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
holy hell. the best word for this movie is 'menacing'. not horror, no.
Possibly the best movie on Shudder. Yes, animals get killed. No, it's not really horror per se. But this film will take up permanent residence in your psyche.
Read great things about this little gem and it didn't disappoint. A terrifying foray into male restlessness = and coupled with alcoholism - existential depravity and destruction. Donald Pleasence's character does some foreshadowing early with the line "Discontent is a luxury of the well-to-do".
If you don't understand why this film is included in the Shudder library you should pack it up, and visit Australia.
This movie might give you a hangover.