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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.
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A bit underwhelming, to be honest, but did anybody really expect me to dislike a movie about a giant, homicidal pig that can tear through the walls of people's homes? Let's be real here.
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.
"That's an odd name. I'd have called 'em chazzwazzers!"
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.
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.
watched with a constant grimace conjured up via several avenues; the jaundiced australian bar atmosphere fully of shady characters, innocents being slaughtered by an almost unseen razorback, and the sense of violent foreboding throughout. most jarring is the fact that this is all served up with some really unexpectedly beautiful cinematography, so whilst the film might be full of unspeakable horror, at least it looks good.
It's Jaws, but with a giant wild boar in the middle of the Australian outback. Visually stunning, also.
This cult Ozploitation film gets points for trying, as it fares better than most of its contemporaries. It favours frenzied chaos over slow-burning suspense, and this pacing hindered my involvement in the action. It hasn't aged well and I didn't find the beastly boar particularly scary, but the film surprised me with how terrific it looks.
A feral pig's got my baby! The energy owes a lot to Mulchaey's music video background, and is supported by delicious cinematography and of course a great score. You want to laugh at this as a schlock horror film, but its good enough to be really scary.
Moves like a beautiful dream that keeps getting interrupted by moments of visceral horror. Mulcahy has other good movies, but none uses his decorative talents in such a substantive way. It remains one of the key horror films of the 80s.
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Looks like a cross between Road Warrior and Near Dark, all desolate but shot in a dreamy way. The music is beautiful synth-y stuff. The razorback looks pretty damn good considering it's a low budget film and you don't really get to see the whole animal at any point. Kind of a weird movie though. It's supposed to be a giant, killer pig film but a lot of it seems to be a message about over hunting and a Canadian looking for his missing wife. You almost forget about the pig. Of course, I could just watch this and be happy with a whole movie of the Canadian wandering around, lost in the Outback.
Bonus points for Duran Duran's "New Moon On Monday".
My new favorite Jaws rip-off. Beautifully shot at times, but also super rough, just like Oz-sploitation should be.
I've unintentionally ventured into a few Ozploitation films this year - Mad Dog Morgan, Wake In Fright, The Last Wave, Walkabout - and whilst all have been brilliant in their own way, this film, although rated reasonably low, felt most accurate to my original idea of what the genre was. It had its moments with some surprisingly impressive shots, spot on Australian colloquialisms, and a bad arse looking Razorback, but unfortunately I couldn't get into it as much as I would have liked.
Not a bad effort from Mulchay. Some eerie outback scenery mixed with music video style, leads to ham infused fun in a wasteland of quirky characters. Still holds up well.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…