By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
Not that I’m likely to get the chance, but seriously my friends, don’t go camping in rural Australia.
Even these guys will probably tear your throat out given the chance.
Killing Ground is just the latest tourist board reminder to not do that, as it follows two groups of campers and some dodgy-looking outbackers as they converge across space and time on a rural campsite. What ensues is most definitely horror film territory.
Killing Ground boasts a very effective structure when you figure out what that is- cunningly jumbling up timelines in its onset to keep you on your toes, or more accurately on edge. When you do get on the same wavelength of the film, it seems like the anticipation of the brutality to come is made all the worse by knowing basically when and how it must.
And when it does, it’s pretty freaking brutal- slasher and midnight movie fans will find what they’re looking for here. The film’s relentless forward motion when all the timelines converge on the present day one will keep you glued to the screen the entire time. This is just solid genre filmmaking 101.
While it is unnerving, the same structure that I praised above means that it takes awhile to determine what’s going on in the plot. Your patience with a story that you have little to no idea what is going on in may vary.
Too much of the film occurs in near opaque night blackness. There aren’t many film crews that have the skills necessary to make this state anything less than confusing and muddled, and the crew here isn’t among them.
With as few and as ultimately clearly defined of a plot the film ends up having, there sure are several untied plot strings – what happened to the kid? Is this a Tarzan origin story?
Other than those, though, Killing Ground pretty much ends up heading in the exact direction you expect it to. Don’t expect many surprises.
Killing Ground is a nasty piece of disturbingly realistic Aussie horror that ranks up there in the brutality scale with Wolf Creek.
Killing Ground (2017) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for every red flag
Take a Drink: for every wild pig
Take a Drink: every time you see a gun
Do a Shot: whenever it’s too pitch black to tell what’s going on