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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
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.
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.
BUY THIS MOVIE!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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 morePublished on December 6, 2009 by Bakuryuu Tyranno
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
The word on this film was positive, but the film is a negative. Confusing goings-on with a clunk of an ending. Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by ERNESTO
Reading the synopsis and reviews for this film I thought it would remind "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Wrong Turn" or something like that. Read morePublished on October 13, 2005 by Anton Ilinski
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