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Australian horror movies?

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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 15:40:05 GMT
I've been after The Last Wave for years - you're the first person I've ever come across who has even HEARD of it, never mind seen it. You recommend it then?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 15:43:03 GMT
Just re-watched Brain Dead last night - disgusting fun! The ear-eating scene still makes me want to puke, even all these years later. BTW, have you ever seen Jackson's zenith of weirdness 'Meet the Feebles'? It's a puppet film unlike any you've ever seen before!

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 01:56:30 GMT
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Had it for absolutely ages and I very rarely watch anything made after 1989, but recently watched "Storm Warning". I can't think of one Australian horror film that's ever disappointed me and this keeps that tradition. One of the best modern horror films I've seen for a long time.

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 18:30:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2012 18:33:44 GMT
My favourite is probably "Turkey Shoot", its like "The Most Dangerous Game" and "Ilsa She-Wolf of the SS" combined, and better than both of them, pure 80's exploitation gold!

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 07:40:52 GMT
Yeah, there's quite a lot of excellent Aussie horrors.
My fave is Wolf Creek. Jarrett just gave an unbelievable performance as Mick, the psycho bushman and the film has great tension and feel very real.
I remember Razorback from my youth, too. Don't know if it will stand up as well now, though. Maybe.
Anybody seen Snowtown? Good heavens, not THAT is a horror movie. Even hardened horror buffs will blanch at that one. Sometimes, a film can be TOO realistic. Very disturbing.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 11:56:01 GMT
Gary Bowman says:
Very short but many in the series.....neighbours

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 14:31:29 GMT
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Posted on 9 Mar 2012 20:49:22 GMT
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I don't get any of this lavish praise plastered over 'Wolf Creek' (the film that creeked, and had no wolves in it, nor dingos sadly), it doesn't even register as a horror,more an uninteresting thriller with loads of cliches thrown in. The murderer himself was a noneity, completely unmemorable, an embarrassing outback hit. Says it all when the actor playing him turned up in that director's second feature 'Rogue' and I didn't even recognise him!'. Than again, did he even exist? The only student at the end was then 'ambiguously released' to pretend otherwise, what a load of stupid tosh, and but who really cares? And what was all the guff with dogs in cages? Next time I go for an Aussie horror based on 'true events' I'll watch 'Open Water' again or sit through a Kylie Minogue DVD (ears closed shut of course).

'Cut' remains the best Aussie slasher, but if 'Storm Warning' is Australian than I hear that's pretty good for what it is.
'Razorback' remains the best killer pig film, desite its amateurish style but so far both French and US attempts to match it have failed.
'Long Weekend' (2008 remake) is competent fun, with a better, more apt execution reagrding the end with the lorry, but while it was fun enough, it echoed the original too much from scene to scene, yet held little of the air of deep despair and uncertainty that that 1978 shocker had. I have yet to see 'Turkey Shoot' but almost everyone else seems to have done so!
'Primal' is an jawsome Aussie horror aswell, where cannibalism meets Aboriginie curses.
'Rogue' itself and the latest shark horror 'The Reef'. Shame the US 'The Cove' wasn't about killer dolphins instead of killing them!

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 21:02:13 GMT
Corky says:
I don't like crude cruelty and sadism. I am more for your psychological horror films. That said "The Cars That Ate Paris" was the Australian horror film that made the most impact on me because when it was made, decades ago, it was a bit different to anything that was around at the time and really disturbing.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 09:11:52 GMT
YES! At last, someone that feels the same way as I do about that pile of rubbish! Wolf Creek was just dreadful.

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 12:49:00 GMT
Exactly what made Wolf Creek so dreadful? It had great acting by everybody, especially the baddie with his evil stare and hideous chortling laugh and the young actors all acted very believably. The directing was good, it was suspenseful and yes, it was disturbing and a bit mean-spirited but, my goodness, it is a horror movie after all. Horror movies are supposed to disturb and frighten. And yes, it was based on Ivan Milat, the serial killer, but not directly so it is not really exploitative. It's just a good shocker of a horror movie for horror buffs. If you don't like such things, don't watch them. Nobody was hurt making it, in fact if you listen to the commentary track, it is clear that everybody really enjoyed making the movie. Not every movie has to be Singing' in the Rain (brilliant though it was.)

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 13:05:31 GMT
Because the plot holes were HUGE - would you just stand by, surrounded by car parts and tools, ll of which can be used as weapons - and watch you best friend being abused? And then, when you *finally* got around to saving her, give the bad guy a little bump to the head and run away, so he can follow you? Try tying him up and calling the police maybe? Or just kill the motherfunster! Bloody AWFUL film!

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 13:44:49 GMT
Yes, that's a fair point concerning Wolf Creek. The characters did act quite dumb at times, but on the other hand in extreme situations like that, I think very few people will be able to hold it together and think logically.
I think my first instinct would also be to just get away from the killer, instead of tying him up. People do stupid things under pressure. But, it's a valid point. Also, the opening sentence declaring the movie as based on facts is pure nonsense. Nobody could have known what happened to the girls, as the guy was nailed up all the time and didn't see what transpired. The movie does have some serious holes, to be sure but I still think it was a good horror movie, better than most dreck out there.

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 14:59:11 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
These people have one track minds and have been slating the film for over a year.
My advice would be for them to forget it now and move on, and leave the film to people who appreciate it.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 15:08:03 GMT
"Agree with me or get lost" is that your advice then?

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 17:17:25 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
Please promise not to watch the sequel, or you'll be wittering on about it and boring us all stupid for another aeon.

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 18:51:14 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 08:57:27 GMT
I really don't think there's any need for THAT attitude!

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 17:47:21 GMT
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Posted on 13 Mar 2012 20:51:22 GMT
Corky says:
Calm down dears. It is only a movie...

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 20:57:06 GMT
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Don't worry about it, there seems to be a rule written on these sites than no one can insult an overrated, over-acclaimed blast of pure trash and have it register as a valid opinion, nevermind not be taken to asbo-town over it, trust me, been there, especially with other over-acclaimed horrors and shockless, derivative drama trash like 'Magnolia' and 'Happiness'. 'Wolf Creek' does suck all the reviews said it wouldn't, and it still annoys cos most act like it's a slasher that was made before! Not much! But the new problem is now stuff like 'Eden Lake' which is probably even worse. And what's with the stolen from 'Halloween' scene of the murderer-in-the-back-of-the-car routine in 'Wolf Creek'? Like we didn't know THAT was going to happen? And it just happened to be the only car she tried in a parking lot of five million- he must have more cars in that yard than throughout the rest of Australia-even on motorways at rush hour. How can any fan of 'Halloween' be happy with this? Worse, there's now a sequel, but it did nothing so we can ignore it. I feel a 'Eden Lake' part 2 coming on. Perhaps the moral is: Avoid anything tagged horror with a natural/man-made water feature in the title! Makes you wonder what's next: 'Sapphire Stream', 'Pearlygates Beverages', 'Plastered Pub', 'Asbo-brat River,', 'Mountain Fountain', 'Carve-Up Cove'? All doing the exact same thing, the most banal murderers doing the most banal murders, all based on "true events" of course, otherwise how could it be worthy of such absurd praise and ridiculous acclaim, and a volley of bolts hurled at anyone who dares to dig this 'new' horror craze as lousy as anything we've experienced over the past twelve or more years. Save us from such tiresome witterings and non-enticing, idea-free bore-gore fashions.

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 14:57:07 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
I do feel that you and Mrs Molloy have a valid point, but do you have to keep re-iterating it?
I think we know your attitude to this film by now. We've been having this conversation since Wolf Creek came out.
Can't we move on?

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 20:17:28 GMT
any one seen Number 96? the horror is out there, just be warned!
although Bad Taste & Braindead are Kiwi flicks nice to know that other people rate them.
oh yeah. anything with Kylie &/OR BLOODY JASON in `em.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 01:57:00 GMT
Well Kylie was great in the cool Aussie slasher 'Cut'-after several witty lines delivered with far more pizzazz and barbs then she's ever given us on record since starting a singing career, she swiftly has her tongue CUT out of her head! I don't imagine, after that, she'll do another horror, too busy commiting them to audio CD and concerts. As for Jason, can't stand him, the worst pyscho killer there never was, mind you, I've yet to see him go Aussie, but he's gone all through the US and was last seen in deep space in 2002, so with ample time to return to us, I'm reckoning 'Jason Goes Down Under' must be only about a kangaroo's leap away, though the title would suit a porno better. Maybe someone like Larry Clark could shoot it and combine the two and carry on his flavourless additions to cinema, if he's not passed on.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 02:47:45 GMT
Corky says:
No 96 was not a movie but made for Australian television as a series in the 1970s when there were still a lot of taboos to be broken, and it crashed through all the taboos, rape, gay sex, straight sex, real kinky people behind the net curtains in a block of flats. But No 96 could not be called horror.
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