In bed over the weekend with a bad back, I took the opportunity to catch up on a couple of movies Made in Cape Town.
The first – Wes Craven’s The Breed - was shot on Steenbras Dam, a beautiful stretch of water just over Sir Lowry’s Pass on the way out of town from Somerset West - where it was playing stand-in for an unnamed island somewhere off the coast of North America.
Now I wasn’t expecting much from this film, and I wasn’t therefore disappointed. Five sketchily drawn friends (the good jock, the bad jock, the sporty girl, the ditzy blonde and the token black guy) de-camp to an isolated island off the coast, where they fall prey to a pack of super-intelligent killer sheepdogs. (I kid you not.) It’s hardly great or ground-breaking film making, and it’s really, really hard to be scared by Belgian Shepherds.
Yet, in spite of the weak and sometimes inexplicable storyline, I thought Steenbras performed rather well. And SA actors Nick Boraine and Lisa Marie Schneider get their asses whumped early in the story line, which is always fun…..