Acolytes (2011)





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Teenagers Mark (Sebastian Gregory) and James (Joshua Payne) are victims of Gary Parker (Michael Dorman), a local thug not much older than them who has brutalised and abused them all their lives. In their last year of high school, James and Mark find a way to stop being victims. They're going to kill Gary... -- (C) IFC Midnight

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Shane Krause, Shayne Armstrong, Jon Hewitt, S.P. Krause
On DVD: Jul 28, 2009
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as Ian Wright

as Gary Parker

as Kay Wright
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Critic Reviews for Acolytes

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

When Edgerton's killer begins to toy with (Sebastian Gregory's) Mark, it's like watching a cat play with a mouse - it's sad but you don't really care. Let the cat have his fun...

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

Cleverly twisted, gut-wrenching Aussie thriller.

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

The performances from the young cast are a tad bland, but director Jon Hewitt infuses his low-budget genre jolter with just enough menace as it powers towards an effective, if predictable, climax.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
The Age (Australia)

The bleak suburban setting and the mischievous, if somewhat downbeat adolescent lead characters recall Gus Van Sant's oeuvre, though Hewitt doesn't achieve anywhere near the same degree of nuance.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A requisite number of gory, slashing, scream-filled moments raise the heartbeat as kids chase killers, and the killers chase kids. What's missing is a freshness of purpose, and the conviction of motive. You know, the important stuff.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Acolytes


From the 2008 Screamfest List. Cool things about a lot of these movies on different film festivals is that in most cases they have films that one would normally miss. And I am glad I found this hidden gem. What I thought by reading a film review was that I was in for another teeny bobber film, it was far from that. A well written film with tons of suspense and a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Well worth the watch and I will add to my collection. 4 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I was totally engrossed by the first hour of this Aussie thriller before it sadly ran out of ideas. Director Jon Hewitt creates some brilliant atmosphere while cinematographer Mark Pugh puts together stunning compositions. The most obvious influence is Tarkovsky, especially in an elaborate homage to the kiss over a ditch in "Ivan's Childhood".
Joel Edgerton is great as the moustachioed serial killer blackmailed by teenagers out of their depth.
For fans of brooding atmosphere only.
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer


Lean, mean, and twisty tale of teens in trouble.

William Goss

Super Reviewer

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