Snowtown Murders, The

Snowtown Murders, The




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Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, The Snowtown Murders is a stark journey into a brutal subculture of suspicion, addiction and violence.

Hoping for much-needed stability and security in their lives, embattled mother Elizabeth and her three sons take up with John Bunting, the self-appointed and seriously deranged "moral compass" of a vigilante "neighborhood watch" group - one that targets people they suspect may be homosexuals and/or pedophiles (the two being, in their minds, interchangeable). John's charismatic nature causes 16-year-old Jamie to view the older man as a role model, and the two quickly strike up a bond. But when John introduces Jamie to his disturbing ideas of administering justice, the impressionable youth is confronted with a father figure who may be the most vicious predator he's encountered yet.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes' Critics Week, Justin Kurzel's directorial debut is an uncompromising look at the alarming circumstances that led to the notorious crimes.

Reasons to Buy

  1. As harrowing as it may be to watch (especially for gay audiences), it's important to know that all of this really happened. The Snowtown Murders is based on real-life serial killer and crazed homophobe John Bunting - who is, thankfully, serving 11 life imprisonment sentences in Australia.
  2. The film won the Audience Award at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival after its premiere and was selected as one of seven films from around the world to be shown as part of the International Critic's Week competition during the Cannes Film Festival (it won a "Special Mention" award).
  3. Though almost everyone describes it as brutal and difficult to watch, critics around the globe have praised The Snowtown Murders. Roger Ebert, who gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, called it "the most frightening film about a psychopath I've seen."

DVD Features

Deleted Scenes With Audio Commentary
Feature Commentary With Director Justin Kurzel
Original Cast Footage
The Snowtown Crimes


  • Director: Justin Kurzel
  • Producer: Anna McLeish
  • Producer: Sarah Shaw
  • Writer: Shaun Grant
  • Length: 2 hrs. 0 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Aug 14 2012
  • Added: May 30 2012
  • Production Year: 2011
  • TLA SKU: 1616935
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 030306957197
  • Catalog #: DV34030202


2 Reviews for Snowtown Murders, The

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Review by Robert O'Neill

By: Robert O'Neill
In-House Review - Sep 12 2012
The Snowtown Murders, the latest provocation from Australia (a country that has offered a hefty slate of brutally violent films in the past few years), is based on a true story. Between 1992 and 1999, a man by the name of John Bunting (played, in the... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
In 1999 in Snowtown, Australia, there was a series of horrific crimes and this movie is based upon them. It shows is the subculture that allowed suspicion, violence and addiction and therefore these terrible crimes. Elizabeth is a single mother who w... Read More

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