This brutal, unforgiving psychological drama sets itself apart from mainstream horror schlock by giving precedence to the complex relationship between the husband and wife perpetrators rather than their shocking crimes.
That is not to say that first-time Australian director Ben Young pulls his punches. No siree. You’ll need a strong stomach and nerves of steel to watch Hounds of Love.
If you can take the pain, you will be rewarded with a fascinating insight into the dynamics of the dysfunctional love and power struggles between a psychopathic couple.
Nuanced, spellbinding performances by Emma Booth and Stephen Curry lift this common tale out of the ordinary and into the sublime.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you to not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those of you who cannot resist:
Title: Hounds of Love
Director: Ben Young
Year, Country, Language: 2016, Australia, English
Stars: Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Ashleigh Cummings (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Ben Young
Cinematography: Michael McDermott
Editing: Merlin Eden
Score: Dan Luscombe