Film: Dying Breed
Dying Breed is a 2008 film written by Michael Boughen, directed by Jody Dwyer, and starring Nathan Phillips as Jack, Leigh Whannell as Matt, Mirrah Foulkes as Nina, and Bille Brown as Rowan. An expedition of zoologists go into the bush in search for the last Tasmanian Tiger. Instead, they encounter the cannibalistic bogan descendents of 19th century Serial Killer Alexander Pearce.See Van Diemens Land for a more serious and historically-based take on the Alexander Pearce story
This film provides examples of:
- Annoying Arrows: Subverted. Jack accidentally shoots a villager with a crossbow and pins him to a tree.
- Beard of Evil: Pearce's descendents are dirty and unkempt.
- Bear Trap: The cannibals use these to capture their victims.
- Cannibal Clan: Pearce's inbred descendents.
- Creepy Child: Nina's niece.
- Expy: The plot is very similar to contemporary American films about cannibal rednecks such as Wrong Turn, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Hills Have Eyes.
- Fate Worse Than Death: At the end, Nina is Chained to a Bed so the cannibals can use her as breeding stock.
- Gorn: Lots of it
- Guns Are Useless: In the prologue set in 1822, a policeman tries to shoot Pearce with a pistol. The gun misfires, and Pearce bites the copper's neck.
- Human Resources: The flesh of the cannibals' victims is made into pies, and sold to passing travellers.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Revealed later in the film
- Last Of Their Kind: The Tasmanian Tiger.
- Land Down Under: Combined with elements of the Savage South trope.
- Murderers Are Rapists: Due to generations of inbreeding, the cannibals are suffering from low fertility and rely on unwilling Sex Slaves to produce the next generation.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: As above.
- The Alleged Car: The beat-up yellow Holden pickup owned by the cannibals.
- The Bad Guy Wins: All of the explorers are murdered except for Matt and Nina, and there is no hope of escape.
- The Secret of Long Pork Pies: An example with actual pies.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Due to its remoteness, the inhabitants of the town are all related to each other. They murder and eat strangers to keep their location a secret.