Australian director Ben Young debut feature film “Hounds of Love” examines serial killers, relationships, and the lengths we will go to survive a terrible fate. Set in Perth, 1987, the film follows sadistic serial killer John and Evelyn White (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth), who cruise the streets looking for unsuspecting victims. One hot summer night, they find Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings), an intelligent but fragile teenager who soon finds herself in chains and forced into a dark world of violence and domination. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes the only way she will escape her death is to find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John. Watch an exclusive teaser trailer below.
Inspired by real life events, Young was drawn to make the film after reading a true crime book about female serial killers. “It triggered a strong memory of fear from my childhood that was instilled by my parents as a result of crimes committed by a serial killer couple,” he says. “What was terrifying to me growing up was the idea that a woman (and a mother) could partake in these awful crimes against teenage girls and for what – love? In an attempt to comprehend this in my adult life I became deeply fascinated by the psychology of co-dependent relationships and began to understand just how they can manifest…There was so much I wanted to expose and explore in this because, although these cases of co-dependency are extreme, there is no doubt that different levels of power plays exist in many relationships, so much so I can even draw parallels in my own.”
“Hounds of Love” will have its World Premiere in the Venice Days section of the Venice International Film Festival, which runs from August 31st through September 10th.