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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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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B3252I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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Primal sees a college student, along with his girlfriend and four other friends, heading into the Australian rainforest, where previously undiscovered aborigine rock paintings have been discovered, hoping to write a thesis on them. The close-knit group of friends is also looking forward to a genuinely fun weekend in the woods, away from the city and studying.

In the tradition of so many of the best horror movies, though, this is one discovery that shouldn't have been made: the very rock paintings that draws the group in was actually meant to warn people away from this area and what lives in the caverns and underground. When one of the girls goes for an innocent midnight skinny dip, she's horrified upon emerging to discover leeches have attached themselves to her. What nobody knows, though, is that the leeches of that particular dark pond have infected their victim with a very unnatural poison. And the transformation of the first victim begins.

Primal has strong acting and characterization as well as high production values, and it makes one wonder why it hasn't been able to attract a higher profile for itself. There's a well-told story, thrilling frights, some great special effects, and the feeling that despite how horrific and freaky some of the things you see are, there's bigger and badder still lurking in or under the forest and the mountains. I for one would love to see a sequel, and even though this was released several years ago, maybe if enough people discover Primal, there's still time. Other recommendations if you like this one: The Ruins (Unrated Edition),
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