All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement!
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…
A horrifying tale of a journey into darkness, told under the blazing sun of the Australian outback. Gary Bond is brilliant, Donald Pleasance is brilliantly weird and dangerous, and it has some powerful images that I won't forget in a hurry.
Good lord. Like a sticky trap for humanity, the muggiest film I've ever seen.
I was actually expecting a more OTT, Ozploitation film but this is a very impressive and terribly realistic depiction of the loss of humanity. Suitably slow-burning yet catching your attention from the start, it proves yet again how fascinating and underrated Australian cinema is, and its atmospheric and evocative depiction of isolation
Superb eye-catching Aussie horror film about the tyranny of blokish conformity.
Well spoken pommy schoolteacher, John Grant (Gary Bond channeling Peter O'Toole), stuck out in the sun-blasted Australian outback, has time to kill in an isolated mining town before he's to catch a flight outta there back to his wife, waiting for him in the Bondi beach surf.
In the local watering hole he strikes up an uneasy friendship with the local cop ('50s Aussie icon, Chips Rafferty, conveying small town friendliness edged with certain menace beautifully), and gradually becomes seduced and then corrupted by the roughneck ocker lifestyle of gambling, rowdy banter, pack animal mentality, and the endless, endless tinnies of beer.
Gary Bond and Chips Rafferty are both…
Para nosotros, los dominicanos, orgullosos de nuestra bebida Presidente [creo que lo mejor que se ha hecho en este país luego de la Independencia y la Restauración], sufrimos, felizmente, los efectos de ella en el momento, como la tontera, la pérdida del pudor y el miedo, la desenvoltura peligrosa de la lengua y cierto grado de delirio agraciado, como también los secundarios; la resaca, el dolor de cabeza, la quemadura omnipresente en la garganta, los vómitos, la falta de apetito y el deseo de seguir tomando para eliminar la zozobra. Por otro lado, ya en materia fílmica que nos conviene, en The World's End [Edgar Wright, 2013] sí nos presentó que pasarse un poco de tragos de cervezas puede representar…
One of the most striking, uncomfortable and fascinating films about Australia ever made. Brilliantly shows what happens when a seemingly normal, civilized man strays off the beaten path and is allowed to let his id wander through the barren empty wilderness. Gary Bond is a very strong lead, bringing a Peter O'Toole-like quality to his turn as a man grappling with and losing his identity, but Donald Pleasance is the real star, thanks to his by turns immensely funny and deeply disturbing supporting turn. Combine all that with blinding, dusty cinematography and you have a great waking nightmare of a movie.
To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement!
As the film goes on we don't see the transformation of John Grant, we see an unchanging Grant put in a new scenario to bizarre results. Worth a close viewing, and another.
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