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This movie, based on a true story, tells the tale of John Bunting (Daniel Henshall), the most notorious serial killer in the history of Australia. However, if you are expecting a bloodbath, this is not the film for you. This centers more on the psychological effects Bunting had on Jamie Vlassakis, the sixteen year old son of his girlfriend Elizabeth. So instead of gore and blood, what we have here is a slow burn story that lasts two hours and results in little payoff. That said, Henshall turns in a fantastic performance as Bunting, and Lucas Pittaway does a pretty good job as Jamie, the impressionable kid. The interesting thing about Bunting is his victims--he didn't go after so-called "innocent" people. Instead, Bunting targets people he sees as not fit for living--drug addicts, pedophiles, etc. The movie does a decent job showing the impact Bunting has on Vlassakis, but at two hours, this is a lot to sit through. Also, a warning: some people are going to have a very difficult time understanding a lot of the dialogue. The accents of some of these actors is very thick. If you are expecting a traditional horror movie, The Snowtown Murders is not one--it's more a psychological thriller, and a fairly average one at that.