The 2009 After Dark Horrorfest included, as one of its 8 Films To Die For, an Australian mid-range almost barker called Dying Breed. It has a little basis in fact but, much like any movie that includes the words "Based On A True Story" on the poster (Dying Breed does not, by the way), the factual elements are glamorized and enhanced for the sake of the story.
who was a real dude) who, when he IS just about caught and going to get shot, takes a bit out of the policeman's neck. He's known as The Pieman. This is important.
Fast-forward to the present (and past the opening credits because who wants to watch those anyway) where we find Nina and her boyfriend Matt who are on their way to Tasmania to find the supposedly extinct apex predator, (or at the VERY least extremely endangered) the Tasmanian Tiger (or, as it's more properly called, the Thylacine or Thylacinus cynophalus, Greek for "dog-headed pouched one"). One would think that she wouldn't bother since it's been reportedly extinct since 1936. I mean, seriously, it's like planning a dodo dinner. It HAS kind of reached a "cryptid" sort of status, though, as sightings are still reported. Nina, naturally, is spurred on by the fact that a fresh footprint was discovered by her older sister right before she vanished near the Pieman River.
Of course, they bring along their friends Jack and Rebecca who offer a bit of financial and moral support to the scientific cause.
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The group gets on a ferry and Matt, trying to be all personable and charming, asks a little girl what she's playing when he finds her doing something with a bunch of yellowing teeth. She bites him and he deserved it because he was STUPID!
Then they get to their destination and Jack, because he is a colossal fucking moron, deliberately punctures one of the tires of a local's vehicle. Of course, HIS car's been scratched in return and this makes him angry because he's apparently an entitled prick that doesn't believe that he's deserving of retaliation. Later, in their rooms, Jack and Rebecca are in the middle of a little "down-under" when they discover that they're being watched. Jack, still naked, chases the voyeur down and gives him a whuppin'.
The next day, they take a boat to their campsite and that evening, Matt and Nina actually find a Tasmanian Tiger. She tries to get a picture but it runs away. The rest grab their cell phones and give chase. Rebecca, because she's had sex, gets killed and, not surprisingly, eaten. Cannibal's, y'see. You guys thought the extinct animal was gonna be the monster, didn't you? Nooooooope. This is all Texas Chainsaw up in here.
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Jack finds Rebecca's phone and jacket and, in his paranoia, shoots a local and pins him to a tree through his cheek because everybody that's in the midst of panic is like fucking Robin Hood.
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So, Matt makes it back to town and gets the police involved. He gets a mug of something tea/coffee-like and discovers that he was given a paralyzing agent. In his drug-induced paralysis, one of the locals tells him that, like the Tasmanian Tiger, their clan must stay hidden to survive. Because cannibal clans sort of force themselves into hiding so that their activities aren't reported. Nina's set to be raped, Matt's tied to a chair and Nina's niece is peckish. The End.
This is another one of those movies that I can't really say whether I liked it or not. I mean, it's heavily derivative, INFESTED with tropes (and you know I love them but too much is too much) and relies too much on the cannibal angle for the scares when, seriously, it's not new anymore. The hunt for the extinct animal seemed like a more interesting story and had the film makers gone with that angle, the movie could have been AMAZING. Instead, they gave us a weak cannibal clan, allusions to Deliverance and an arrow through the cheek.
I'm not saying to skip it. I'm just saying that there are better ways to spend your time. But if you have a couple of hours to kill and you're not, say, washing your socks, you could give it a try.