The Movie: Wake in Fright (1971)
What Is It?: Ted Kotcheff transforms Australia into a horror environment twenty times more terrifying than Dracula’s castle. It’s a nasty portrayal of outback culture with the inhabitants cast as soul-suckers more relentless than Romero’s zombies. The kangaroo hunt, which involves real hunting of real kangaroos by real drunk hunters, may be the most disturbing sequence I’ve ever seen. Watch at your own risk. You’ll be waking in fright for months after watching this brutal, unforgettable film.
Why Today?: Today is Hug an Australian Day!