- Audio commentary with writer/director Greg Page
- Behind-the-Scenes footage
- Theatrical Trailer
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!!
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 with the movie in any way; it's just some tossed-off comment or other that gives me another view of a different culture or what have you. There's a great scene like that in New Zealand filmmaker Greg Page's amusing supernatural comedy/drama/thriller The Locals; the two main characters, Grant (John Barker, from Eddie's Million-Dollar Cook-Off) and Paul (The Tribe's Dwayne Cameron), are talking about the former's recent breakup. Grant dances around the subject for a while, but finally reveals that his girlfriend broke up with him because he didn't like The Lord of the Rings (the movies, not the book). Paul scoffs in disbelief, not that his girlfriend did such a silly thing, but that Grant didn't like The Lord of the Rings. I was momentarily amused and ready to write the whole thing off and go on to the next scene, but then I thought about it a little more, and realized that in New Zealand, that might actually be a valid reason for breaking up with someone. After all, Peter Jackson's vast, sweeping magnum opus is not only three very pretty films in New Zealand; for a number of years, it was a very large part of the island's economy, as well as being a paycheck for a large number of New Zealand actors and actresses (including more than one of Cameron's costars from The Tribe). So, yeah, in America, it;s the equivalent of dissing General Motors, not because you have some major ideological claim against them, but because their cars just don't excite you all that much.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 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
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... Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by F. J. Harvey
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