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Razorback (1984)

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"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."

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Review Date: 01 September 2003 My Rating: out of 5


Director Russell Mulcahy of 'Highlander' fame directed this tale of a giant man-eating boar running rampage through the Australian outback, and whilst it obviously borrows a lot from the true life case of the child who was eaten by a dingo, it is surprisingly good.

When Jake Cullen's grandchild is eaten by a giant razorback, he is accused of murder, as he has no proof that there was ever an attack on his home. Jake decides to take matters into his own hands and spends his every waking moment trying to track the wild beast down and kill it.

Meanwhile animal rights journalist Beth Winters and her cameraman travel to the Australian outback to do a report on the culling of Kangaroos. The duo are immediately made unwelcome and face all sorts of trouble from the locals which culminates in the attempted rape of the pregnant journalist and ultimately her death at the tusks of the razorback.

Enter Beth's husband Carl who will stop at nothing to find out the truth of his wife's demise.

The only problems I have with this film are down to characterisation. Certain characters motives or choices leave a lot of unanswered questions, as they continuously do the dumbest things, and whilst there are answers there if you look hard enough, it still asks a lot of the viewer to believe it totally.

The cast who are largely Australian and unknown, all do a good job but again we have to question the believeability of their intentions as some characters seem to evolve totally within minutes of appearing on screen.

The film showcases a great use of scenery and lighting and Russell Mulcahy very wisely keeps the razorback hidden in the shadows allowing only brief glimpses of it, however this makes it no less scary as the sound effects and clever camerawork really make the boar attack scenes work.

This film is largely unheard of and quite hard to find, but is nevertheless quite impressive and is definitely one of the better creatures on a rampage films.

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