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It's waiting outside and it can sense your fear. No nightmare will prepare you for it!
In the Australian outback a vicious wild boar kills and causes havoc to a small community.
Never so rapidly have I waffled between loving a movie and hating a movie from scene to scene. The story is a mess, a protagonist isn't really established until half way through and the worst characters get most of the screen time. The monster is amazing and the cinematography is brilliant. The effects deliver some unexpected jaw dropping moments, the whole end sequence is inspired. Despite feeling ugly or unsatisfied throughout most of the viewing, the good somehow outweighed the bad. I won't soon forget it.
Very strange flick. Like a relentless high fever nightmare that goes on and on without much rhyme or reason but the onslaught of wild dingy energy and manic wide angle spontaneity is redeeming. As far as giant killer pig movies go, they deliver on the pig, though it be only in glimpses, it's quite effective. My fondness for killer animal movies appears to have no ceiling.
Some of the imagery and languid motion blew my mind like a kind of hallucinogenic trip. I was surprised to find Razorback more than just a monster movie, or "Jaws with trotters and tusks". The hazily hypnotic use of light and shadows on the landscapes and the way the plot performs a great switcher'oo after the first reel really make this a cut above.
Russell Mullcahy has made a shit-ton of mediocre movies over the years. It's just a shame that one of his first actually happened to be rather promising.
An entertaining curiosity in genre cinema.
"That's an odd name. I'd have called 'em chazzwazzers!"
I found this on a list called "30 Forgotten Horror Films You Should Revisit", and because I've spent my entire life being amused by wild boars, I had to take a look.
I will never, ever get those 95 minutes of my life back, and I feel like tracking down the author of that list and caging them up, torturing them, and repeatedly ask them to give a decent explanation as to why they would include this movie on such a list.
There is nothing remotely scary about this mid-80's Australian horror flick, and I know they had a minimal budget but the least they could have done was given the audience a legitimate glimpse at the beast from time to time. It's filled with piss-poor acting, piss-poor dialogue, and piss-poor kills.
I guess what I'm trying to get at is: Razorback is piss-poor. The one star is for the laughs it did managed to generate.
Not many will agree, but I am convinced that this is one of Australia's most interesting and best films. What initially sticks out is the attention-grabbing, almost over-stylized but ultimately gorgeous cinematography. Often shot from low angles, and incorporating everything the Outback has to offer, director Mulcahy turns this simple creature flick into a feverish nightmare. Unforgiving landscapes, unpleasant inhabitants, and creatures of the night plague the murrikan protagonist – at times it feels like a caricature of Australia, but the film thankfully avoids being overly silly through a surprisingly engaging story of a man's search for answers. The titular beast's appearance is skillfully balanced, showing it enough to give a clear idea but also not too much, letting it…
Montaggio e mostro sono grezzissimi, ma #Razorback ci crede fino in fondo. Assai meno banale della solita lotta fra uomo e natura incazzata.
This movie has the best opening/intro to any movie ever. Ever.
Visually stunning but somewhat underwhelming creature feature that could have been so much better with a few simple directorial changes.
A killer boar. Excellent concept, not so excellent execution.
I've always felt a bit guilty for not liking Razorback as much as everyone else here in Australia seems to — so much so that I get the urge to return to it every few years to see if my opinion's changed. This is my third or fourth viewing, and I still don't really like it all that much. There is admittedly a lot to enjoy in Razorback. I love the cinematography. The locations and sets are incredible. Some of the humour works (the guy having the back of his house/shack torn off by the razorback is pretty funny). David Argue is appropriately repulsive. And, of course, the concept of a gigantic razorback raising hell is fantastic.
But there's something…
Australia is a nightmare land full of nightmare monsters inhabited by nightmare people and I never want it to stop.
This movie is fucking dumb, just not in the way I had hoped.
You can feel Mulcahy practising some of what would end up in Highlander. The two films definitely share much DNA (and possibly the same smoke machine!). It's a pretty basic creature feature, with not really enough time given to the 'beast'. Harmless fun though.
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