The infamous Ozploitation flick BODY MELT is a gory satire of the fitness industry as just another modern horrorshow.
Damien Power’s debut feature film is a searing survival thriller set in Australia, akin to Deliverance, Southern Comfort, and Eden Lake.
Based on a real life family of robbers in Australia, this film dives deep into crime and the paranoia associated with a family where even the bonds of blood can’t guarantee safety.
Wolf Creek 2. 2014. Directed by Greg McLean. Screenplay by McLean & Aaron Sterns. Starring John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus, Shane Connor, & Ben Gerrard. Duo Art Productions/Emu Creek Pictures. Unrated. 106 minutes. Action/Horror/Thriller ★★★★ The first Wolf Creek came as a surprise to me being both fully fictional, as well as atContinue reading “Wolf Creek 2: More Mick, More Savagery”
Wolf Creek 2005. Directed & Written by Greg McLean. Starring John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips, Gordon Poole, Guy O’Donnell, Phil Stevenson, Geoff Revell, Andy McPhee, Aaron Sterns, & Michael Moody. The Australian Film Finance Corporation & The South Australian Film Corporation/403 Productions. Rated R. 99 minutes. Horror ★★★★ This movie is firmlyContinue reading “Wolf Creek’s Roots and Serial Killer Aesthetic”
Snowtown. 2011. Directed by Justin Kurzel. Screenplay by Shaun Grant. Based on books by Debi Marshall & Andrew McGarry. Starring Lucas Pittaway, Bob Adriaens, Louise Harris, Frank Cwiertniak, Matthew Howard, Marcus Howard, Anthony Groves, Richard Green, Aaron Viergever, & Daniel Henshall. The South Australian Film Corporation/Carver Films/Screen Australia/Warp Films Australia. Rated R. 119 minutes. Crime/DramaContinue reading “Snowtown: The Chilling Seduction of the Disadvantaged”
Chopper. 2000. Directed & Written by Andrew Dominik; based on the books of Mark Brandon Read. Starring Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Dan Wyllie, Bill Young, Vince Colosimo, Kenny Graham, Kate Beahan, Serge Liistro, Pam Western, Gary Waddell, Brian Mannix, Skye Wansey, Annalise Emtsis, & Johnnie Targhan. Australian Film Finance Corporation/Mushroom Pictures/Pariah Entertainment Group.Continue reading “Chopper: A Storytelling Liar”
The Loved Ones. 2009. Directed & Written by Sean Byrne. Starring Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, John Brumpton, Andrew S. Gilbert, Suzi Dougherty, Victoria Eagger, Anne Scott-Pendlebury, Fred Whitlock, & Leo Taylor. Screen Australia/Omnilab Media/Ambience Entertainment/Film Victoria. Rated R. 84 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 The number of films where women areContinue reading “A Lonely Girl Takes Sweet Revenge in The Loved Ones”
These Final Hours. 2014. Directed & Written by Zak Hilditch. Starring Nathan Phillips, Jessica De Gouw, Daniel Henshall, Kathryn Beck, Angourie Rice, and David Field. 8th In Line/XYZ Films. Rated 18A. 87 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★ Always a fan of Australian films, whether bigger budget or the opposite, it surprisingly took me a while to comeContinue reading “Acceptance or Redemption in These Final Hours”
A man tracks down the one who brutally hurt his daughter.