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  • Razorback (1984)

    Floating through JB Hi-Fi the other day, I saw Dark City and childhood favourite Razorback in amongst the 'under ten bucks' cheapies. There were others pawing through the titles, and I nearly missed the chance.

    But I pounced.

    Razorback is an old friend. Me and me mates used to go camping and I'd be the one up at the crack of dawn yelling 'Wakey wakey, hands off snakey!'. They'd all seen it, they saw the joke. Even when it got old. Fast forward at least a decade and here I am, sitting down to watch it with my brother in amongst a few beers.

    Anyway, it's primarily about this old bloke who loses his grandchild when the razorback attacks his home. We also meet an American animal-rights campaigner who's out to investigate an outback kangaroo slaughter.

    There's a bit less action in it than I remembered, a bit less of the pig as well. The two Petpak brothers steal the show, and in fact the pig almost seems incidental to the action surrounding those two. 'Jaws on trotters,' claims the DVD cover and again, this isn't quite the case. The pig causes a little bit of carnage but it's nothing to make you squeamish. I'm hoping a director's cut will surface one day, as in amongst a handful of other scenes the pig actually chews somebody's face clean off!

    Atmosphere plays a big part in Razorback You get the 'eerie outback' feel and there's a few visuals that really work well, like the sequence that starts with some roo-shooting at night, then a trip-out on the salt flats before finally dropping down in front of the gorgeous Arkie Whitely, quickly flashing her tits in an outdoor shower scene.

    It's still a lot of fun, despite the shortcomings. The pig's head looks ugly and mean in the closeups, although the low budget of the film becomes apparent whenever the 'pig rig' has to move anywhere.

    Am I glad I bought it? Fuck yeah. I grew up on this film, and even though I can't quite see it through a child's eyes anymore it's STILL a worthwhile chunk of your time.
    Last edited by Blood_n_Gutz_DownUnder; 02-18-2008, 08:32 AM.
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    I was just talking about this movie the other day. I would really like to have it on dvd but I can't find it anywhere.

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    • #3
      Hell yeah... Love it...
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      • #4
        Fuck yeah, I love this flick.

        I saw this months ago, loved everything about it. Great Australian setting, the cast is good and the effects are damn fine.

        Wish someone would get this on DVD here though.

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        • #5

          Originally posted by Blood_n_Gutz_DownUnder View Post
          Floating through JB Hi-Fi the other day, I saw Dark City and childhood favourite Razorback in amongst the 'under ten bucks' cheapies. There were others pawing through the titles, and I nearly missed the chance.

          But I pounced.

          Razorback is an old friend. Me and me mates used to go camping and I'd be the one up at the crack of dawn yelling 'Wakey wakey, hands off snakey!'. They'd all seen it, they saw the joke. Even when it got old. Fast forward at least a decade and here I am, sitting down to watch it with my brother in amongst a few beers.

          Anyway, it's primarily about this old bloke who loses his grandchild when the razorback attacks his home. We also meet an American animal-rights campaigner who's out to investigate an outback kangaroo slaughter.

          There's a bit less action in it than I remembered, a bit less of the pig as well. The two Petpak brothers steal the show, and in fact the pig almost seems incidental to the action surrounding those two. 'Jaws on trotters,' claims the DVD cover and again, this isn't quite the case. The pig causes a little bit of carnage but it's nothing to make you squeamish. I'm hoping a director's cut will surface one day, as in amongst a handful of other scenes the pig actually chews somebody's face clean off!

          Atmosphere plays a big part in Razorback You get the 'eerie outback' feel and there's a few visuals that really work well, like the sequence that starts with some roo-shooting at night, then a trip-out on the salt flats before finally dropping down in front of the gorgeous Arkie Whitely, quickly flashing her tits in an outdoor shower scene.

          It's still a lot of fun, despite the shortcomings. The pig's head looks ugly and mean in the closeups, although the low budget of the film becomes apparent whenever the 'pig rig' has to move anywhere.

          Am I glad I bought it? Fuck yeah. I grew up on this film, and even though I can't quite see it through a child's eyes anymore it's STILL a worthwhile chunk of your time.
          Lucky dog! I have a region 4 on the way from amazon, but a friend of mine watched Razorback with me last night(courtesy of some pre-screening piracy).

          I understand the bit about nostalgia. This would have stood out amongst many a horror film I did watch.

          Atmosphere is correct. With a few silhouettes here and there, then the small amount of confrontations with the wild boar, the razorback wasn't the mid-center piece of attention. I mean - it lurks in the back of your head - the idea that its presence is there.

          Depictions of the outback are very cool. Dream sequences add to zeh fun.

          Some are still available for about 7 bucks, at amazon, fellow all-region or region 4 format users.

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          • #6
            Yeah, another great animal amok film from down under. I loved the influence of The Road Warrior on this flick. It's quite surreal. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on this as well.

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            • #7
              Razorback is essentially Australian for Jaws; a giant, dangerous, irrational creature that attacks humans on site with little or no motivation for doing so, all the while obscured by the theatrics of fog, light, and perspective. By no means a bad movie, and by no means a great one either; while the photography in this film is beautiful and oftentimes haunting the pacing is more erratic than a shithouse rat. More than once I found myself questioning motivation or felt rather jilted by the sudden change in scene and dialogue. It may have worked great for the director while firing off music videos but it makes for a somewhat unsettling movie going experience, not to mention a killer headache.

              What Razorback lacks in ambience it makes up for in pure visual storytelling. There were several pieces in the film that had a haunting dreamlike quality to them, where reality and fantasy blending and coalesced into something that seemed completely out of place for a film about a giant roaming menace on trotters. In a matter of fact the threat of the giant beast pig seemed secondary to everything else happening on screen. We hardly see the aforementioned animal as most of the plot dances around the plight of several revolving characters, but never long enough to get a clear idea of their moral grounding or motivation. The thick Australian accent and rapid fire line reading did little to help either. The scenes that worked the best for me were those completely devoid of dialogue, as they managed to build some tension, but for the most part the film seemed very touch and go, trying to fit as many scenes as possible to keep the story moving within its two hour timeframe.

              If some of the set pieces and dreamlike visual were the main attraction to the film then the offbeat redneck twins Benny and Dicko were the secondary pull for me. Their erratic behavior and junkyard dog mentality livened the proceedings of the film up a bit and provided much more of an anchor of despicability than the main monster did. For all intents and purposes they seemed to be the main villains of the movie, often crashing through scenes with crazy abandon and a punk-like anti-social attitude that would make most normal people more scared to transverse the outback than any pissed off hog would. Even their surroundings provided some of the cooler visuals of the movie; like the steamy, hostile meat packing plant and their makeshift underground lair. Needless to say Id love to share a six pack of Fosters with these nut jobs while hunting down some kangaroos on safari. Ive got good money that says theyd love listening to a bout of Whiplash and Vomitor.

              All in all Razorback makes for an enjoyable ride. Monster romps dont need too much flair to keep them pumping along and this flick has enough eccentricities to keep me coming back, even though I could of used more B-rated flavor like heavy doses of gore, boobs, and bad words to make the time pass this gets an easy ride for being so damn serious about the subject matter without transversing too far into the land of hokey (even though Id have to say that my favorite scene was a humorous piece were one guy gets his living room ripped in half by the giant pig). Plus all those cool Australian backwoods locales make for an interesting sit through, so crack open some piss warm beer and lay on back. Its fat berserker boar time!

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              • #8
                Spot on, Brotha. These are the points I was trying to get across, but your composition works much better
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                I also agree that some added exploitation bits would have enhanced the viewing pleasure.

                Benny and Dicko did steal the movie. Cult written all over it.

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                • #9
                  Anchor Bay released it in the UK about four years ago, Check on Amazon, etc.

                  Originally saw this on late night tv when I was a kid. The two brothers are extremely memorable characters.
                  Arkie Whitely (can't spell her name) died a few years back didn't she? She was also in Mad Max 2/Road Warrior as a very similar innocent character.

                  Razorback shows what you can do with a few good actors and the atmosphere of the outback (covers the bad pig model... but that adds to the energy of the film to)

                  Didn't Stephen Kings Graveyard Shift rip off the climatic meatgrinder scene? I haven't seen G.S in a while
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                  • #10
                    ive known about this for years but i am now watching it 4 the first time. will tell you guys what i think about it.

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                    • #11
                      not a bad movie seen it for the first time couple months ago it's on tonight on the SPACE channel for anyone who has it!


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                      • #12
                        I'm watching it as we speak. Old guys goin after the big one. Forgot about this movie, its not bad.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jd13 View Post
                          I'm watching it as we speak. Old guys goin after the big one. Forgot about this movie, its not bad.
                          yea it's a decent movie, I got annoyed of that one guy laugh that works at the pet place, I found he lauged an made pig sounds way to much but still a good movie


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                          • #14
                            This movie kicks all kinds of ass. I recommend it if you're into the creature features.

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                            • #15
                              Bloody hell, almost finished reading the novel that the film was based on. There's an absolute SHITLOAD of plot-related stuff that had been cut out of the movie, including [SPOILER]a diamond-smuggling operation where gemstones were hidden inside shipments of PetPak roo meat for the New York mafia via Hong Kong and looked after by a corrupt Australian police officer[/SPOILER].

                              Much like Peter Benchley's novel Jaws, it was a good move to cut out all the extraneous plotlines and focus almost entirely on the monster. I'm gonna watch this again tonight!
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