Just in time for the international premiere of KILLING GROUND at the Sundance Film Festival, we have received the poster for the upcoming horror film.
KILLING GROUND, is a tightly-wound thriller reminiscent of the 70's survival thrillers such as Deliverance and Straw Dogs and more recent chillers such as The Vanishing and Funny Games. The film is a modern campfire story about fear, violence, heroism and the limits of courage.
This exceptionally well-crafted film is written and directed by Damien Power, who is making his feature film debut. Considered one of Australian's rising directors and praised for his "original voice and distinctive storytelling," Power's short films have been programmed in noteworthy festivals such as Busan and Venice.
The film tells the story of Ian and Samantha, who arrive at an isolated campsite to find an SUV and a tent, but no sign of the occupants. As night falls and the campers fail to return, Ian and Sam grow increasingly uneasy. The discovery of a distressed child wandering in the woods unleashes a terrifying chain of events that will test them to their breaking point.
Ian Meadows, who plays Ian, and Harriet Dyer (Logie Award nominated actress for Best Most Oustanding Newcomer and Most Popular New Talent) who plays Sam, deliver powerful performances that have audiences feeling every desperate moment.
Aaron Glenane, most recently seen in the film Truth alongside Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, plays Chook, whose outward calm hides a frightening cruelty. His mentor in murder, German, is played with cold malice by Aaron Pedersen, an award-winning actor best known for the hit thriller Mystery Road. Together, Chook and German are an unforgettable criminal duo.
KILLING GROUND has a taut, non-linear structure, which contributes to an atmosphere of timeless menace and dread. Tension builds as the narrative threads wind together; danger escalates and Sam and Ian's options narrow drastically. The Australian bush setting plays a significant role in the film, and KILLING GROUND is part of a long tradition of Austrlian cinema - from Picnic at Hanging Rock to Wolf Creek - that have a deep sense of unease in a hostile wilderness.
The following are the dates and times in which you can see KILLING GROUND at the Sundance Film Festival:
Friday, January 20, 11:45pm Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Saturday, January 21, 1:00pm Redstone Cinema 2, Park City
Saturday, January 21, 2:30pm P & I Screening, Holiday Village 1, Park City
Saturday, January 21, midnight Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
Thursday, January 25, 11:30pm Prospector Square Theatre, Park City