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Primal [DVD]

Krew Boylan , Lindsay Farris    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Krew Boylan, Lindsay Farris, Rebekah Foord, Damien Freeleagus, Will Traval
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049UVAXI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,335 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Anja, Mel and four friends join anthropology student, Dace, on a journey to study a remote, ancient rock painting. Their excitement vanishes when Mel becomes delirious after skinny-dipping in a water hole. Feverish, bleeding, confused, she physically and mentally regresses into a vicious predatory state. Mel has gone primal. Mels lover and friends realise they are the prey as she savagely hunts them down. Before they can escape, another one of them starts to regress, posing a hideous choice; kill their friends or be killed by them. Their only hope of survival is to escape through a cave, where Anja learns too late the dark meaning of the rock art they came to study. From the teams behind Mad Max, The Matrix, Australia and following in the horror genre footsteps of Wolf Creek, Primal is first rate, original Australian cinema at its best.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof Aussie horror can still be in it's Prime. 25 July 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Surprisingly good Aussie nasty abandons the po-faced drek of 'Wolf Creek', but gives one initial worry, so I tried it out on Film4 first, and was pleasantly surprised. While Aussie animal-horrors are usually my thing (and they've fed me at least two great croc and shark horrors over the past eight years), this one initially misleads with its blatant ode to cannibal (i.e US "idea" of so-called "zombie" horror), before throwing in ambiguous seeds of 'Long Weekend' and excellent US plant-killer film 'The Ruins' to grow things further to a pleasing twist, even if the CGI accompaniment leaves a lot to be desired, yet can be forgiven, and I do. Six attractive and generally likable students go off to look at some aborigine wall art in the outback and fall afoul of what appears to be a cursed piece of land pleasing to the eye but not the touch, or do they defile it just by being there, and/or not heeding the warnings in native tongue etched on the cliff-side?

The ensuring chaos doesn't take long to explode, and gore-hounds of a million by-the-numbers cannibal/"zombie" things will either love it or compare it unfavourably to what they already decry as untouchable, though I'd claim them as more untenable. This may have any amount of nods to others films, but it's more quality '28 Days Later' with a supernatural tinge, than a rather average 'Cabin Fever' like show, though even that featured dogs. And this has a rabbit-thing thrown in, looking like a cousin of the rat monkey thing from Peter Jackson's 'Braindead'. Either way, you wouldn't pet it.

Less predictable than most US cannibal things many will see it as, you can't really tell who'll get infected next among the small group of nice Aussie unknowns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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OK. Let's get the bad out of the way first; we have a rather laughable mutant killer bunny - which is straight out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail; the clumsily CGI'd nano-predators (little dots moving over everything) have a remarkably selective diet - they just yum up car tyres, tents and drinking bottles, but don't touch clothing; blood sprayed on a cave wall would not remain bright scarlet for 12,000 years; the tentacled slug thing looked far from convincing and how on Earth could monster-Mel get to the other side of the mountain in a matter of minutes (when she wouldn't/couldn't use the tunnel)?

BUT.... I must confess that, despite its many flaws, I still quite liked Primal. The students off to study some ancient rock-paintings (and for a little hedonistic fun of course!) were all well acted and had distinct characters. The atmosphere builds slowly but effectively. I liked the way the story unfolded in three time-periods (albeit chiefly in the present day). When someone starts to 'turn primal', their gradually degenerating conversational abilities was a nice subtle touch. There are some genuine make-you-jump moments. There's tons of gore (and a little nudity) along the way and it's all rather beautifully filmed - the scenery in HD looks absolutely terrific and the surround sound is very effective.

Sadly no extras on the BD - I would have liked even a basic 'making of' feature, but I reckon that, on balance, the good just about outweighs the bad and your average gore-hound shouldn't be too disappointed with this addition to the Os-ploitation horror genre.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One word for this film 30 Aug 2011
Silly. If it were two words, incredibly silly!

I was actually quite enjoying it at the start, until maybe just past halfway, though I agree with some reviewers who didn't find the characters that likable. But as the film progresses it gets more and more ludicrous, almost embarrassing.

It just had a premiere on Film 4, watched it there. That was ok. I'd recommend viewing if you can borrow or see it for free. If you pay for it you'll probably be a bit annoyed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Gary
Fair enough Primal is not a Hollywood big-spender, it doesn't have any big names and it is a little rough round a couple of its edges but ... so what?!?! This is an Aussie horror that is definitely worth a watch and a deserved winner of its audience award at last year's Frightfest.

Primal is exactly what you expect of a good Aussie horror - it is original in plot (not straight down the line predictable like lots of American horrors are), lots of blood, lots of jumps and the odd bikini and bit of nudity thrown in ... what's not to like??

Following a group of students into the outback straight away you are thinking `oh oh' in the classic horror `why would you go there' moment, and rightly so as within the first few minutes you know something isn't right but I can bet that you won't figure out what until the original-horrortastic twist is unveiled.

A definite 5 out of 5 for any horror fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking Aussie chiller 10 Mar 2011
This works well, as a tense and claustrophobic little chiller, off-setting the glorious panorama of the Australian outback with the small clearing and tunnel area that the characters find themselves in. The tension begins to build after the leech attack (which is well handled) and doesn't really let up to the end, as the characters go through believable reactions to the circumstances and the growing realisation that this isn't going to end well for any of them. The film is so well constructed that even when not much is happening on screen - the drawing straws scene, for example - you can still feel that we're not dawdling, that a good pace is being maintained.

The actors all acquit themselves well, with the dialogue ringing true and there seems to be a genuine bond amongst the characters, which is good to see. The prosthetic make-up effects work is effective and gruesome but sadly, the same can't be said for the CGI. Whether it be the poorly matched CGI images or ropey green-screen work, it's enough to pull you out of the film for a moment. That gets worse at the climax, where the CGI appears to have been made on a Commodore 64.

That niggle aside (which, depending on your tolerance of poor CGI could be big or small), this is a cracking little film, with believable characters and a great pace, that really builds tension and suspense. I'd recommend it.
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Published 4 months ago by Christopher Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
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Published 6 months ago by Kate Mailer
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRIMAL SCREAMS
I just about give this the full 5 stars,because come the end I can I honestly say I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by BAZ316
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mega horror flick from Oz
This is an amazing horror movie from Austrailia. with a little hentai thrown into the mix. Try to over look the poor CGI & enjoy blood flow :D
Published 16 months ago by Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars Yet another cropped UK release
Yet again, a UK distributor tampers with the aspect ratio of a film. Primal was originally shot in 2.35:1, here however, it is presented in severely cropped 16x9. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jon Helge Hesby
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly disappointing
A bunch of Australian college kids go to a remote location to study some primative rock art. One of them gets attacked by a 'freaky-arse mutant rabbit' and is bitten. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nyx
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
saw this film on tv a while back and thought it was worth buying, saw it on amazon and emidiatly put an order in to get it,
Published 20 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars "..AWESOME HORROR.."
This is a fantastic little gem of a horror movie! If you love films like cabin fever and wrong turn then you will certainly enjoy this!! Read more
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