So we're known as the "Land Down Under," with stories of ferocious "drop bears" waiting to eat unsuspecting tourists, and more legitimately, the numerous snakes and spiders trying to kill us. But these all pale in comparison to the creepy and wonderfully gory horror films that Australia has a talent for. I present to you four Aussie horror films that you have to put on your spook list!
(Apologies to all Australians for the Crocodile Dundee reference, that film might as well be a horror film to us all!)
4. The Babadook (2014)
You know what we truly appreciate in Australia? Receiving creepy, children's story books that won't go away — even if you BBQ it. At least that's what happens in The Babadook. Amelia, a widowed single mother, is struggling to make ends meet and deal with her erratic son (Sam). Sam begins complaining of an unusual presence in the house and begins having visions and seizures. At first, Amelia disregards it as a medical condition, but she soon finds out exactly how wrong she is.
Unlike most horror films, The Babadook is a throwback to films that made audiences' skin crawl (including The Exorcist director) and keep a light on at night. The combination of a music, brilliant acting, and the background theme of "family," make for a fantastic film.
3. Wolf Creek (2005)
The Wolf Creek film and later Wolf Creek 2 are very loosely based on the events of a real serial killer in Australia named Ivan Milat who is infamously known as the "Backpacker Murderer." During the 1990s, Milat murdered seven backpackers, five of whom were tourists. The first film follows a group of friends on a road trip around Australia. In typical horror movie fashion, their car breaks down and they are "rescued" by Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). Then ensues about an hour or so of blood and gore as the friends attempt to escape the killer.
I promise Australia loves visitors!
2. Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead (2014)
Where do you want to be when the zombie apocalypse strikes? Australia, that's where. Wyrmwood follows two siblings during the zombie apocalypse. Barry, a mechanic, who after having to kill his "turned" family, is trying to find his sister, Brooke. Brooke has been captured, by supposedly the government (?) and is being injected with zombie blood.
Zombie movies aren't really ones to make a lot of sense. So what Wyrmwood lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in blood, gore and swearing!
1. The Loved Ones (2009)
The Loved Ones brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." After Lola's crush, Brent, refuses her offer to go to formal (Aussie prom) together, Lola decides to host her own school dance. Together with her father, Lola gets creative with household appliances, torturing Brent. The film also has a weird side story with Brent's best friend hooking up with the high school goth.
This film is definitely not for the faint of heart — I couldn't look at forks or salt the same way for a few months!
Overall, Australian films are some of the sickest, goriest ones you can find. Even the Saw franchise had it's beginnings in Melbourne! From evil presences to real-life horror to scorned prom dates — we've got it all! It's not just the spiders and snakes you have to worry about down under!