AUSTRALIAN HORROR FILM
written & directed by Greg Mclean.
This came up over a beer with a friend as a good horror flick.
I'd for one have to agree with him on that analysis.
Is this a cult film though?
How do horror fans see this film? I have a soft spot for it, it's got something, but I've read a number of negative and positive reviews - a mixed response. The negatives seem to be saying that it's got nothing new to say, esp around plot/genre type. It falls into a run of similar films.
I tend to see it as all atmosphere, existential, evil as average in form, and it defies the romantic plot line. There's the whole feral tourism thing going on too, the antag sees the backpackers as vermin, to be hunted, toyed with, raped, murdered ...
John Jarratt plays the stand-out bogeyman in this flick, his laugh and casual attitude to slaughter is the compelling aspect, it doesn't seem to him that's he's doing anything wrong. He's a hunter, an example of 'too much time spent alone in the wild' and he's been doing this for a long time, the film provides a write up of how many people disappear in the outback, or willds of Australia, per year. It's a lot.
I think they're suggesting that they can't all be alien abductions!