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New Hounds of Love Trailer Brims with Tension and Despair

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on April 27, 2017

We’ve been talking about the Australian abduction thriller Hounds of Love (review) for a while on Dread Central, and now another official trailer has been released that gives viewers a taste of what’s to come. You can see it for yourself here and then get ready for the film, which opens in select theaters and on VOD on May 12th.

The Ben Young-directed Australian thriller stars Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damien de Montemas, and Harrison Gilbertson.

Synopsis:
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive.

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Tribeca 2017: New Poster Finds the Hounds of Love to Be in the Pink

Posted by Debi Moore on April 6, 2017

It doesn’t arrive in theaters and on VOD until May 12th, but Hounds of Love is already one of the year’s most acclaimed and intense genre experiences. It played at the Venice Film Festival, where it won Best Actress (Ashleigh Cummings); Brussels International Film Festival, where it won both Best Director (Ben Young) and Best Actress (Emma Booth); and Boston Underground Film Festival, where it was runner-up for Best Feature.

Up next, Hounds of Love (review) is set to play the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, which means now is the perfect time for Gunpowder & Sky to reveal its new official artwork.

The Ben Young-directed Australian thriller stars Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damien de Montemas, and Harrison Gilbertson.

Synopsis:
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive.

Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.

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SXSW 2017: Ashleigh Cummings Opens Up About Her Challenging Role in Hounds of Love

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on March 16, 2017

The Ben Young-directed Australian thriller Hounds of Love (review) had its North American premiere at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, and it stunned audiences and wowed us with its intensely serious and emotionally exhausting view of sexual assault.

Following a couple (Emma Booth and Stephen Curry) who kidnap a young woman (Ashleigh Cummings), we bear witness to how low a person can sink, to what depths they must fall, before it becomes too much and they snap. It’s a heartbreaking film that is helped by the stunning performances of the three leads, each of whom play their roles with frightening, yet brutally honest sincerity.

We were lucky enough to catch up with star Ashleigh Cummings at SXSW, where we spoke with her about the film, her role, and what the future holds! You can watch the video interview below.

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Ashleigh Cummings, star of Hounds of Love

Posted by dreadcentral on Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damien de Montemas, and Harrison Gilbertson star in Hounds of Love.

Synopsis:
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

Hounds of Love

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Hounds of Love (2017)

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on March 12, 2017

Hounds of Love

Starring Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damien de Montemas, Harrison Gilbertson

Written and directed by Ben Young

Screened at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival


Abduction movies that use sexual assault as a means of attempting to inflict terror and horror upon their viewers, for the most part, really don’t do anything for me. It’s not that I think they’re necessarily bad, it’s just that I find the subject matter to be distasteful and I derive no joy from watching films like I Spit on Your Grave or Last House on The Left. Often, these films go so over-the-top in terms of their 3rd act revenge (example) that I begin to find myself believing that everyone involved is a horrible person, regardless of their status in the first two acts. That, however, is where Ben Young’s Hounds of Love separates itself from the pack by remaining grounded in reality, offering forth a story that is heartbreaking, incredibly difficult, emotionally exhausting, and unrelentingly tense.

The story follows young Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings), who is a typical rebellious teenager in the 1980’s Australia. One night, she sneaks out of her mother’s house to attend a party. Along the way, Evelyn (Emma Booth) and John (Stephen Curry) pull up in a car beside her and offer to sell her some pot, which Vicki is clearly interested in. Manipulated cleverly into getting into the car and going to their house, Vicki is then drugged, tied up, and held captive by Evelyn and John, who seem to get some sort of sick sexual thrill out of their escapades. As she watches the dynamics between the two, Vicki realizes that their relationship is not as strong as she originally thought and her only way to survive is to pit her two captors against each other.

There are several things that make this film stand out. First is the aforementioned reality of the situation. There isn’t some grand scene where Vicki breaks free and decides to arm herself and take on Evelyn and John. There is no glorious explosion of violence that allows the audience to cheer the prey becoming the predator. Such a series of events wouldn’t make sense in this film and they’re wonderfully avoided.

Second is how brilliantly each of the leads plays their role. Ashleigh Cummings is magnificent in the role of Vicki and watching her slide from terror to desperation to a near-total loss of dignity to apathy is marvelous yet heartbreaking (she spoke about that performance here). Stephen Curry as John is a sociopath that should inspire fear yet also elicit a strange sense of pity, as though he’s a pathetic creature that needs some form of rehabilitation in order to fix himself. But it’s really Emma Booth as Evelyn who shines in this film. Her character is desperate for the love and attention of John but she is fully aware of his manipulations. However, she simply doesn’t want to accept this and chooses to willfully ignore it as much as possible. But that inner struggle is not lost and it flashes across her face constantly, pain, grief, sadness, and loneliness never absent from her eyes.

Third, the production is wonderful. Beautifully shot and expertly edited, Hounds of Love doesn’t waste time but it also doesn’t feel like it’s moving fast. Furthermore, for as intense as the subject matter and the performances are, much of the terror is off-screen. When it comes to sexual assault, the act is so monstrous that showing it doesn’t add anything. In fact, it can detract from the impact of such a scene, which is why I personally feel like writer/director Ben Young made the brilliant choice to avoid showing too much. It would cheapen the horror.

Now, with all that being said, the film is, as mentioned above, emotionally exhausting, at times too much so. I had to walk away from the film on a few occasions simply because I felt drained and needed to catch my breath. It’s one of those films that, upon completion, you’ll either need a comedy or something lighthearted and fun to dive into or you’ll have to allow yourself a couple of hours to unwind while thinking about what you’ve seen. This isn’t a movie you watch when you’re bored and want to kill some time. This is something you watch with full attention, giving it the respect it deserves.

For those of you who want your kidnap thrillers to build up to some explosive climax, you won’t find that here. If you want gore and viscera, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a film that will leave you unsettled and will challenge your view on what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a victim, Hounds of Love offers just that and more.

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SXSW 2017: Hounds of Love Unleashes Intense New Artwork

Posted by Steve Barton on March 9, 2017

Playing as part of this year’s SXSW Film Festival is Ben Young’s Hounds of Love, and to supplement the new trailer released earlier today, we’ve also got some new artwork for you to chew on! Ready? FETCH!

Hounds of Love will have its North American premiere this coming Saturday, March 11th, at 1:30 PM. From there it will hit U.S. theaters beginning on May 12th.

Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damien de Montemas, and Harrison Gilbertson star.

Synopsis:
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

Hounds of Love

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Hounds of Love Trailer Doesn’t Skimp on the Tension

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on March 9, 2017

The Australian thriller Hounds of Love, which has its North American premiere at SXSW, has released a new trailer that feels tightly contained yet ready to explode at any moment. The overall feeling of paranoia, suspicion, dread, and terror permeates every frame of this teaser and I anticipate it being a film that will haunt many viewers.

I was drawn to the idea of Hounds of Love after reading a true crime book about female serial killers,” said filmmaker Ben Young. “It triggered a strong memory of fear from my childhood that was instilled by my parents as a result of crimes committed by a serial killer couple.

Hounds of Love was written and directed by Ben Young and stars Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, and Ashleigh Cummings. It opens in theaters on May 12, 2017.

Synopsis:
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive.

HOunds of Love

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Melissa George and Seth Gabel Join Gothica

Posted by Uncle Creepy on March 6, 2013

Melissa George and Seth Gabel Join GothicaMore casting news has come our way for ABC's "Gothica" as "Fringe" alum Seth Gabel and one of our absolute favorite actresses, Melissa George, have signed on to the ever expanding cast. Read on for details.

Deadline reports that Gabel will play Roderick Usher, the district attorney and heir to the once-powerful Usher family who is carrying secrets, and George (pictured) will play Fiona Hunter, the series’ most formidable force, and everyone – from Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) to Dorian Gray (Chris Egan) to Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) – will find their mettle and savvy tested by this deliciously cunning woman. Emma Booth joined the cast yesterday to play Frankenstein's bride, Madeline Usher.

The ABC drama pilot "Gothica," is co-produced by the ABC Studio-based Mark Gordon Co. with "Reaper" creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas serving as executive producers/showrunners, working alongside creator/executive producer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), who wrote the pilot.

In this incarnation of the story Frankenstein runs a hospital that also does biotech research and believes that he may have a way to bring his recently deceased daughter back to life. Gray is a wealthy playboy.

More on this one soon!

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Gothica – Frankenstein Finds a Wife in Emma Booth

Posted by Uncle Creepy on March 5, 2013

Gothica - Frankenstein Finds a Wife in Emma BoothMore casting news has hit for the ABC series "Gothica" as Emma Booth has joined the cast to play Frankenstein's bride, Madeline Usher. No word yet on if she'll ever be rocking that crazy beehive hairdo with the stripes.

The ABC drama pilot "Gothica," is co-produced by the ABC Studio-based Mark Gordon Co. with "Reaper" creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas serving as executive producers/showrunners, working alongside creator/executive producer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), who wrote the pilot.

Janet Montgomery ("Made in Jersey," "Entourage," Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, The Hills Run Red) will play Grace Van Helsing, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from New York who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. Dorian Gray (Chris Egan) provides her with the $20 million she needs to retain control of the paper, and she was romantically involved with Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) years ago.

In this incarnation of the story Frankenstein runs a hospital that also does biotech research and believes that he may have a way to bring his recently deceased daughter back to life. Gray is a wealthy playboy.

More on this one soon!

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