Primal (Josh Reed, 2009)

Capitol Theatre's recent Twelve Hours of Terror moviefest [note: review written in October 2010] was mostly a return to some old favorites, but they did pop up with a few I'd never seen before. One, in fact, I'd never even heard of: Primal, a 2009 Australian eco-horror flick without any of the usual eco-horror trappings that ended up being the night's most pleasant surprise.

Plot: a PhD student, Dace (Wil Traval in his feature debut; he's done TV time in as a regular in All Saints and Rescue Special Ops), and five of his friends head off into the middle of the Australian outback to find some cave paintings that, we're told, no human has laid eyes on in one hundred twenty years. (That should have served as a warning, no?) Among the pals are Kris (Rebekah Foord, also in her feature debut and also from Rescue Special Ops), who seems to be Dace's assistant; Mel (Krew Boylan... yes, in her feature debut) and her boyfriend, the supremely jealous Chad (Lindsay Farris, and yes, you've heard that refrain before); Warren (All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane's Damien Freeleagus), the class clown of the bunch; and Anja (Gone's Zoe Tuckwell-Smith) whose grandfather was the last person to see the paintings. All goes well until they get to the mountain where the paintings are and discover they have to traverse a narrow tunnel to get to the other side; Anja is severely claustrophobic, so much so that she blacks out and ends up having to drive the car around to the other side of the mountain. When she gets there, as they're setting up camp, one of the party is attacked by what turns out to be some sort of mutant rabbit, Mel goes swimming in the wild and emerges from the water covered with leeches (don't people ever learn?), all that sort of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For an Aussie production I'd never heard of before, it turned out better than I thought it would be. For a good while, I thought it was going to turn into another The Ruins. I was prepared to get really mad with a super bummer ending but I was quite happy with the way it turned out.

I saw other reviewers call it an eco-terror flick. Huh? I am completely stumped by that as I never got the slightest hint that it had anything to do with that. To me it was more of an ancient curse. After all, if it's been around for 12,000 years, how can it have anything to do with eco terrorism? I just don't get it. Maybe I missed something there.

I do agree with others that the plot holes were so huge as to make the movie ludicrous on so many levels. The one girl figuring out the paintings were a warning was pretty stupid because she never explains what kind of warning. Plus, the fact that they all just didn't pack up and get out of Dodge was a biggie. Then there was that last guy that was such a wimp, I wanted to reach into the screen and kill him myself. I couldn't wait for him to die and he was the last male cast member to bite it. He deserved the horrible death he got. Another thing were those bugs. How come they ate all the rubber off the tires on their car but not them while they slept in the open in camp? Duh!

The thing that redeemed the whole movie was the ending. If not for that, I would have been royally upset and this two hours I spent would have ended with one star. However, the gore, colorful metaphors galore, censored of course on SyFy, and the blatant stupidity of the characters was all part of the good time. Plus, the chicks were pretty hot.

It was an uneven ride, redeemed in the end. Recommended for those with patience and a high tolerance for suspending disbelief as expected for this kind of fare.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an ancient horror in the Australian wilderness... April 20, 2012
Primal (2010), a horror thriller set in the Australian wilderness, is kind of a mixed bag of good and bad, with some predictable elements, and also some surprises. The threat is an interesting one, although the special effects do falter a bit in the execution of some of the scenes. If seeing a group of squabbling young people, battling to the death against animalistic creatures sounds like fun, you may want to check out this film. Spoilers follow.

Anthropology student Dace (Wil Traval), and his friends Anja (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith), Kris (Rebekah Foord), Mel (Krew Boylan), Chad (Lindsay Farris), and Warren (Damien Freeleagus), are in a SUV headed to find a rock wall with some ancient paintings. They find a tunnel, which they somehow know is a short cut to their destination. After reaching the site and setting up camp, Mel decides to take a dip in a pond, and soon becomes sick, eventually transforming into a vicious screeching animalistic creature, with sharp teeth and a taste for human flesh.

Insects have disabled their vehicle, stranding the group. They wander through the woods carrying torches, trying to drive Mel to a trap. Surprisingly this silly ploy works, but Mel manages to escape, killing Warren, and causing Dace to fall into the pond. The water somehow is responsible for the strange transformation, and Dace also begins to show signs of turning. The survivors decide to kill him, but Mel returns and helps Dace escape. With two creatures to contend with, their chances for survival appear to be very slim.

Primal isn't too concerned with story construction, as a vicious threat is introduced, the campers turn on each other, and overdramatic mayhem ensues.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Primal
This movie was okay I guess. It will keep you wondering and thinking what would happen, That is one thing that I love about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SomeoneWife
3.0 out of 5 stars Primal: better than most but really just average
I just watched this on Syfy and you know its not such a bad movie. It wasn't the best but it was definitely one of the better movies nowadays that I have watched. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tamiseena24
5.0 out of 5 stars Primal
I really like this movie. It's sort of a monster movie, and I like the way it progresses. The people make you want to smack them upside the head at times, but I really do like... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jeri
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly perfect!
I am a hardcore Horror movie fanatic and this is one of my favorite movies! I come from a movie fanatic family we watch movies from all over and this is on of the best Australian... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dawnice Irsik
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good indie movie.
This was a pretty good independent Aussie movie. The plot was pretty good however became a little predictable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by coyote
5.0 out of 5 stars omg this movie!
I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I first saw it on Netflix. It's a decent movie. Lately I have seen a few decent Australian movies. Read more
Published 12 months ago by jeona
4.0 out of 5 stars If IFC make a bad movie is still okay.
This is an IFC Midnite movie and was fairly enjoyable. Not very original at all but It is a very good ride.
Published 18 months ago by Spencer Rutt
3.0 out of 5 stars Primal
this movie was very predicatable...and kind of dark and slow going....typical B slasher film with an Aussie accent factor that was little help to the plot
Published 19 months ago by nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa!!!
This film is prime horror genre!!! It certainly exceeds the creepo meter test!!! It reminds me of the recent horror flick "Ruins" but better... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Weldon E. Saafir
3.0 out of 5 stars Fangs for nothing
There's something nasty in the Australian Outback that wants feeding. Supposedly, it has a mind of its own and the means of recruiting caregivers. It's done so for eons. Read more
Published on October 7, 2012 by Einsatz
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