Wake in Fright
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
When Australian teacher John Grant stops off in the rural town of Yabba, he quickly gets pulled into the dark world of strange, ultra-macho townies who spend their days binge drinking, gambling and hunting kangaroos. For the timid Grant, this starts out as a thrilling release of his id. But after he loses his shirt gambling, Grant struggles to escape the bad luck – or perhaps a conspiracy – that keeps preventing him from leaving Yabba. Long unavailable on home video, Ted Kotcheff’s superb thriller is a deeply unsettling study of the horror of the unchecked male psyche. NOTE: Wake in Fright is presented in its entirety, featuring animal hunting scenes, which viewers may find offensive. Discretion is advised.
A man on vacation stops off in a rural town filled with strange characters and becomes unable to leave.
Cast: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence
Good, lazy, Sunday afternoon style flick. Would make a great double feature with Oliver Stone's UTurn! Give it a go!
A harrowing, suffocating descent into Hell Aussie style. People who love Arthouse Horror films like REPULSION and MS. .45 should check out this buried treasure, lovingly exhumed. A keeper.
It was a horrible trip into the worst of toxic masculinity and horrendous heat, plus brutal slaughter of animals. I felt hot and suffocated the whole time. I loved it.
I like the movies that come from Australia ("Dead End Drive-In" and "Mad Max" being personal favorites) but I had to give this one only 3 skulls. Donald Pleasence is GREAT as always and I found myself focusing more on him. The lead guy's holiday is certainly horrifying and the outside drunken brawl towards the end is pretty amusing actually. The only part real upsetting part was the kangaroos.. yes, I read why it was part of the movie but that still doesn't make me not want to gather a gang of kangaroos and set out hunting for idiot drunken hicks! grrrr! lol
I like Australian movies (Dead End Drive-In being my very favorite) and this one was truly one man's horrifying holiday. I give it 3 skulls only because of the great acting presence of Donald Pleasence and when all the idiots were drunk and fighting was very amusing. However, the kangaroo scenes were too upsetting.. Yes I read why they were in there.. but it still doesn't make me not want to gather a gang of kangaroos and go hunting for idiot drunken hicks! grrrrr lol