Peter and Marcia are having marital problems. Marcia has just
had an abortion after a relationship with another man, and
Peter was drawn towards a female friend of the family. As
an attempt at reconciliation they decide on a weekend away
together. Marcia opts for a hotel in the urban district, but
Peter arranges a camping trip to a remote beach on the coast
of Australia. On the way Peter accidentally kills a kangaroo
on the road with his jeep, and that's just the start of their
problems. After finally setting up camp they hear strange
noises at night which sound like a distressed baby. The next
day Peter is called from the surf by a frantic Marcia. He
kills what he thinks is a shark but turns out to be a harmless
sea cow. The theft of an eagle egg, and the blatant disrespect
for the environment is the last straw. Nature begins to take
its revenge, and the escalating tension between Peter and
Marcia is not helping...
you ever seen a thriller with no thrills? I have, it's called
Long Weekend. It's always a good indication that a
film's going to be disappointing when there's a vague quote
on the packaging which says, in this case, "Hauntingly enigmatic..."
"A lost cult classic..." This is nothing of the sort. In fact
for the first half an hour of this Australian movie from the
1970s nothing of any interest happens at all, and I found
that studying a pattern in my carpet was infinitely more appealing.
Driving around in circles in a jeep, sitting in front of a
campfire, and shooting a hunting rifle off repeatedly at nothing
in particular... and they call this entertainment?
do get a look at some of the beautiful wildlife of Australia,
but as this is supposed to be a horror / thriller rather than
Wildlife On One, frankly it's irrelevant. I'm sorry,
but there's really no saving grace for this film. Even the
ending can be predicted within the first 20 minutes. Apparently
the writer also wrote Razorback. 'Nuff said.
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