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Dying Breed (2008)

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Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. ... See full summary »


Jody Dwyer


Michael Boughen (screenplay), Jody Dwyer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Phillips ... Jack
Leigh Whannell ... Matt
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Harvey / Rowan
Mirrah Foulkes ... Nina
Melanie Vallejo Melanie Vallejo ... Rebecca
Ken Radley Ken Radley ... Liam
Elaine Hudson ... Ethel
Sheridan Harvey Sheridan Harvey ... Katie
Peter Docker Peter Docker ... Alexander Pierce
Boris Brkic ... Sgt. Symons
Phillip McInnes Phillip McInnes ... Guard #1
Ian 'Paddy' McIvor Ian 'Paddy' McIvor ... Guard #2 (as Paddy McIvor)
James Portanier James Portanier ... Guard #3
Sally McDonald Sally McDonald ... Ruth
Peter Finlay Peter Finlay ... Hunter #1


Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. Against all odds, Pearce escaped from the most feared penal settlement of the British Empire - Sarah Island - and disappeared into the impenetrable forests of Western Tasmania. Seven convicts escaped with him, yet Pearce was the only one that emerged... along with chunks of human flesh in his pockets. The legend of Pearce was born. An extinct species... a long forgotten legend... both had a desperate need to survive; both could now have living descendants within the Tasmanian bush. Many sightings of the tiger have been reported. Many hikers have gone missing. Hundreds in fact. Zoologist Nina is convinced there are still tigers remaining in the Tasmanian wilderness, and she has proof - a photograph of a paw print snapped by her sister just before she met with a fatal accident in the bush eight years ... Written by Jody Dwyer

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for bloody violent content, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Premiered at the 2008 Tribecca Film Festival. See more »


While leaving the Water Rat Hotel at the start of the movie, a tram can be seen in the background and then disappears as the scene has been cut. Also this is supposed to be in Tasmania, they do not have Trams, this would of been filmed in Melbourne. See more »


Katie: Simple Simon met the pie man playing with a knife Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "Will you take my life?" Said the pie man to Simple Simon, "When the time is right" Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "Then I'll die tonight".
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »

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15 August 2010 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

To quickly summarize this movie, you take "Wrong Turn" and put it together with "The Hills Have Eyes", and then you end up with "Dying Breed". Just change the scenery to the Tasmanian outdoors, and voilà, there you go. Although "Dying Breed" is nowhere near as interesting as either of the other movies.

"Dying Breed" is basically about a group of people stuck in the deep woods, and something is out there stalking them. The movie sort of builds up some fairly good moments, but they are always toppled by an anti-climatic result. Toss in a supposedly Tasmanian tiger in the equation, and hope it would work. But it didn't, at least not for me...

And had the movie been based on something fresh, it might actually have been interesting, but the story and plot was handpicked right out of movies like "Wrong Turn", "The Hills Have Eyes" and such similar movies.

Now as for the cast, well they were actually well cast and they did good jobs with their roles. I especially liked the acting of Leigh Whannell towards the end, when he was in the chair. That was really cool. Although what happened following that scene was so predictable, that you could smell it a mile away.

There was no frights in this movie, which was a total disappointment. There were moments when there could have been some suspense, but the movie failed to deliver on that part. As for the psychological aspect of the movie, well that was brilliant. Being trapped in the woods, scared, something stalking you, and weird hillbillies nearby, well that actually did work out well enough for the movie. Although, it has all be used before.

"Dying Breed" was somewhat of a disappointing experience. I had expected more from this, as it is a part of the "After Dark Horrorfest" movies. But now I've seen it, and will chalk it up as a Tasmanian remake of "Wrong Turn" and "The Hills Have Eyes", nothing more... I don't recommend this movie to be a top priority to watch if you are into horror movies or psychologically freaky movies, this is slow-moving and takes forever to get nothing told. There are far better and far scarier movies out there in the woods...

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Release Date:

6 November 2008 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office


AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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