The Snowtown Murders
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I don't know whether to envy or pity the reviewers who found this "boring," "slow" and "dull." Since "Silence of the Lambs," we've become slowly inured to the titillating entertainment value of the serial killer. (The current nadir is the incredibly bland, implausible and desensitized TV show "Criminal Minds.")
"Snowtown," by contrast, feels horribly real. Killings happen not in stylized torture chambers but in the same dreary, downtrodden homes the rest of the movie takes place in. Nearly unbroken, subtly handheld camera shots take us from social backyard bonfire to bagged and barrelled corpses, from front porch on a balmy day to kill zone, with a documentarian's unblinking eye... as if murder is one more mundane thread in the fabric of everyday life. For John Bunting, it probably was.
The scariest thing about Daniel Henshall's Bunting is his chipper, everyman banality. Bunting was no loner. He recruited at least 3 others to help carry out his killings. The complaints about numerous peripheral characters drifting in and out of the narrative unannounced are valid, but these interactions show us Bunting's disarming camaraderie, moving him out of a loner's hovel and squarely onto the throne at Jonestown or overseeing Manson's commune. The consensus Bunting cheerfully bullies out of neighborly, impromptu kitchen-table tribunals (we've all been at one) becomes, in his mind, the razor-thin justification needed to act on his obsessions... and to groom accomplices.
Jamie is also a unique character in films (and real-life cases) such as this.Read more ›
watch this movie if:
1. you enjoy films that don't fit into the standard, mainstream template
2. you have something between your two ears that you can use to fill in the gaps. everything isn't spelled out and handed to you.
3. you enjoy stories based on true events. especially serial killer and murder stories.
4. you have the ability to deduce context without understanding every single syllable, of every single word, of every single sentence.
5. you're looking for more of a: "holy **** that really happened" type of scared than a: "omg! he has a scary mask and a chainsaw. and look at all the blood!"
hope this helps someone. i don't normally review flicks on here. i'm getting sick of reading all these reviews from clueless individuals who i'm sure think dirty dancing, grease and grey's anatomy are all great.
Enter new guy John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) he appears as a knight in rusting armour and sets about ousting the paedophile. Now ensconced as a vigilante hero, he takes on the mantle of local moral guardian and enlists the help of others in his `work'. Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) is sixteen and has more troubles than most of that age, John decides he needs to `grow a pair' and thus he gets sucked into a world of violence, torture and murder.
This is a beautifully shot film and has been accused of being too arty, lingering shots, periods of no dialogue etc. However the seeming ordinariness of those moments is the perfect juxtaposition for the brutal things that are happening on screen. All of the actors are totally convincing, even the world ropiest transvestite and the guy with learning difficulties. The music is minimal but potent and we have a full grotesquery of supporting characters, plus scenes of kangaroo butchery which is pretty disturbing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm, generally speaking, okay with rambling narrative but this film could have gotten another star from me had it been a bit more focused. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Todd W. Hellems
a not very nice, certainly not pretty picture of some lower economic members of society who make poor personal choices, use alcohol and drugs, have bad relationships and do very... Read morePublished 3 months ago by teacherwriter
Well researched, well acted true to life horror. The evocative amtosphere works in the films favor, and the haunting soundtrack is stunning. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TW Huey
creepiest thing i seen in awhile...stays with you for some time... that said great horror movie not splatter but screw with your head type story.Published 5 months ago by Stan Sienko
Very hard to watch but created a world that must of been close to what the unfolding of this tragedy must of been like. I'm really glad I watched the film to the end.Published 7 months ago by Tracy Brown
I had the misfortune of dealing with these deviants on a weekly basis in Salisbury. Just being around them, pre-conviction, far outweighs this yawnfest. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lifter