The Snowtown Murders

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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.



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When 16 year-old Jamie is introduced to a charismatic man, a friendship begins. As the relationship grows so does Jamie's suspicions, until he finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of his newfound father figure, John Bunting: Australia's most notorious serial killer. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Snowtown Murders

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  • Your appreciation of this Australian horror movie will depend on whether you think its artistry justifies its unrelenting ugliness.

    Mar 15, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims.

    Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable...

    Mar 2, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch.

    Mar 1, 2012 | Full Review…
  • This distressing infiltration of a family of young boys by a charismatic psychopath rewards with a stylistic talent that feels entirely new.

    Mar 1, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • What is it with first-time Australian filmmakers and ultraviolent true-crime movies about thuggish underclass families?

    Mar 1, 2012 | Rating: B-

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Audience Reviews for The Snowtown Murders

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Confusing. Slow. Sick...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

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