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The Snowtown Murders

2011, Crime/Drama, 2h 0m

74 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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It's a bleak and brutal endurance test, but for viewers with the strength and patience to make it to the end, Snowtown will prove an uncommonly powerful viewing experience. Read critic reviews

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A charismatic but violent predator (Daniel Henshall) takes his girlfriend's teenage son (Lucas Pittaway) under his wing and makes him an accomplice in a murder spree.

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  • Oct 07, 2017
    Dark and disturbing in equal measure, this is an intelligent and well-acted character study about the roots of fascism within someone who wants an excuse to act on his psychopathy, as well as within those who accept to be led like cattle by the ones who are in power.
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  • Sep 08, 2015
    Gripping. Harrowing. If you can manage through the Aussie accents, this story of how a charismatic, machismo figure can burrow into the heart of a group and subvert the whole magilla is one hell of a ride. Like a true rollercoaster, it starts slowly, and the work plays so nearly like a documentary (without the voiceover) that it's hard to determine what's going on at first, but then you know, and like the characters on the screen the question becomes how to deal with what you know. Impressive filmmaking. And the most low-key acting I think I have ever seen, acting w/o acting. Most impressive.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2013
    Snowtown is not the type of movie that one can enjoy watching, but it's very intriguing as a bleak look at serial killers and their followers, and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it all the more interesting. It plays out almost like an Australian version of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, except the main character is not the murderer. It instead focuses on Australian teen Jamie Harvey who is introduced to John Bunting, a man with a charismatic personality as well as a deep-seated hatred of homosexuals, overweight people, and drug addicts. Despite John's clear bigotry he is very conversational and sometimes even charming, and after he helps Jamie's mother deal with an abusive boyfriend, Jamie begins to see John as a father figure of sorts. However, as people around Jamie begin to disappear, leaving behind only suspicious voice-mail messages that say they're moving away forever, Jamie discovers John's gruesome secret. For the first hour of Snowtown, it's primarily a very dark drama with very little violence happening on screen, save for one scene. However, the second half of the movie is much more brutal, and can be hard to watch in a number of scenes. The violence isn't so excessive to be tasteless, but it definitely gets pretty disturbing at times. Daniel Henshall gives a great performance as John Bunting, showing John's violent sociopathic nature while also giving him a Ted Bundy-esque charm when in the presence of company. Snowtown does seem to meander a little near the beginning, but it gradually picks up the pace until it reaches its more suspenseful and creepy second half and ends on an understated and eerie note.
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  • Jan 07, 2013
    Though a realistic, unnerving depiction of psychopathy and underclass, 'Snowtown' is too slow and features a slew of characters who you don't care for whatsoever.
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