THE CULLING (2015) Reviews and overview

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‘When the devil breeds… a new evil is born.’

The Culling is a 2015 American supernatural horror feature film, directed and written by Rustam Branaman.

The movie stars Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth DiPrinzio, Brett Davern, Chris Coy, Linsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Johnathon Schaech, and Harley Graham.


When a group of college friends head out of town for a fun-filled long weekend, their plans change after finding a seven-year-old girl alone at an empty cafe along the highway and have no choice but to drive her home. When they arrive at her house it’s quickly apparent they will have to stay the night – but what’s not apparent is the living nightmare that they’re about to encounter…

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‘There is an intriguing and, at times, tense build-up to the film’s finale, but not enough is left to our imagination. There are a few times where The Culling is surprisingly misguiding in terms of plot, but overall, we know where this is going. The journey we take to get to the reveal is reasonably enjoyable; there’s a few jumps along the way – there is a great moment involving a flying axe – but nothing remarkable.’ Scream magazine

‘It made a pleasant and refreshing change to watch a film that relied on good old-fashioned filmmaking. There were only the smallest touches of CGI when we would see the shadowy figures that invaded bodies, and all other effects were practical. The slow buildup and creepy setting added to the overall effect. This was all achieved without a plot-hole in sight…’ Influx magazine


‘The issue I had was that the film doesn’t seem to want to identify the force until it is too late which takes away the reason why the characters are running around aimlessly at times. When we do finally get the reveal it does again come off clichéd but works for what this horror is trying to achieve. You can see the low budget used on this film which doesn’t help because the acting takes away from certain moments that are highlights.’ Movie Reviews 101


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Cast and characters:

  • Jeremy Sumpter … Tyler
  • Elizabeth DiPrinzio … Emily
  • Brett Davern … Sean
  • Chris Coy … Hank
  • Linsey Godfrey … Amanda
  • Virginia Williams … Val
  • Johnathon Schaech … Wayne
  • Harley Graham … Lucy

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