Sunday, August 28, 2011

Razorback (1984)

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Starring: Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood, David Argue, Judy Morris

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It's waiting outside and it can sense your fear. No nightmare will prepare you for it!

Plot: A wild, vicious pig terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but aquitted. The next victim is an American TV-journalist. Her husband Carl gets there and starts to search for the truth. The local inhabitants won't really help him, but he is joined by a hunter and a female farmer to find the beast.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

#35 on my on-going quest to watch every film from the amazing documentary, NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF OZPLOITATION! (2008) (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT).

This is the picture Russell Mulcahy did before HIGHLANDER (1986). I like the Australian outback location shooting. It looks so desolate and unforgiving. I liked the look of the film even if it is at times too stylish for its own good. This is a killer animal movie and yet it sometimes has the appearance of an arthouse flick. The two rednecks are annoying as hell. I would have preferred they seem more realistic, twisted and sadistic rather than just complete childish assholes with a streak of violence. Maybe there's people like that out there in the world but it's so cliche. By the time you realize the big showdown is coming between the hero and the assholes, and let's not forget the pig, I was so ready for it to end. It was a long 15 minutes. It's too bad, too, 'cause I thought this one could be a lot of fun. Giant killer boar? I can buy that...just not wrapped up in this ribbon.

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