NEWS & REVIEWS
Reel Talk : The West Australian Review
BEN O'SHEA & MARK NAGLAZAS
JUNE 2ND, 2017
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
"Stephen Curry enjoyed serenity as Dale Kerrigan in The Castle but destroys suburban tranquillity in Hounds of Love. As a WA film, I think this is something we can all be proud of, and as a calling card to Hollywood for Ben Young, fantastic. It's a very well made film, but the real revelations are the performances of Stephen Curry and Emma Booth ... a star-making performance for her." ★★★★
Sympathy with the Devil : Review
JUNE 1ST, 2017
"Personally, I always yawn when I see the word “haunting” used to describe a film. But when it comes to Hounds of Love, it is the only possible way to define the post-viewing unease that pervades the mind for days. Hounds is a savage, raw psychological thriller that is absolutely worthy of the multiple awards and accolades already received, and viewing it should be a priority." 8 out of 10.
David Stratton Recommends
MAY 31ST, 2017
"A devilishly potent new Australian film from first time writer-director Ben Young, is a little masterpiece of horror ... His achievement is to create an environment that is totally, devastatingly believable." "The brave actors ... are all superb. Stephen Curry in particular, is a revelation ... (Curry) is the most chilling screen killer since Hannibal Lecter" ★★★★
"Savagely Intense" : The Guardian Review
MAY 23RD, 2017
"Snowtown meets Natural Born Killers ... with a fetid psychological energy that clings like an unshakeable dream ... What a performance (from Booth) - an enthralling combination of perversity and vulnerability ... Young has put a fresh and meaningful spin on a genre often preoccupied with cheap thrills." ★★★★
"Nerves Will Fray" : L.A. Times Review
MAY 22ND, 2017
"Young’s vision of quiet middle-class mayhem, drawn from the three-handed struggle between young Vicki and her tormentors, is bold and unflinching. It drips with the verisimilitude of late 1980s suburbia, hinting at toxically masculine aggression that hangs in the everyday air even outside the confines of the Whites’ walls."
Overlook Film Festival 2017: Hounds Wins Big
May 2nd, 2017
"The big winner of the weekend was Ben Young's Aussie horror Hounds of Love which took home both the top jury prize "Best Feature" and the Audience Award ... Rich with tense performances and complex insight into working class struggles ... We're going to be talking about the movie – and this filmmaker – for a long time.”
On State of Mind
in 'Hounds of Love'
APRIL 24th, 2017
"Through its sheer sense of presence, it does not ask for, but rather it demands an appreciation for the visceral experience it cultivates.
(Hounds) meticulously inches it’s way towards an emotionally dramatic and uncertain crescendo." 8 out of 10
Tribeca Film Festival
April 20th, 2017
"Fueled by a powerhouse performance by Emma Booth, Hounds of Love shines the darkest corners of the human heart to examine the monstrous things we’re capable of doing to ourselves and to others in the name of love. Its a deep, dark, disturbing, masterpiece of a film." ★★★★★
MARCH 31st, 2017
"(Young) didn’t subscribe to any genres as such, and that’s what I think makes it so original and unique ... I think he did a pretty magical job with it. I saw it for the first time yesterday and I knew he was a genius but I didn’t understand what kind of genius he was until yesterday."
Venice Film Festival
SEPTEMBER 1st, 2016
"Brave audiences will be rewarded with a harrowing ride that morphs from discrete horror to probing character study and back again ... For such a bold film to work, the performances must be all-in, and the three leads are committed to Young’s vision ... “Hounds of Love” is a calling card not soon forgotten."