Can you imagine this showing up on prime time television in 1972? Apparently neither could Australian Broadcasting Commission. Shot as a pilot for telly, Night of Fear was rejected, then quickly banned before getting a brief theatrical release.
And then came obscurity.
And now, it’s considered the forefather of Ozploitation.
In Night of Fear sex is ruthlessly suggestive, using still nudes cut together to impress much more lurid than what is really shown. It’s still pretty gruesome and racy for the boob tube.
Director Terry Bourke’s inventive style plays like a student film but though much more well-produced. It includes modernist editing styles, juxtaposing images for effect. And it is effective.
On top of all that the film runs dialogue-free.
It’s 54 minute run time and the title sequence’s repetition of images from pieces of the film confirm that this was meant for broadcast.