Ah, Halloween. A time for candy, slutty costumes and all things scary, if you're from North America. No here in the land of OZ, halloween is a very recent thing. I never went trick or treating as a kid, but I do use it as an excuse to watch horrror movies. And I know a lot of you problably do the same thing, so I want to give you guys some suggestions of what to watch. All of these have a common theme of being made here in Australia. First of all is a classic and a favourite of Quentin Tarantino, 1978's Patrick.
Patrick, directed by Richard Franklin is about the titular character Patrick, a man in a coma who also happens to possess psycokinetic powers. Three years prior to the events in the film Patrick kills his mother and her lover while they are in the bath. Patrick falls in love with the new nurse Kathy and uses his powers to communicate with her through an electric typewriter. Patrick also uses his powers to control and kill all of the men in Kathy's life, while also defending himself against Matron Cassidy who wants him dead. It's a little dated by todays standards but is a classic of Australia's golden age of cinema held along side other classics like Gallipoli & Mad Max.
Fun Fact. When filming Kill Bill Tarantino wanted The Bride to have her eyes open when she was in a coma because that was what happened in Patrick. The scene where she spits is also a reference to Patrick.
Next we have 100 Bloody Acres. A 2012 horror/ comedy driected by brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes, 100 Bloody Acres concerns the explots of the brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan who run a small Blood and Bone fertilizer buisness. After younger brother Reg finds a fatal car crash, he decides to take the deceased driver back home but on the way home he also happens to come across 3 city folk on the way to a music festival. Being the nice guy he is, offers to give them a lift while trying to hide the dead body in the back of his truck. Needless to say, they discover the body and the brothers aren't going to let them go. The best horror/ comedy since Shaun of the Dead, it perfectly combines the laughs with some pretty good gore and is perfect for those who find feeding someone into a mulcher humerous.
This next one most of you should have seen before, but just in case check out 2005's Wolf Creek. Directed by Greg McLean and loosely based on Austalian serial killers Ivan Millat and Bradley John Murdoch. Wolf Creek concers English backpackers Liz ans Kristy, as well as their companion Ben from Sydney. After a hike and lunch at Wolf Creek National Park, they come back to the car to find out it wont start. After waiting some time for someone else to show and and possibly help them, Mick Taylor a local pig shooter (a psychopath) shows up and offers them a tow back to his place where he can fix their car. After chatting around the campfire, they do to sleep only to come too tied up to be used as Mick's play things. Not for the faint of heart this film is not recommended for those squeamish about torture. You should also check out the 2013 sequel, it focuses more on Mick and has a quicker pace comparred to the first. But again if you're squeamish about torture, maybe give this one a miss as well.
The last film I want to suggest to you is The Tunnel from 2011 and directed by Carlo Ledesma. A Found-Footage style movie that follows a reporter Natasha, and her crew (Peter, Steven and Tangles), in the abandoned railway tunnels under Sydney. After being refused entry by the security guard, they find another way in. At first they only find abandoned homless squats and shelters used for air raids during the 40s. After a while though, one of them goes missing and while looking for him, the group discovers that they are being stalked by a mysterious figure. With great acting and some pretty great moments. Relying less on jump scares like most others in the genre, the Tunnel deserves to be considered one of the best Found-Footage films alongside REC and Man Bites Dog.
Fun Fact: This film was crowd-funded and filmed with a budget of $36,000 AUD
So there you go, give 'em a shot this Halloween. This is the first one of these I've done and so I would greatly appreciate some feedback. And hopefully I'll have another one of these done with some more suggestions for you guys before the end of the month.
Happy Halloween - Zyk