To my audience out there in Australia, or just to anyone that loves the Aussie accent or foreign cinema in general, I have compiled a small list of Aussie horrors you may have overlooked. Make sure to add these to your list of must-see films. I’ve also provided short review and trailers so you can know anything your heart desires. All you need to know though is that I’m a horror master and I would never steer you wrong in the horror movie recommendation area. Have you seen any of these films or not? Feel free to leave feedback in the comments, I always respond!
This movie was more shocking, disturbing, and intense than actually scary. Based on a true story, Jamie is taken under the wing of his new father-figure, who ends up being a deranged killer that brainwashes the entire family. He leads them to do acts of unspeakable violence and its a shocking transformation that the whole family goes through. There’s lots of bloody imagery and the story will leave you with a pit in your stomach.
5 backpacker go on a trip; pretty self-explanatory the type of movie you’re about to get into. However this one takes a twist and combines the vampire/creature genre with the campy/nightmare vacation genre. The acting is good, the effects are good, the story has more twists and turns than you would expect. This one from down under shows Aussies why they just shouldn’t leave their own country.
3. Wolf Creek
This movie is a bit of the opposite of Primal, showing backpackers why they should travel in any other part of the world besides for the outback in Australia. Again, this is an easy film to “genre-ize”, one of those teen/ college kidnap/survival films. However, this one is so much more. The gore and torture inflicted by our psychotic bogan killer is really brutal and he’s an absolute ruthless fucker. The helpless backpackers cry out in agony and you can’t help but to watch through nearly closed eyes. The sequel makes for a great one too, and what’s even scarier is that this was based off a true story.
Finally a found footage film that didn’t suck and wasn’t completely filmed on an ipad/iphone. This genre is still somewhat new and untouched (a little bit). This takes the religious/ exorcism/ possession genre and mixes it together with the newly found cult genre. I like the cult genre, as mind control and cults are a real thing that exist in the world; there are some crazy cults out there that brainwash and can make its followers do crazy things (I’m sure we all remember how the Manson family turned out). The cult genre truly is freaky, and to an extent, the effects of found footage always get to me as well.
5. The Loved Ones
Originally, the Harry Styles lookalike is what drew me to the film. I must profess my love for this doppelganger and how heartbroken I was to see him tortured so ruthlessly. Again, this film can fall quite easily into a genre which may be a problem for some horror viewers as its nothing mind-fucking and truly chilling. However, i gotta give it credit, this movie is pretty damn good. All the characters are likable, the plot is pretty original, so I guess not really your typical prom horror, and the gore and blood is pretty full on. This my be my favorite of the bunch.
6. The Babadook
Easily considered a modern horror classic (by others not by me), I was actually disappointed by this film, but couldn’t help putting it on the list. This got quite a lot of attention at Sundance and pretty much every person but me has had something good to say about this film. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to be watching a horror whenever I chose to watch this film, but I’m not really willing to give it another go and give it a higher rating. Hopefully many of you have seen this since this was such a big hit out on the horror market and you can beg to differ with my opinion, but I just thought most of the movie was hype and build up. However, as unconvincing and cynical as this mini review was, I would still say check out this movie and see it for yourself.