'Hounds of Love'
Harrowing doesn't begin to describe this story of a young woman (Ashleigh Cummings) trying to escape the serial-killing couple who've abducted her – it's a high compliment to the movie's effectiveness to say that Tribeca should have PTSD counselors on hand for post-screening appointments. (At the very least, the use of "Knights in White Satin" during a drugging scene will ensure you never hear that Moody Blues the same way again.) Riffing slightly on the "Moorhouse Murders" case, Australian filmmaker Ben Young displays a talent for shredding your nerves, especially when his heroine starts banking her survival on psychologically pitting her kidnappers against each other. It's too impeccably composed to be pure Ozploitation and too icky and scuzzy to be a prestige-drama take. So thank god it found the perfect true-crime-horror sweet spot to hit. DF