high-schooler Mark (Sebastian Gregory)
stumbles upon a fresh grave in the woods
of his peaceful suburb and spies a 4WD
driving away from the scene. Together
with friends James (Joshua Payne) and
Chasely (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence), they
return to the scene to unearth what they
imagine is buried cash or drugs.
Their bit of fun turns perilous, however,
when they uncover a body. The boys
realize that their grim discovery could
help them exact revenge upon their
nemesis Gary Parker (Michael Dorman), so
they embark upon a hunt for the identity
of the killer (played with frightening
realism by Joel Edgerton).
Acolytes quickly turns into a sinister
tale of deception and betrayal as the
three teens find themselves in over their
heads, trying to outwit a serial killer
as he turns the tables on them and lures
them into his violent world.
understand the story too well as
everything was happening fast and didn't
overly explain itself too well plus it
seemed more like a murder mystery than a
horror till quarter way through. The film
was rough to say it all.
There's some nice suspenseful shots on a character named Tanya Lee was running through the woods and hitting
a branch falling down as well as a
jumping moment with a vehicle hitting
her as this is an attention grabber. There are nice camera shots on
a car racing by and then a good close up
shot on a butterfly on a tree.
We spot many good shots on some of the main characters in the flick hanging
out and taking walks to different areas
of the town like in a neighborhood
looking at a missing sign and guessing
what happened to this person or going by
a deserted drive in as well as making out
with one another and smoking weed.
We spot some good shots on them in the
woods and digging up a corpse and a
camera closing in on the main character Chasley and
she turns around with a gasp and then
running through the woods with the odd
screaming which was impressive.
We spot a good shot on Chasley in a hole that was dug up screaming after
spotting the corpse and gasping the words
who the corpse is which looked
We have a perfect situation with James on a merry go round acting
slick towards his friends about finding
the killer and then Chasley kissing him
on the merry go round with Mark pushing the merry go round to go faster
and then charging his head towards the
merry go round knocking himself out with James speaking shocked towards him.
There's a good shot on the three of them
stopping and watching Gary Parker at his house and then he watches them
coldly coming towards them with James panicking telling them to drive away mjaking the story seem fairly effective while watching this.
We have a nice energetic scene with
the three main characters running away from a black
vehicle and then when they manage to get
away there's a good shot on Gary looking at them with James cussing him out.
We have great camera takes on Gary driving his car and chasing after Mark with a suspenseful take on the car
hitting him and then tumbling to the
ground crying in pain with Gary looking down on him and getting menacing
with him with great close up shots on this character.
We have a nice brief discussion with a parents crying
and holding onto Chasley's hand
with a perfect close up shot on him doing
We spot great dark shots on Mark and James looking through a
house they broke into with a phone
ringing which almost makes you jump.
There's a great shot looking up and down
on Ian Wright in the woods
looking around with good brief intense
shots on some murders leaving it that
nice creepy touch to it.
We spot many good shots on Ian in his home checking up on things as well
as him sitting on a bed as if he's
watching TV and then answering a phone
with perfect aggressions on James
threatening him they'll go to the cops
for a murder he committed with his
expressionless response towards them.
There's a good shot on Ian holding a
gun next to Gary and demanding
him to give him answers.
We spot some suspenseful shots on Gary driving in his car like a maniac with
both Mark, James and Chasley freaking out in the passenger seat.
There's a great dark shot on a shadowy
figure going through a sewer pipe holding
a flashlight towards some people crying.
There's a good cold reaction with Gary while the three actors Mark, James and Chasley are sobbing in the
We spot some good shots on Gary shooting his bow and arrow towards Mark and James leaving a nice horror
There's a good shot on Mark picking up a boulder and heaving it many
times on Gary's head which looked quite
We have a good argumentive conversation
between Chasley and James about
going to the police or hospital on what
We have a nice painful reaction on Mark when Chasley pulls out an arrow
that he was stabbed from.
There's a great shot on James turning around and suddenly an angered
attack out of nowhere by Ian which
makes you jump
A nice shot on Mark slowly
walking into a bathroom and uncovering a
corpse in a bathtub and then a good close
up on him looking shocked and slowly
We spot some great shots with Ian next to Chasley tied in chains
and gagged with Mark watching
all of this.
Bottom lin is that we do have some good performances by the
young cast members and nice touchings on
the adults being suspects on the murders
with good shots in the woods too along
with a few jumps which saves this film
for being below average. Otherwise if
you're into total horror this one may not
be for you. Oh well we can't all win.
The acting is not
too bad as the lead actress played by Hanna Mangin Lawrence does well with
her screaming and emotions too along with
the odd aggressions bringing everything
together quite well with what she had to
do for the whole storyline.
Joel Edgerton showed his stuff
looking like a normal family man but
really a psychotic killer and knew how to
speak with his soft silent words.
Joshua Payne was the best teen actor
in the film who knew how to act
aggressive towards the people he thinks
were killers and was great by behaving
demanding like too. He shows terrific
stern expressions to top it all off
proving to be a worthy character actor. He also knew on how to act very slick with what he was doing too.
Michael Dorman showed the perfect
tough and mean looks as one of the
suspects and totally knew how to act like
a nasty bully with his actions to top it
all off. Hats off to this fellow.
An arrow is shot
in a teens arm
A rock is bloodily bashed in a guys face
We have lots of creepy
rusty sounds for the film as well as the
hissing sounds too all blending in
together for the plotlines composed by David