The Snowtown Murders

The Snowtown Murders

DVD - 2012
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Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999. The film follows a mother raising her three boys in a poor suburb. She takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead welcoming a vicious predator into her home. An uncompromising look at the alarming circumstances that led to the notorious crimes.
Publisher: New York : IFC Films : Distributed by MPI Home Video, c2012
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780788615856
0788615858
Branch Call Number: DVD Snow

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Janice21383
Aug 26, 2018

Australian films, especially crime dramas, have the reputation of being blunt and bleak, but The Snowtown Murders potentially out-bleaks them all. At the same, this is not a showy film. The film makers know this world and shows it the way it was. One exception is young James Vlassakis, through whose court testimony the story is told. It's possible to doubt he was so teary and reluctant, given that two of his close relatives were victims, on separate occasions, and he drove one of the victims to his death, without the older killers nearby. Though for the most part not explicit, Snowtown is extremely intense -- for mature adults only.

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DHahn
Aug 22, 2017

Harsh and atmospheric, this is definitely difficult to watch as the tension builds. The actors make it so real--you become absolutely sold of their authenticity. Excellent work. I just cannot give five stars as it is such a terribly bleak film...certainly not for "date night" (unless you need to break up!).

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Todd66
Feb 24, 2017

If you had been in Australia when this came to trial, this movie doesn't even touch on the horror of the crimes. Documents of testimony were hidden from the public for years, speculation ran rampant, and when the truth came out it was much worse than anyone imagined.

This gives you an idea of what went on, but because it is a true story, it couldn't be told in a film like this. Do your own research if you really want it all, but you'll be sorry you ever delved deeper. The details of repeated child rape, ongoing molestation that lasted years, and the brutal torture and killing of those that perpetrated these crimes on children, it's all horrific.

You begin to think of the men that went to jail for the murders as heroes because the police did nothing, but you can't. One horror stacked on top of another never makes anything right.

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Mitzi352
Jan 25, 2016

Hard to understand the Aussie accents

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Hurk
Dec 21, 2015

Very bleak movie but well worth the time. Slow building storyline with very nuanced performances by the 2 male leads and the mother. Based on the true subject matter that it is based, this movie is not for the faint of heart. This movie is recommended for true crime buffs. All others, be warned.

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BilboCommins
Dec 29, 2014

I can see how this movie earned accolades and awards, but for me it was too slow and I never really connected to any of the characters. These are my own short-comings, but sometimes it was hard to understand (thick accents) and it was hard for me to distinguish between some of the characters. Overall, I wouldn't really recommend it.

rdcollin Jul 07, 2014

We now know how serial killers are created. Anyone who likes to kill animals for the fun of it needs to watch this movie. I could not.

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jazeebelle
Apr 17, 2014

A very very hard movie to watch. Disturbing and quietly realistic in feel. But if you can stomach the subject and the psychological (true) horror of this story it is more than well worth it.

nickmick Feb 05, 2014

Extremely disturbing, yet I couldn't stop watching this til the end.
Very well done film.

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3romm3la
Feb 18, 2013

A very well-acted film, but extremely bleak subject matter.

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Todd66
Feb 24, 2017

Todd66 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

voisjoe1 Nov 23, 2012

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Boobychuk
Oct 26, 2012

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329Angels Aug 28, 2013

This is not a movie that is suitable for children under 17 to watch. There is a sensitiviy level there for adults as well who are victims of sexual trauma.

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