You Can’t Stop The Murders

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Small-town police fear for their lives after a set of serial murders with a Village People connection.

YEAR OF RELEASE :  2003

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You Can’t Stop The Murders  Police in the tiny Australian town of Sleepy West are baffled by a series of murders in which a biker, a construction worker, a sailor, a cowboy and an Indian are killed. To their horror, they realise that someone is killing people with the same occupations as the Village People, and there is one occupation left – the cop! With the help of a reluctant detective from out of town, the police race to find the killer before one of them turns up dead….nobody can stop the murders!

Good for a laugh

You Can’t Stop The Murders  This movie is so laid-back it’s like a female contortionist. The sort of movie which could only be made in Australia; laconic in the Croc Dundee style, yet not so emphatically dinkum aussie as in “G’day mate” jargon. Professional film critics may give it one-and-a-half stars, but I’d give it a good three. Then maybe I’m easily pleased. I found it entertaining and amusing – if you’re not too critical. You get a lot of chuckles and also some real laughs. I can imagine off-duty police seeing this picture, because it centres on the relationship between two local cops in a small town, and how their lives are fairly humdrum – until the murders start. A serial killer is loose, and the clue to his/her identity is in the occupation of the victim, and the symbolism of the corpse. The plot seems mainly a vehicle for sight gags and other humour, in Jacques Tati manner (Mon Oncle; M.Hulot’s Holiday; Jour de Fête); yet there is an underlying tension due to apprehension as to who’s going to be next victim. It’s good to see perky Kirstie Hutton again (remember her from “Bullpitt!” on TV?), and all the lead actors are interesting characters; with an able and varied supporting cast. I think this movie should have popular appeal, at least in Australia, and might prove more successful than some would anticipate.

Fantastic Film

This is a really refreshing film given the height of junk my country has been spewing onto the silver screen of late.

An Australian film with a script and story that doesn’t seem like it has gone directly out of the scribble pad and onto the screen. It’s funny, dark. The best film made here since Muriel’s Wedding. I had hoped it would be the beginning of better things for our industry, but alas it would seem it is just a diamond in the rough.

The only thing I have against it is the lack of technical depth with the filming. NOT EVERY Australian FILM HAS TO HAVE EVERY SCENE WITH MAXIMUM LIGHTING. Try having a bit of variety with the look.

Definitely one for the DVD collection. Yay SBS Independent, and yay Miramax (if FFC won’t fund good films, at least there are companies that will) Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!

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