August 14, 2015

Ozploitation movies worth checking out.

There are so many amazing Ozploitation movies out there we couldn't possibly write up every one of them, so we've got a few list posts this month, and our first has some pretty epic amazingness...

Razorback: A giant killer boar terrorizes the locals and that's not the strangest thing that happens in this movie.

The director: Razorback was Russell Mulcahy's first feature film but he drew from his background directing new wave music videos (Duran Duran, The Buggles, Human League) to make a really visually interesting film.

Craziest scene: There's a scene involving a kangaroo hunt where the filmmakers went out with licensed kangaroo hunters, on an real hunt, to gather footage.

You might recognize: Judy Morris, The Cars that Ate Paris; Arkie Whiteley, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior; and John Howard, Mad Max: Fury Road (as The People Eater himself).

That movie was a book?!: Apparently Razorback was indeed a novel by Peter Brennan before it was a movie.

Thirst: A young woman is abducted by a socially-elite cult. She finds out quickly they're vampires running a blood farm.

Was Henry Silva being dangled 9 stories in the air?: Yes, he was none too happy about it as they actually took him quite a bit higher than they told him they were going to.

You might recognize: Henry Silva, Ocean's Eleven (original and remake);  Max Phipps as The Toady from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior; and David Hemmings, Deep Red.

Roadgames: Basically Rear Window on a highway. Hitch (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a hitchhiker picked up by Pat Quid (Stacy Keach) who's witnessed a murder while big-rigging across Australia. Together they'll play a game of cat and mouse with a nomadic serial killer.

No low-budget film here: With a budget of $1.75 million, this was the highest budget Austrailan film of it's time.

You might have also seen by this director: Patrick, Pchyo II, Cloak and Dagger, or F/X2.

Patrick: Since causing the death of his mother and her lover Patrick has been in a comatose state... with his eyes wide open... Now he's fallen in love with one of the new nurses and he'll stop at nothing to have her affection.

This movie inspired: The coma scene from Kill Bill vol. 1.

The insanity?: This is a movie where the main character doesn't speak or blink for the entirety of the film. Who looks at that script and says "Yes! Were making that movie!".

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