Movie Review: KILLING GROUND (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

KILLING GROUND was written and directed by Damien Power and stars Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Aaron Glenane,  Aaron Pederson, Tiarnie Coupland and Mitzi Ruhlmann.

An unassuming couple’s vacation becomes a desperate fight for survival in the ultra-raw, unhinged thrill ride Killing Ground. In need of a break from the pressures of city life, Sam (Harriet Dyer) and Ian (Ian Meadows) head to a remote beach for a romantic weekend camping trip. When they stumble upon an abandoned campsite, they’re concerned. When they discover a lone, traumatized child nearby, they’re scared. And when they encounter two sadistic sociopaths (Aaron Glenane, Aaron Pederson), they’re in for one hell of a getaway. Weaving with unexpected twists and turns, Killing Ground delivers both nerve-shredding suspense and gut-punching realism.

What starts out as a simple camping trip turns into a nightmare for this couple that ends up being completely terrorized by two unbalanced locals who are up to no good. As soon as they set up their campsite they see another site set up down from them but there’s no sign of anyone around. What happens is, the two end up finding this lost child out in the woods and just when they get ready to take him to get some medical care, these two sleazeballs show up to cause some trouble. This is where things get deadly for the couple because the two men have plans to kill them because they’re witnesses to another crime that these two committed earlier even though they’re not fully aware of it. This has something to do with the missing campers and that deserted campsite.

Okay, Killing Ground is one of the most raw and intense survival thrillers that I’ve witnessed in a while. This is the kind of movie that’ll make you think twice before you go out camping at a remote location. Hey, if there’s an abandoned tent there just get back in your car and go home to safety! This is the kind of disturbing story you’d see in the headlines so it’s all completely believeable which makes it such an entertaining and unnerving watch. What all of these unsuspecting campers go through by the hands of these two thugs is completely terrifying. These men play a warped games of cat and mouse with their victims that includes both physical and emotional torture and the viewer gets the best seat in the house to watch this shockfest go down.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The reverse sleeve also features an image from the movie. Each disc also features artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Killing Ground ended up being an intense Aussie survival thriller that holds nothing back. Damien Power’s story was extremely interesting and he did a really good job bringing this brutal and unforgiving world to life on screen. The small cast all did a great job with their performances that features some emotional highs and lows. The big question here is, what would you do if you got caught up in a life or death situation like this? Would you handle it the way these campers did or find another way? There are a few disturbing scenes that might either shock some viewers or offend them so just be warned going in. All I’ll add is that it has something to do with child abuse. All in all, this was one of the best survival thrillers to come along in a while and I thoroughly enjoyed this gritty and violent watch. The movie fits right in with survival thrillers like Straw DogsKilling Ground will be available on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on November 7th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.37:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.37:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: N/A




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