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The Locals (2005)

Max Auld , John Barker (IV)  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Max Auld, John Barker (IV), Dwayne Cameron, Bern Dell, Kate Elliott
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSPA8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Locals" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with writer/director Greg Page
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage
  • Theatrical Trailer

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old-school Horror flick January 13, 2006
I'd grown up with horror movies, not only off course, but fell in love with the genre early on. We had lots of fun sessions and most of those horror movie somehow spread that joy the makers must have had during the making. We did that ourselves and really had pure fun times filming monsters and gore stuff. Now there's this new horror film generation in my opinion just as SAW, CREEP, the remake of the CHAINSAW MASSACRE and the latter shows best what I wanna say: take the original and watch the remake afterwards and the point is obvious: there's A LOT more sadism to the new kind of horror movies. While the title and the story of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is by far the most horrifying part of the movie (you never really see dismemberments or killings, it is the most terrifying but least graphic movie) in the remake it is all shown to you: one guy gets hooked up painfully in the neck, both legs get graphically dismembered, the guy stays alive as long as one can imagine. Same goes for CREEP in my opinion. The brutality is just A LOT more graphic these days than ever before while I truly find that the tense isn't so much influenced by it in an all too positive way. Don't get me wrong: I own the Peter Jackson Splatterfests (bad taste, braindead, meet..., even Heavenly cr.), I'm a big fan of ICHI THE KILLER, but with both there's something more to it. In ICHI the violence has a clear purpose that most would never recognise. You can replace the violence and sadism by love (which has violence and sadism to it naturally) and understand the whole movie differently, but the contents will remain the same. With the Jackson Splatter movies, there's a lot of humour and downright overthetop-stuff that is shown to you so uncompromising you can only laugh. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diverting Antipodean horror June 26, 2007
Mention New Zealand horror movies to most people and you will probably get one name thrown at you-Peter Jackson ,whose early movies were vigorous and gore drenched tales marked by frequent gross outs and a deft line in mordaunt humour .
Now ,here is another tale from the twin island state and while its no masterpiece it is well made and never dull.It starts as if we are going to get another variant on the city boys trappped in a bucolic hellhole theme ,when two young male friends setting out for a weekend of sun and surf are stranded in the back of beyond .They witness what appears to be a murder and set out to escape from the killer and his circle of distinctly weird associates .However all is not as it seems -a cyclic pattern is being worked out here ,and it involves two youung women ,a land dispute and a race against time if they are to escape with their lives and identities intact .

The plot twist -and it would be unfair to reveal details -is neatly worked out and ,even allowing for a shoestring budget the production values are pretty fair ,especially the limpid colour photography .Nicely if unexceptionally acted and well written ,with an attention to characterisation rare in low budget horror movies ,this repays attention from those looking for new names and locales in the genre
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good August 23, 2005
I had low expectations for this one, rented it on a whim having never heard of it before. Turned out to be a really good movie. I thought they did an excellent job building and keeping the tension. Although it is billed as a horror flick, I found it to be more of a suspense movie. It took me half way through the movie to final "get it" as to what was going on. I thought they did an excellent job of giving clues, but making it more obvious as things progressed. If I watched it again I'm guessing I would notice things that I missed the first time since I did not know the secret.

The acting was nothing to rave about, somewhat clunky at times, but the plot was so good it was easy to forgive. Most of the movie takes place at night, but they must have had some powerful lights as the places where the characters were tended to be extremely well lit. An odd effect, but I liked it since you could tell what was going on instead of some horror movies where things get too dark and you have to guess what's happening.

As an odd aside, I believe the director, Greg Page, is one of the Wiggles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever watched a movie and then just sat there and thought, WOW!! THAT WAS AWESOME!! Well, THE LOCALS is that kind of movie.

THE LOCALS is an amazing film on so many levels. This was my first dip into a New Zealand horror film and oh, what a ride!! Another amazing fact, this was writer/director Greg Page's debut feature film--the man has mondo talent--Hollywood should take notes!

I slipped onto THE LOCALS by accident. I was skimming through the horror titles and for some reason, it caught my eye. Thank the lucky stars it did. The plot starts off simple enough--Grant has been dumped by his girlfriend so his best friend Paul convinces him to go on a surfing weekend. They meet some girls who invite them to a party, but unfortunately they have an auto mishap with a ditch. Don't cha just hate it when that happens? I know I do, especially when it's late at nite and I'm on a dark deserted road. The boys take off down a dirt road to try and find help, instead, they find trouble. While peering in a window, they witness a farmer murdering his wife. Unfortunately for them, he sees them also.

Now, I know that you probably think that you know how the story ends. I know I did. I was wrong. THE LOCALS has more twists and turns than you can imagine. The story was fresh with a supernatural element. The gore factor was surprisingly limited, but there was such an atmosphere of evil and the potential for violence, I held my breath through most of the film, just waiting for the axe to fall. And the bonus was I actually cared for the characters, I was rooting for them. I can't tell you the last time I actually felt that way about horror film characters.

So, give THE LOCALS a chance. Add them to your horror collection and I think you'll agree--this is an instant modern horror classic. An amazing piece of film. I can't wait to see what GREG PAGE does next for an encore.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Deadsville...
THE LOCALS is a good supernatural creeper. Filmed in New Zealand on an extremely low budget, the movie uses like-able characters and a decent storyline to make up for any lack of... Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars I forgot how good this is!
This is one of those reviews where I feel kind of limited in what I can say about the movie itself because I don't want to give anything away. Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by Bakuryuu Tyranno
3.0 out of 5 stars You need to pay attention to it, but it will pay you back.
The Locals (Greg Page, 2003)

Every once in a while there's a scene in a movie that really affects my rating, even though what catches me has absolutely nothing to do... Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars CONFUSING!!!! GOES NOWHERE
The word on this film was positive, but the film is a negative. Confusing goings-on with a clunk of an ending. Read more
Published on September 29, 2009 by ERNESTO
3.0 out of 5 stars A LOCAL MOVIE
Reading the synopsis and reviews for this film I thought it would remind "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Wrong Turn" or something like that. Read more
Published on October 13, 2005 by Anton Ilinski
4.0 out of 5 stars just a good movie
nothing much to add, it was just a good movie, that is worth watching. It keeps you on the edge of the seat, with a some good twists.
Published on August 25, 2005 by D. Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars The Locals, There Dying To Meet You
I had no idea what to expect when I hired this DVD, nor did I have any idea it was a New Zuland film. Read more
Published on June 21, 2005 by Micheal Hunt
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