Film #113 of the December Challenge 2
''If you go out in the woods today, you better be in disguise''
Damn nature, you scary!
Awesome and underrated Aussie gem. Very effective with plenty of shocks and thrills. It's eco-friendly message doesn't hit you over the head and get in the way of the horror. The animal scares haven't really detoriated with age and still work really well.
Definitely worth seeking out, an awesome watch. 'Long Weekend' is an incredibly effective suspense builder and great Aussie thriller.
Long Weekend might just be the best Ozploitation film ever. It's certainly the best I've seen thus far. Which makes it all the more frustrating and unjust that this splendid ecological chiller seems largely forgotten.
In Not Quite Hollywood, the excellent documentary film on Australian cinema, it's suggested that Long Weekend, with it's message of nature being extremely dangerous, didn't do very good business in its native land; because it was a message Australians were all too aware of. It…
This, in my mind, is the pinnacle of the ozploitation kick I've been on lately. The movie stands right up there with "Wake in Fright" as a classic and unique take on Australian horror. It's a masterpiece in writing, and the performance by John Hargreaves is fantastic as well.
It's a fairly simple plot, but it's genius in its execution. A married couple who are constantly at each others' throats are going camping over a long weekend. Along the way…
Long Weekend is my second slice of Ozploitation for this June marathon and while it is very different in terms of tone and quality from Dark Age, it does share a couple of the same ecological themes.
Whilst in Dark Age the message is rather hammered home through the presence of a giant crocodile and some sagely Aboriginal guides, Long Weekend is rather more subtle and even oblique with its…
(Film 28 of Toby's Attempt At The December Project)
Scenario 1: a group of college students set out for a weekend camping when one of them's taken by a pair of hillbillys. They then decide to get their friend back from the psycho killers who are hunting them down one by one.
Scenario 2: A pair of hillbilly buddies go up to a cabin by a lake to fix it up into their vacation house. While they're fishing at night,…
“Oh hidy ho officer, we've had a doozy of a day. There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.”
-Tucker (Alan Tudyk)
I don’t think anyone went into this expecting anything good, myself included. The premise didn’t seem to hold any weight, and the cast relatively unheard of beyond television roles. What a sleeper hit it turned out to be.
Even from the opening you know…
I watched this as part of Sean's Movie Club
Holy S-H-I-T, this was funny! I really hate normal horror movies, but I'm on board with horror comedies like this. I loved the reversal of the typical horror movie cliché roles, but what I loved even more was the characterization of Tucker and Dale. They were real characters instead of just stereotypes! And they were really sweet and likable! The violence and gore was more comical than scary for me (because…
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is consistently amusing and surprisingly warm hearted horror comedy film that will no doubt find a growing cult following. The film does a good job of subverting the Hillbilly slasher sub-genre by both lovingly referencing them and poking fun at its more absurd elements. Although no doubt billed as a horror comedy this is very much a comedy and for the most part the film hits its mark. The escalation of the bloody slapstick is…
I'm against evil, so going in I kinda felt like I might end up on Tucker and Dale's side. Then it turned out that every aspect of this movie is ridiculous and awesome.
First you have Alan Tudyk, or as I call him, The Bitch-Maker because he makes everything he does his bitch. The scene with the chainsaw alone was priceless. The wood chipper had me crying.
I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard during a movie.
What a pleasant surprise. An enjoyable, smart comedy that spoofs the horror movie trope of the crazy redneck killers hunting college co-eds. As far as horror comedy goes, it's less scary than Shaun of the Dead (or Hot Fuzz for that matter), but close to the same level of fun.
I do have some mixed feelings, however. On the one hand, I fully agree with Mr. DuLac - "it would still be hilarious even if it were just called Tucker…