3rd Night

3rd Night (2017)

3rd Night first published by SciFiNow 3rd Night opens with a confusion of images: a little girl plays with a skipping rope and doll; and an adult woman, her hands bound, runs terrified through moonlit trees, before her unseen pursuer brains her with a sledge hammer. This blurring of primal scene and subsequent murder, all…

Creek

Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek first published by EyeforFilm For his debut feature, Australian writer/director Greg McLean follows a tried-and-tested horror formula – young people out on a drive become stranded in the middle of nowhere – and then takes it way off the beaten track. While it is the unflinching viciousness of the shocks in the second…

Killing

Killing Ground (2016)

Killing Ground first published by SciFiNow “Salvation, 11 letters? Second letter, e”, asks Sam (Harriet Dyer), doing the crossword in the car as her boyfriend Ian (Ian Meadows) drives through the Australian bush. They are en route to spend New Year’s Eve at Gungilee Falls Creek, a secluded, idyllic spot where Ian had camped as a…

Acres

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

100 Bloody Acres first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “You know what they say,” observes British backpacker (and keen drug taker) Wes (Jamie Kristian), “You can take the country out of the country girl, but you can’t take the country boy out of the country girl’s c…” – the last word tactfully drowned out by the sound…

Road Train (2010)

Review first published by EyeforFilm “It’s just somewhere where the three of us have been going for years,” explains cocksure Craig (Bob Morley) to his new girlfriend Nina (Sophie Lowe). He is out camping with his best friend Marcus (Xavier Samuel) and Marcus’ long-time girlfriend Liz (Georgina Haig) in the South Australian outback “in the…

Wake in Fright (1971)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz) directs this paranoid tale of a teacher’s lofty ideas brought low in the Australian outback. Review: In the opening aerial shot of Ted Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright (aka Outback), the thin line between civilisation and bestiality, education and addiction, discipline and excess,…