Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Snowtown murders, a series of killings also known as the bodies-in-barrels murders (for the manner in which some of the victims' remains were encased) said to be among if not the worst in Australia's serial-killing history. Now, two fledglings to full-length filmmaking -- director Justin Kurzel (below) and writer Shaun Grant -- have tackled this true-crime story and come up with a truly devastating, difficult-to-sit-through, too-good-not-to movie now titled, yes, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS. (The original title Snowtown, would not have the effect on American audiences that it immediately had on those in Australia, who were familiar with the now infamous place).
Louise Harris, above, center), raising her boys and discovering some pedophilia going on, would bond with a new man who seems like he will be a strong, positive presence in their lives. If only.
Daniel Henshall, above, who manages to capture the outwardly positive, smiling presence that covers a dreadfully evil personality about as well as I have seen. He ensnares the oldest of the boys, Jamie (Lucas Pittaway, below, and dead excellent in his film debut) in such an insidious but understandable fashion that when the horrible stuff starts to happen, you realize with a thud in your stomach that it will all come to pass. And probably worse than you could imagine. Yes, infinitely.
IFC Films, The Snowtown Murders -- non-stop tricky terrain handled masterfully -- opens this Friday, March 2, in New York City at the IFC Center, and will play the Los Angeles area, starting Thursday, March 15, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. It is also now available, as are many of the current IFC movies, via Video on Demand. Click here to learn how to get access it VOD.