In Dying Breed 2, the cannibals and extinct tigers mate.

June 26, 2008 at 12:00 pm (movies) (, , )

This is coming in November, and it’s just so odd that I have to share it. Here’s the official description.

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Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and “The Pieman” (aka Alexander Pearce*) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. Against all odds, Pearce escaped from the most feared penal settlement of the British Empire – Sarah Island – and disappeared into the impenetrable forests of Western Tasmania. Seven convicts escaped with him, yet Pearce was the only one that emerged… along with chunks of human flesh in his pockets. The legend of Pearce was born. An extinct species… a long forgotten legend… both had a desperate need to survive; both could now have living descendants* within the Tasmanian bush. Many sightings of the tiger have been reported. Many hikers have gone missing. Hundreds in fact.

Zoologist Nina is convinced there are still tigers remaining in the Tasmanian wilderness, and she has proof – a photograph of a paw print snapped by her sister just before she met with a fatal accident in the bush eight years before. Unable to attain funding for an expedition, Nina fears her wish to finish her sister’s work (and perhaps lay to rest recurrent nightmares she has about her sister’s death) will never happen. Her partner, Matt, manages to persuade an old mate Jack to help finance the trip – at a price. Jack brings along a girlfriend, Rebecca, who uses the trip as an escape from her stifling real estate job. On their quest to find the extinct tiger, the group venture deep into isolated territory and into the domain of “Pieman” descendants. “Sarah” is a small township that passionately upholds its cannibalistic heritage in honour of the convict patriarch that gave birth to it*. It needs to stay hidden to survive… but it also needs fresh “stock” to breed. The four hunters become the hunted.

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This will do wonders for the reputation of Australian films, surely. [/sarcasm]

*1. I don’t know this guy by name, but my mum used to tell this story about a guy who kept escaping from an early convict prison thingy and would convince other people to go with him. They kept finding him and bringing him back, but they wouldn’t find the other people, and then the last time they found him he was eating a fellow convict. Wikipedia’s article on Pearce suggests that this could easily have originated from him.
*2. Wikipedia never mentioned rumours of descendents, my book on Australian mysteries never mentioned the idea though it did have the “Tasmanian Tiger might not be extinct,” thing, Google doesn’t provide any pages which say anything about descendants and aren’t describing the movie. Somehow I find it far more likely that the person who came up with the concept of this movie really got it off the Sawney Bean legend, or something like The Hills Have Eyes or that episode of Torchwood where the town eats people. It just makes more sense to see something like that and think “Hey, I could combine that with Pearce so it would be all Australian,” rather than to think “I wonder what causes Tasmanian hikers to disappear. Maybe that guy Pieman has a tribe of descendants in a supersecret town in the bush and they live in harmony with the extinct Tasmanian Tiger for some reason. Ooh, movie idea!”
*3. Well, of course. Lets reason this out. Alex got some before they caught him, she got knocked up, the kid grew up to be a cannibal too, because he or she had cannibal genes. Then they found someone who tasted bad, liked ’em anyway, got married and started a family. Alex Jr. raised this family to believe that human tastes better than beef, but local law enforcement disagreed, so they ran off into the bush, found some “stock” to “breed” with in explorers and the like, because eating each other might have been cool, but incest wasn’t. Didn’t wanna be freaks or nothin’, see. So they continued to expand their little tribe, built a town out of random stuff they found in the bush [the average cannibal makes Robinson Crusoe look as useless as Paris Hilton but with more coconuts] started a church in the name of the guy who first gave ’em their cannibal gene, and evolved into what we have today. It was inevietable. Also, they have something to do with the actually not extinct Tasmanian Tigers, because they’re secret and the Tigers are a secret and so they sought each other out to be secret together and eat people as nature intended.

And seriously, what list of the two most fascinating Tasmanian icons doesn’t have the big famous haunted convict prison Port Arthur on it?

Trailer.

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