The Hounds (2013)

The Hounds DVD coverVerdict: 4 ( Avoid )

Premise: Four friends (three guys and one girl) retreat deep into the wilderness for some camping, but after finding a dead body buried near their campsite, they are preyed upon by a shape-shifting, organ-stealing killer.

Mini Review: “The Hounds” rewards those who are patient … very patient. It is a textbook example of a film that has a great concept that is completely undermined by its poor execution. I’ve rated this movie a 4 out of 10: Two points are for its concept (or ultimately, its twist) and two points are for an especially sickening scene where a character’s kidney is ripped out. “The Hounds” reminded me of a Canadian horror film called “Dark Reprieve” (2008), another good idea that was executed terribly. In both movies, the screenplay fails to carry the story to its horrifying conclusion. One brief example: You know your script is weak if you have a character who is alone and has to talk to himself for the benefit of the viewers. The cinema should show, not tell. Plus, this is what good actors are for: conveying emotion without needing to speak. I have to give “The Hounds” credit, though: It is about one of the worst things that could ever happen to a human being (in real life). But you’ve got three characters, a tent and nothing but forest. That could be incredible, but it’s very boring. There’s a secondary story that seems completely unrelated to the primary plot. Naturally, we later learn the correlation, but until we arrive at the end of the movie, it’s very frustrating to watch. And unfortunately, “The Hounds” follows a trend in horror that I really hate, which is, casting multiple actors and only one actress, especially in a one-against-many scenario, where one killer is individually picking off a group of young men and women.

Directed by Maurizio del Piccolo and Roberto del Piccolo. Starring Maddie Moate, Paul Tonkin, David Drew. Sub-genre: Supernatural / Slasher / Mystery. Runtime: 87 min. MPAA rating: Not rated (but would be R). U.S. theater release: January 20, 2013. DVD release: February 26, 2013. Country: UK. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0007.

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2 thoughts on “The Hounds (2013)

  1. I watched this film and trust me,is one of the best indie movie i ‘ve seen in years.There is a concept behind and lot of thinking.The action starts late of course, but this is why independent movie are for ,not following the rules.I totally disagree what reported above…some scenes are made with professional weird look.Reccomended8/10

  2. Thanks for your comment, Bob. I’m glad you like “The Hounds” better than I do. You must have something that many horror fans don’t — and that’s patience for a slow-burn story. Thanks again for writing, and if you get a chance, check out an episode of The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast, whose episodes are also posted on this site.
    Jay of the Dead

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