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Wake in Fright
Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here.
Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney, but as one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction.
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Sweltering and oppressive, Wake in Fright is a man's disconcerting descent into his own personal hell.
Kotcheff's film first slowly peels only to end up clawing at its protagonist's humanity, exposing an animalistic nerve that is both confronting and harrowing. Acted superbly across the board and shot with a colour palette that only adds to the scorching desert heat, Wake in Fright captures life in the Australian outback in, what I can only assume, a painfully realistic way.
This film is astonishing. It takes the simplest of premises, a man stuck in a place trying to get away, and turns it into an inevitable, slow, spiralling plunge into the…
May you dream of the Devil and wake in fright. - AN OLD CURSE
Part 1 of the 30 Countries project.
For the purposes of this project this movie is classed as at least partially being of Australian origin as per its listing on imdb.
“In the remote towns of the west there are few of the amenities of civilization; there is no sewerage, there are no hospitals, rarely a doctor; the food is dreary and flavourless from long carrying, the water is bad; electricity is for the few who can afford their own plant, roads are mostly non-existent; there are no theatres, no picture shows and few dance halls; and the people are saved from stark insanity by the…
Hopefully being rescued from near extinction doesn't overshadow the fact that Wake in Fright is a truly fine, frightening, and fascinating film. Though it does add a sense of relief while watching that something of this caliber was almost lost forever, it's only an occasional and momentary sensation as the film itself stands on its own merits. Like Walkabout, Wake in Fright is a study on the isolation of the quintessential loneliness of the Outback, and hints at a malignancy in the land itself. Whether this danger is symbiotic to the men who live here or constructed and fueled by them makes no difference, as its touch is omnipresent. Perhaps director Ted Kotchoff suggests some infernal perpetual motion machine -…
An Outback exploration of just how far we are and how much it takes to get us over the line between regular dignified folk and the alternative. Ted Kotcheff's gem baths you in the weird, covers you in grime, bastes you in Donald Pleasance man-stink then rains testosterone and kangaroos on you. It also involves a ton of beer. When it's over, you will either be contemplating what circumstances would cause YOU to crossover, or you will just feel dirty and violated. I love that Kotcheff gave this, First Blood AND Weekend at Bernie's to me. He is like my favorite uncle.
Come have a drink with me, mate.
Renowned for having been believed lost for decades, this recently rediscovered piece of Australia is among the most terrifying films I've ever seen, and it achieves that without a drip of blood or jump scares. In fact, it isn't even a proper horror film, but throughout the entire thing I felt uneasy and as it went on clenched my fist harder and harder. Wake in Fright is the essence of tension and suspense, a film that is relentless and creeps up on you quietly. It's frightening because it's real, its protagonist undergoes a seamless transition from normal if a little troubled psychologically, to utterly insane and broken, all within a few days and…
007's brother as a school teacher on holiday in the town of Yo Gabba Gabba. Being a slave to the system. A jolly-ole bloke cop. An Outback Steakhouse. An intense game of Heads or Tails. Losing everything but your ass. Sneaking out to make out. Dr. Loomis doing random crazy shit. A fast fox. A cool dog. Fun with Dick and Joe. Kangaroo cruelty. Little orphaned joeys. A Brokeback night with the good doctor. An expert marksman missing the right shot. Free drinks will get you in trouble. Getting the hell out of Dodge. A fucked-up trippy journey of self-rediscovery.
" I woke in fright" after I was put into a sick and bizarre like trance, this film was intense. It was like an alcoholic straw dogs, and is enough to put any tourist off Australia. It was amazingly filmed and really wild and psychedelic at times, giving you a true sense of the rural outback in the 70s. It depicts the isolation attached to that, and how everybody is just trying to feel or experience something. Unfortunately, all though important to the mood and plot of this film, there were some really disgusting animal cruelty scenes. Apparently these scenes on set got so out of control, the crew had to stage a blackout to stop the cast. But overall a great lost film which is a true reminder of the limits you can stretch horror to.
I will have to think wisely about the rating - what do you think?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Men are such IDIOTS
I was unfortunately wasted when my friend put this on, but it was absolutely gorgeous and enthralling and intense and I can't wait to watch it sober. All those beautiful colors and shots, the main character's vague likeness to Peter O'Toole, and the bizarreness of the plot had me completely hooked.
a mumbo-jumbo of the chaos of the id, ego, and super-ego.
It all started with a drink.
John Grant (Gary Bond) is a disgruntled school teacher on holiday. He wanders into a crowded bar in the middle of a small Outback town one night and stands off to the side of the room. A police officer spots him and offers to get a pair of beers for the two of them. John agrees. The drinks go down, the conversation bumbles along and the lawman offers another pair of pints. The drinks go down. We learn a little more about the town. John is polite enough, but he snickers privately over the locals' behavior. He fancies himself as being different from these rowdy folks. He's from the big city and that's where…
Not quite a horror movie, not quite an all engrossing drama, but definitely, definitely a delightful mixture.
Plus, you know, Australia.
(I never thought I'd find a sweaty and drunk Donald Pleasence so attractive *blushes)
Wake in Fright is about a school teacher who has some time off for Christmas break, and spends it, somewhat reluctantly, in an Australian town called Bundanyabba ("The Yabba").
He had intended to go to Sydney, but after a bit too much drinking and gambling on heads-or-tails in the Yabba, he has no way to carry on and resorts to the hospitality of the locals. This leads to a slow descent that circles back to an earlier punch line about the only ways to get out of Yabba.
To an American audience, the best way to describe this journey would be to take someone who grew up in the city, have them teaching in a quiet, somewhat back-woods country town,…
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