3. 'Hounds of Love'
Anyone familiar with the "Moorhouse Murders" – in which a couple in Perth kidnapped, raped and murdered four women in the mid-1980s – will recognize the similarities in Ben Young's fictional riff on the true-crime case. There's knowing about such things, however, and feeling like you've been dropped right into the middle of such an ordeal from the victim's perspective, which is exactly what this harrowing serial-killer movie feels like. We joked (sort of) that PTSD counselors should be on hand when this movie played a film festival earlier in 2017; months later, we still find ourselves spontaneously trembling every time we hear the Moody Blues' "Knights in White Satin," which soundtracks a teenager (Ashleigh Cummings) falling into the duo's trap. The filmmaking chops suggest someone with an impeccable eye is behind the camera. The pitiless brutality on display also hints that ice water runs in their veins. DF