OUT 29 septem­ber / CERT 15 / 89 mins Di­rec­tor Damien Power Cast Har­riet Dyer, Maya stange, Tiarnie Cou­p­land

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THE LAT­EST PEARLER from the Aus­tralian Tourism Board, this dead-eyed hor­ror tries des­per­ately to be artier and loftier than your av­er­age stalk-and-slash, but still emerges as a claret-soaked cross be­tween The Hills

Have Eyes and Wolf Creek. Writer/di­rec­tor Damien Power knows we’ve been down this red road be­fore, so tries to freshen up this tale of a young cou­ple fall­ing foul of psy­chos with a cou­ple of tricks. First, we get to spend time with the killers in a failed at­tempt to im­bue them with depth. Then there’s a tem­po­ral tease in which Power plays with dif­fer­ent time­lines, be­fore bring­ing home the bloody ba­con. The prob­lem: it’s ages be­fore any­thing hap­pens, and when it does it’s need­lessly bru­tal, and noth­ing new.

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