The Long Weekend (1978)

the long weekend (1)

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Director : Colin Eggleston
Writer : Everett De Roche
Starring :  John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Australia, 1h 35m

Their crime was against nature” states the stark black and white movie poster, showing a frightened woman and an aggressive gun wielding man… If only they had a chance!

This taut Australian horror details a terrifying well crafted story about a couple and their dog, their aim is to spend a long weekend in the blistering wilderness. One of those simple pleasures that every city dweller looks forwards to, but the couple show absolutely no respect for the environment and soon karma starts a chain of eerie events.

There are hints that something sinister happened pre movie and the young couple (John Hargreaves and Briony Behets) take the opportunity of the extended weekend to get away from it all. While trying to even get out to the beach they constantly get lost, this should have been a warning sign that they were not wanted, but the persevere and eventually find a spot to camp in. They immediately start their oblivious assault on nature by throwing cigarettes about the place, spraying insecticides, and polluting and killing everything around them (including a Dugong), the tension between the couple escalated as nature starts to fight back, they are first attacked by an eagle and then things start to get very strange…

A cautionary karmic tale that shows mother nature fighting back with terrible psychological and life threatening effects.

The film is masterfully crafted, I adore the little silent cut scenes showing the peaceful natural environment, these scenes are long period with no dialogue and cut away from the brutish couples assault on the Australian countryside, then it’s cut back to the noisy and brutish couple bickering and showing nothing by disrespect for nature. The natural attack that is skillfully directed by Colin Eggleston comes in various stages insects, animals and even a paranoia that the world is closing in on this panicked couple. It’s effectively eerie and masterfully macabre. Once the attack is underway and going full throttle the psychological effects start to really wear down the couple who get separated and each fall into their own paranoid nightmare.

It’s quite a weird story which isn’t something that i would feel would translate to film but Eggleston has managed to translate the silent attack to film really well, the acting is superb, showing fear to an unseen foe is something that actors has to master with green screen but here we see a a couple of actors who are in a nightmare and express this deep fear that can’t be explained but it’s shown with expert ease, especially at the end of the film which had virtually no dialogue and is just pure fear and raw emotion, it feels as if the couple are being silenced and slowly erased from

I always adore watching this film time and time again, it’s entirely trippy and experimental in it’s appearance and style, the backstory is incredibly dark, like one of those camp fire stories, where there is no explanation as to why back trackers disappear, the film depicts a mysterious monster that no one can fight back against, no one can see it coming and no one can escape from..

Rating 8/10

RThe Long weekend/Nature’s Grave (r) (2008), Omega Man (1971),
L – Nature films, Weekend Flicks,
A – Mother nature seen as an entity
Vs – Long Weekend Vs Long Weekend

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