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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 »

Director:

Jody Dwyer

Writers:

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

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
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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. 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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Some species are better off dead. See more »

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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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Trivia

During the first seconds of the end credits just 1 or 2 frames show what Pieman's Pie really is made of. See more »

Goofs

When Rebecca gets killed, the killer rolls her head over, and we see her eyes are open. When the killer leans in to eat her lips, however, they are closed. See more »

Quotes

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 Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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Decent
31 March 2009 | by doctorgonzo23See all my reviews

While I'm not sure that I'd watch Dying Breed again, I have to admit that I enjoyed it through the first time.

There are some great landscape shots in this movie and, overall, I felt the atmosphere was creepy, lending itself well to the dark tone of the picture. There was some suspense and a bit of gore as well. However, there was nothing really new or interesting in the plot. Similar movies have covered the same material before (Wrong Turn, perhaps to a lesser extent even The Chainsaw Massacre movies...) and although there's a link to an actual historical figure, it's a pretty weak link and there's no new twists to make this unique.

The characters are all pretty unlovable, so there's not much to relate to in that department.

The production values are high, so I have to recommend this over some of the other After Dark Horror Fest films I've seen. I feel it's a solid five; flawed but very watchable.


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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2008 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$370,294
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Ambience Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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