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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good and smart little horror movie inspired by infamous "Dingoes ate my baby" incident...
There is so many horror movies around, and so many of them are bad, that it is very hard to find something that is really worth watching. Well, this is one of the few that made the list.

The main appeal of this movie is its originality - just think, what can be more terrifying for a human being that being eaten alive? Well, it is being eaten alive by a form of...
Published on 7 Jun 2007 by Maciej

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Australian "when animal attack" film
Saw it about ten years ago as after rummaging through boxes of VHS movies at a local video store that was shutting down, didn't expect much but was pleasantly surprised by the good direction, decent enough script and acting by all. Also had great atmosphere and setting.
I definitely recommend this film for the midnight movie watching set.
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by C. LeGrow


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Australian "when animal attack" film, 29 Dec 2010
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C. LeGrow "Worgel" (St. John's, NL, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Razorback [DVD] (DVD)
Saw it about ten years ago as after rummaging through boxes of VHS movies at a local video store that was shutting down, didn't expect much but was pleasantly surprised by the good direction, decent enough script and acting by all. Also had great atmosphere and setting.
I definitely recommend this film for the midnight movie watching set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good and smart little horror movie inspired by infamous "Dingoes ate my baby" incident..., 7 Jun 2007
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Razorback [DVD] (DVD)
There is so many horror movies around, and so many of them are bad, that it is very hard to find something that is really worth watching. Well, this is one of the few that made the list.

The main appeal of this movie is its originality - just think, what can be more terrifying for a human being that being eaten alive? Well, it is being eaten alive by a form of life that we consider mostly harmless, but low and disgusting...

Another big asset is the whole visual aspect of the movie, really well polished by Russel Mulcahy. There is something really unusual and unsettling in the way this movie shows some banal things, like a sunset in the desert or some abandoned farm.

All in all it is a rare original and smart horror movie - if you are into this kind of things, go and get it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAZORBACK DVD, 18 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Razorback [DVD] (DVD)
An Australian version of Razorback from Umbrella entertainment is coming out september 21st. It is a special edition
The Aspect Ratio 2:35:1
Dolby 5.1
Deleted Scenes
Doco "Jaws on Trotters" which is 70 minutes long interviews with Director Russell Mulcahy, Producer Hal McElroy, Razorback designer Bob McCarron and cast members Judy Morris, Chris Haywood
Audio recollections from Gregory Harrison
Theatrical Trailer
Stills and poster gallery
The Umbrella will be much better. Its all regions but you need a PAL system
You can order it from HMV
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Jaws On Trotters", 31 May 2011
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Sussman "Sussman" (London CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Razorback [1984] [DVD] (DVD)
A Cult Classic from 1984, in essence it's like 'Jaws' based in the 'Outback' of Australia. For what I believe to be a good review, please look to 'Paul Ess review', which is a well-rounded review of the film. There are No CGI effects here in this movie. Well worth a look at, the price at just under 3 delivered its worth buying, at time of writing this review. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly distinctive horror classic that looks great on DVD, 16 Sep 2010
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This film has weathered amazingly, looking visually excellent on DVD despite the movie being released in 1984. When a crusading animal rights journalist goes to Australia to film a report on Kangaroo hunting, she winds up getting on the wrong side of the locals, and disappearing in an isolated backwater town in the Outback. Her husband flies in to find her, and it's not long before he's run across a trail of suspicious circumstances and teamed up with a bitter, 'razorback' hating hunter and his friend who have a bizarre theory about what happened to his wife.
With its tone set by a brutal mystery killing at the start, this is an Aussie horror-thriller with a very distinctive style. For starters, there's plenty of pig in it. The titular 'Razorback' is a massive, killer wild boar with a very nasty temper and a hunger for human flesh. Fast, heavy, brutally strong and hugely intimidating, it's a brilliant villain, and we get to see a lot of tantalising half-glimpses of it. Mulcahy is clever with his camera placement - always letting us catch just enough of a view to be impressed, but just quickly or obliquely enough to keep us wanting more. But he's also not daft. Knowing that this would just be a 'Jaws' knock off if it were just the pig, he throws in some appalling scumbag local brothers, the most distinctive being an outstandingly twisted and shock-haired lunatic played by David Argue. The film has a nasty edge in places, unafraid to go for bitter cruelty and reinforce the harshness of its characters against the desolate harshness of their outback middle-of-nowhere surroundings. Mulcahy's filming is beautiful as well, the film a lush and surprising collection of very striking images and colours in between the more ordinary scenes. The special effects have really stood the test of time as well. The creature looks terrific whether in close up or distance shot, and you really wouldn't want to get caught in those teeth.
The ending may be faintly gore-light for those wanting it to live up to the brutality of what's gone before, but it's highly tense, hugely atmospheric, and satisfying.
It's a standout horror. Don't be afraid to give it a try just because of its age. With its distinctive Aussie outback setting, the hairstyles, clothes and vehicles all seem timeless, and the landscapes look terrific.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good horror which could have been a classic, 31 Mar 2005
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Razorback [DVD] (DVD)
From its atmospheric start, establishing the loneliness, isolation, and vast beauty of the Australian Outback, director Russell Mulcahy grapples to make sense of the competing images and themes which recur in this potentially excellent horror movie. It's not a bad film, far from it, but you know it could have been so much better.
The wonderful Bill Kerr plays an Outback hunter, Jake Cullen, whose grandchild is carried off by a giant razorback ... a sort of angst-ridden wild boar with attitude and very bad breath. Partly inspired by the dingo and the disappearing baby case, Mulcahy never adequately resolves this aspect, leaving it as background. Instead, he introduces an American investigative journalist and animal rights campaigner, come to Australia to investigate the widespread slaughter of kangaroos for pet food. When she meets a grizzly, if rather coy end, her husband appears trying to track down his errant wife. The animal rights / eco-warrior themes and allusions, like the disappearing grandchild, now become pretty much redundant.
The husband, instead, enters a "Texas Chainsaw" canning factory and befriends, then alienates the crazies who run it. The film now becomes a chase, with hunted turning hunter, and a fresh love interest injected in the form of Arkie Whiteley. The plot gets just a little too cluttered, yet remains under-developed in places, so the tension and dynamic need to be jump-started from time to time.
Mulcahy (who had previously directed some exotic, not to mention surreal pop videos), gives us a hotch-potch of images while failing to adequately sustain plot or build character. He plays with the visual possibilities of the Outback - the vast skies and spaces, the intense colours, the lighting contrast of shadow and day and night, the variety of landscape ... at times almost lunar, at others reminiscent of the Western Front and trench warfare.
Inspired, in part, by the dingo case, Mulcahy pays lavish tribute to "Jaws" - you find yourself playing spot the influence at times. There are Mad Max style vehicles - ominous armoured confections with lots of spikes and sharp bits. There are macho crazies ... and images of humanity. And there are moments of surprising humour.
But Mulcahy never quite keeps control of the film. It really is excellent in places ... there is so much potential, not least in the roles of Bill Kerr and Arkie Whiteley ... but plot, characters, and themes needed to be handled more thoroughly. In the end, the monster is about as scary as a discarded wig.
This is well worth watching - indeed, you can watch it again and again and still enjoy it. But you are left feeling that this, potentially, was a first class film which somehow escaped - it has some very fine moments, but it's let down by naive plot development and indecisive direction.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Tusk 'til Dawn, 23 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Razorback [1984] [DVD] (DVD)
'Razorback', apart from 'Return of Captain Invincible' and maybe 'Performance', is likely the cultest film ever made. It's credentials are crackling: mad, bad killer pig, desert lunatics, animal rights protesters, camels, abattoirs, negligible special effects, arty direction, wallabies and a delicious ideal of senseless cruelty and insensitivity.
''Jaws' in the outback' just about sums it up, but with notable additions: it has two of the bestest, most grotesque villains ever portrayed on film. Benny and Dicko work at the extremely unpleasant Petpak Cannery, a big, clanking, kangaroo slaughterhouse, around which, much of 'Razorback's action occurs. They enjoy their work FAR too much, live in a cave underneath the plant and insist on 'mystery bags' for their nutritional essentials.
Into their environment bristles Carl Winters in a borrowed old banger, looking for his missing eco-journalist wife, Beth. Benny and Dicko know what happened to her but tell him porkies. He goes 'roo hunting with the rinds and is so enamoured with the proceedings, he vomits on their heads! Yet again, every-one's a critic.

After a WILD trippy walkabout, he begins to realise the ghastly truth - there's a giant pig making salami out of the locals. From there on it's a battle between the (happily vicious) titular giant gammon and the small band of good apples, loins girded and resolute; Carl, Jake Cullen, a local ham-hammerer who's grandson was smoked by the beast, and research scientist Sarah(played by lovely, died-MUCH-too-early, Arkie Whitely)- each with a very different point to prove.

Intellectually 'Razorback' doesn't exist and director Russell Mulcahy hogs the kudos for this; he deserves a medallion for relegating the ecology to a side issue, preferring to concentrate on cruel humour and breathtaking colourful cinematography. It's the correct combination. He's transformed an undistinguished script into a lean, stylish thriller, proving you CAN make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Acting is great, particularly David Argue as streaky Dicko - a squeal-voiced swine who gets off on his white, brothel-creeping trotters whenever there's trouble; and snorty Bill Kerr in the Cullen/Quint role; consumed with vengeance and obsessed with making the ultimate McRib.

You won't be boar-ed for a second with 'Razorback'. It's catalogue of hilarious atrocity will have you gasping one minute and chuckling the next. It's a blaise mixture of blood and gleeful vindictiveness (apart from an attack on Beth Winters just before she's killed, Benny and Dicko have no motive for their mischief - they simply delight in it. The running over of the injured Cullen's dog as she runs for help is particularly galling!).
'Gamulla' where the whole offal-sodden mess is set, is apparently aborigine for 'guts' - the locals know instinctively it's no truffle.
I'm surprised 'Razorback' wasn't chopped by the censors.

I've no doubt the rasher among Amazon reviewers will have herd about 'Razorback' and given it a roasting, but the proof of this spicy black pudding is in the long-term savouring. I was suspicious of films like this at one time, but I'm cured now.
It yells 'cult' from the rooftops. It's flash, loud, has great in-jokes and is reassuringly despondent about the state of the world.

And if any-ones thinking of turning vegetarian, it's a useful safe-guard. When you're driving past your local chipolata production unit, and you smell the fear and hear the screams of the terrified innocents awaiting their inevitable appointment with frenzied painful oblivion - you can think of 'Razorback' and I guarantee you won't feel so sympathetic.
Eat them before they eat you.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldy, 11 May 2004
This review is from: Razorback [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I have been searching for this film now for nearly 2 years. Initially thinking that is should be easy to come by. Boy was i wrong, and little did I know this classic is now a collectors item.
This film is over 20 years old now, yet considering the graphics, story line, and fundermental "Suspense factor" it puts multi million pound films to shame.
In essence its about an oversized Razor Boar in the Australian Outback that causes total Chaos. It starts back in time when a yound baby gets killed whilst it tears through a house. A vengeful grandad then goes on a mission to nail the Boar - But does not succeed and subsequently gets nailed himself.
After many deaths, carnage, explosions, and (I'm not walking in the park alone moments) and an exceptionally good story line, I will be suprised if any like minded film fanatic will be dissapointed. Great music throughout also.
P.s. Do not be put off by how old the film is, I have seen worse graphics in the last 6 months on new releases.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wheres the DVD!!!!!!, 12 July 2004
This review is from: Razorback [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I saw this film for the first time when I was about 8 but that doesn't matter and boy even though this film certainly shows when it was made (the 80's) it still manages to provide a kick ass hour and a half of entertainment with gloriuous photography and a great set of completly unknown actors.
Directed by Russel Mulachy (who went on to highlander 1 & 2, Ricochet and Ressurection)it's a simple story line. Old man loses baby to giant human eating hog seeks revenge at the same time simple minded american is looking for his wife who has gone missing in the wilderness and nturally is in for a shock when he finds the reason for her dissaperance. One of my fave parts of the movie has to be the two dim witted brothers DICKO and BENNY who add a nice bit of dark humour to the plot. It is probably in the top 5 films for being heavily underrated and being it was shot with a really wide picture owning the VHS just doesn't seem to give you the film to its full potential and it is high time that either Warner bros or any independant cult DVD retailer gets this sucker on to a nicely transferred Digital disc
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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