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The modern film biz has a fascination with serial killers and their wicked ways, but many filmmakers have had a tendency to glamorise them rather than show the evil at its most raw and uncompromising – not so with Snowtown. This dark horror about Australia’s worst serial murder case, the infamous ‘‘ bodies in the barrels’’ murders in South Australia in the 1990s, shows the damage evil can do both psychologically and physically . . . and then some. The action takes place on the northern fringes of Adelaide where charismatic psycho John Bunting ( Daniel Henshall) strikes up a close friendship with an abused teenager ( Lucas Pittaway), becoming a mentor for the young man and slowly introducing him to a world of vigilante-type justice and sadistic murder for profit. A wonderfully crafted film, it’s dramatically intense and explosive. This makes for difficult viewing – near impossible in the film’s key murder scene – but the performances are universally terrific and it does get right into your head. Extras: Director’s commentary, deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary, cast/ crew interviews, casting footage, short film and trailer. NOT VIEWED.
SNOWTOWN ( MA)
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Stars: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Craig Coyne, Richard Green Director: Justin Kurzel Available: Wednesday on DVD and BD