Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright

Directed by Ted Kotcheff

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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

Member Reviews

great film

GeoFabricator81
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1 week ago

This Aussie movie is a wild and fantastic thriller. I wouldn't call it a straight up horror, but I don't really care after watching it. The outback is gorgeous in its wasteland aesthetic, I love how gritty it is, and I'm always a sucker for realer than real action; including the kangaroos. There is a producers note explaining the kangaroos were killed during a professional hunt. Everyone's acting is on point, Donald Pleasence is madder than he is in the Halloween franchise (which is saying something), and his Aussie accent is terrific too. I was expecting this to be a slow burn atmospheric piece with a few sharp moments, but it's a terrific gut punch of a movie that doesn't let up once it goes.

RipperJack
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1 week ago

Schoolteacher vs. Australia. It is a superb tourist thriller where everything is a macho struggle of epic proportions and primacy. I first saw this film when I was a little kid, just after I fell in love with “Walkabout” and it is unbelievable and oh so real and gritty and horrific in its own mad way.

rickbeck19
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1 week ago

Enough with the crying about cruelty to the animals. This is how people live in the Outback so seeing that reality is authentic. I did not enjoy watching the deaths but can appreciate their role in the film. Otherwise.... the movie is very sweaty.

OverLord
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1 month ago

Disgusting display of animal cruelty

SweetSci93
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1 month ago