Killing Ground Review
People on vacation have always been the easiest targets for depraved killers. While many slasher movies tend to go for more sensationalistic violence—The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes being two of the most extreme–sometimes just meeting strangers in the middle of nowhere is enough to freak anybody out.
Coming out just a few months after the similarly grim Hounds of Love, this first-time feature from Australian director Damien Power tries to take a classier look at terrorized tourists, but runs into problems in trying to keep the viewer entertained.
Power’s film begins with couple Ian and Samantha (Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer), on a trip to Gungilee Falls, a beautiful vacation spot in the Australian woods. Once there, they discover that other campers have set up their tent, yet they’re nowhere to be found. They start to become suspicious after it gets dark without having seen traces of other people, but then they find a baby left alone and start suspecting foul play.