Hounds of Love Reviews
You can not nonchalantly eat your popcorn and watch this film. I was sick to my stomach, frightened and repulsed by what I saw on screen and yet the three central characters were played to such perfection by Booth, Cummings and Curry that I couldn't keep my eyes off it.
All throughout I couldn't help but be reminded by Canada's own infamous serial killer couple. I left the theatre visibly shaken, popcorn thrown in the garbage.
Ben Young....I would be interested to see what he comes up with next.
Great movie about horrific stuff. There ya go. Evelyn and John cruise Perth school yards, fishing for teenage girls with friendly Aussie banter and car ride offers. The pleasantries end right there.
As the secret predator couple in the neighbourhood, Emma Booth and Stephen Curry are spectacular in their complicated performances. Charming and congenial, slick and methodical, brutal and sadistic, vulnerable and suspicious; all bases are covered. "Hounds of Love" is about serial sexual homicide, and it is as brutal as that sounds. Not in an exploitative manner (most of the cruelty is offscreen), but in its believable depiction of perversion, and the matter of fact execution by the monsters.
Sporting a cheesy moustache, Curry presents a tiny, unassuming wimp - he is humiliated and berated about money owing. Yet deep inside he is a tight wound ball of explosion, and the creepy manipulator of all crimes. Evelyn is a more than wiling accomplice, but she has a wounded past, shows some semblance of sympathy, and is thus the weak link in the monster couple. How all this plays out in the most recent triangle is expertly framed by newbie filmmaker Ben Young.
"Hounds of Love" is a difficult watch, but it's also difficult to ignore.