Layers of horror in local thriller

2010-08-23 00:00

A HORROR thriller made by four KwaZulu-Natal filmmakers can be seen at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Durban.

The Unforgiving was written and directed by Alastair Orr and director of cinematography Craig Maar­schalk, both of whom matriculated at Carter High School in Pietermaritzburg in 2002.

It stars Craig Hawks, a former Pinetown Boys’ High School pupil. Make-up for the cast was provided by Kate Blackman, who attended St John’s.

Orr believes that the Saw-style thriller is “exactly the right choice” for young South African filmmakers wanting to compete with films made in America.

He added: “We wanted to make something that looked slick and was in a similar league to films like Saw, Hard Candy and Hostel.

“And we were lucky enough to get SterKinekor to agree to pick up the theatrical release. They will also be making it available on DVD and for television.”

The Unforgiving is low-budget filmmaking at its best. It has just four cast members — Hawks, Ryan Macquet, Clare Opperman and Michael Thompson.

It was filmed at two locations in Vosloorus near Johannesburg and cost just R4 million to make.

It tells the story of Rex Dobson (Macquet) and Alice Edmonds (Opperman), who find themselves stranded alongside the R106, a freeway just outside Johannesburg.

Waiting for help, they are abducted by a masked madman who does unthinkable things to them.

Both survive, but wish they hadn’t.

The two survivors are thrown into separate interrogation cells and Detective James Hirsch (Thompson), a police officer who is used to doing things his own way, questions them relentlessly about the details surrounding the events they describe.

As their stories unfold, it is clear that the truth of what happened that fateful day is far worse than anyone could imagine.

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