First Clip from 'Killing Ground' gets campy

Seth Metoyer,
MoreHorror.com

IFC Midnight has sent over the first official clip from the horror, thriller film KILLING GROUND. The film will be released in theaters and VOD on July 21, 2017.

Check out the clip below the synopsis and a word from the director. Also dig on the poster art, I think it's tight.

Synopsis
A couple’s romantic camping trip becomes a desperate fight for survival in this ultra-raw, unhinged kill ride. In need of a break from the pressures of their life in the city, Sam (Harriet Dyer) and Ian (Ian Meadows) head to a remote beach for a weekend getaway. When they come across an abandoned campsite, with no trace of its occupants, they’re concerned. When they discover a lone, traumatized child nearby, they’re scared. And when they encounter two local weirdos, they’re in for a hell of a bad time. Unfolding in an innovative, time-scrambling structure, Killing Ground delivers both nerve-shredding suspense and gut-punching realism.

Director's Statement
KILLING GROUND is a lean, unorthodox genre film inspired by the classic character-driven survival thrillers of the 70s.

It all began with the image of a deserted tent, which appeared to me so powerfully that it demanded a story. Thinking about what might have happened to the tent’s missing occupants reminded me of the scary stories we tell around a campfire.
I believe the best films, including genre films, spring from something personal and deeply felt. KILLING GROUND was born out of my fears for my children and my anxieties as a parent. Life in the West today presents us with few tests of our ‘capital C’ courage: the life and death kind of physical or moral courage regularly examined in movies. Would I be able to protect my family if our lives were in danger? Would I fight or would I flee?

KILLING GROUND is a violent story, but it’s also a story about violence – about what it does to its victims, perpetrators and viewers: How violence dehumanises its victims by robbing them of choice.

The film is also the story about place. Violence and pain don’t disappear without leaving a trace, they are held by the land around us. KILLING GROUND is part of a long tradition of Australian cinema exploring our sense of unease in our own backyard.
The structure interweaves three narrative threads – the protagonists in the present, the killers in the present, and the family (victims) in the past. The flashback / parallel narrative structure of the first two thirds of KILLING GROUND is akin to a detective story with a mystery to be solved: asking, ‘what happened?’ instead of ‘what will happen?’ Once the protagonists (and the viewer) learn what happened in the past and the flashbacks end, the story focuses on the consequences for Sam and Ian in the present. There’s a sense of things closing in, reducing to the essential. Tension builds as the narrative threads wind together, danger escalates and Sam and Ian’s options narrow drastically.

The fractured flashback / parallel narrative structure brings the past back to life before our eyes. It is the story of what happened to the family – but in the present tense of cinema, it’s also the story of what is happening to the family. This – and the allusions to a past massacre – contribute to an atmosphere of timelessness and a feeling that what is happening is always happening, now and forever.

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