Red Hill (2010)
My first film of the month and after my return from working in Kent. Red Hill (2010) looked far better in the trailer than it did in the film. One of the victims of its own publicity. That sees new police constable Shane Cooper (Ryan Kwanten) arrive in the small town of Red Hill with his wife for an easier life. Things are already going wrong when he cant find his gun. How will he be able to protect the public without his firearm.
Easily seen as a clever twist of the horror and western genre, with many nods to both throughout. Things start to heat up when news of an escaped convict from prison Jimmy Conway (Tommy Lewis) an Aboriginal which reflects the Native Americans in North America. There’s a clear reflection of the original genre and historical events on both continents.
When it’s clear that Conway is on his way as one by one Old Bill (Steve Bisley) and his men prepare to go out and kill Conway. It’s not going to be an easy task when the men are taken out one by one in gruesome form. It’s not really as horrific as it should be as the men are gunned down by a man who doesn’t utter a word throughout. Truly a dangerous man who is driven to carry out his vengeance on the men who are out for him.
It’s not laughably un-scary as I have found with other horror films, it’s more predictable, we know they will all be killed off, it’s just how and when. It’s up to the new man in town to save the day, already he has met the Conway who has left his mark on him. It seems all too obvious at times. Being more style over substance with a storyline that has been rolled out time after time, take down the savage. I just wish it was darker and not so contrived. Saved from total predictability by a lone black cat that adds to the danger.
- Red Hill (filmnerdblog.wordpress.com)
- Friday Night Flix: Red Hill (modernborefare.com)
- Steve Bisley: Stillways (blogs.abc.net.au)