The Pack (2015)

The Pack
Director: Nick Robertson
Writer: Evan Randall Green
Cast: Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips, Katie MooreHamish Phillips
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

The Wilsons are trying their best to stay afloat. But Carla’s (Anna Lise Phillips) vet business is not going too strong and Adam’s (Jack Campbell) farming is severely threatened by the fact that his cows have been attacked by wild animals and more than one has been torn apart. But the real fight for survival starts when a pack of feral dogs lays siege to their farm house.

Do you know those medieval illustrations of lions done by people who have never actually seen a lion? The Pack has an equal accurate grasp of how dogs are, making the film ridiculous from the get go. But its laughability is then increased by the sheer stupidity of everyone in the film, making it amazing to watch in a perverse, self-punishing way that is not as much fun as it should be.

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La meute [The Pack] (2010)

[One of the films of the /slash Filmfestival‘s special European evening.]

La meute is Franck Richard‘s first feature film, starring Émilie Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay, Philippe Nahon and Yolande Moreau.

Charlotte (Émilie Dequenne) is driving across the country, without much of a goal. She picks up hitchhiker Max (Benjamin Biolay) and they end up at a rather solitary truck stop. After they are attacked by a group of bikers, who are fended off by the truck stop owner La Spack (Yolande Moreau), Max heads to the bathroom – and doesn’t return. Charlotte wonders and worries. She decides to stick around after La Spack closes the restaurant and look for Max. Which might just be the single worst decision of her life.

If you haven’t heard anything else about the film than what you’ve read here, trust me and don’t look for more information before watching the film. And you should watch it – it’s a tight, atmospheric film with a great heroine, generally good performances and if you don’t know more about it, you’re going to be really surprised. I didn’t like the last ten minutes or so, but other than that, this film is a treat for every horror fan.

Also, if you haven’t seen it, stop reading now, because there will be spoilers. SPOILERS, I tell you!

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