Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A DOTA Mini-Review: 'Long Weekend' (1978)


Australian exploitation cinema, or Ozploitation, is notorious for its verité style and low-budget brutality. Colin Eggleston's Long Weekend is one of the most famous examples of Ozploitation, and it also happens to be an exceptional piece of natural revenge cinema!

Oooooooh, you're gonna be in trouuuuuble!
Eggleston's film, from a script by Everett De Roche, introduces us to a city-dwelling couple who head to the beach for a weekend to try and repair their disaster of a relationship. But while out in the bush/on the beach, they show zero respect for nature, and nature loses patience for their bullshit in a hurry. Starring John Hargreaves and Briony Behets as the couple in question, not only is Long Weekend an excellent example of natural revenge, but it's also a fairly brilliant metaphor for the deteriorating relationship at the heart of the film. The more the couple treats nature like garbage, the more they treat each other in kind.

This dugong is both a metaphor, and having his own Worst Day Ever
Long Weekend has four entries in our Horror database, with only one especially egregious Level 5 death very early in the film. We suggest you fast-forward past that scene, and enjoy watching nature stick it to a couple of yuppies with no respect for the Earth.

Rating: 4 Mysterious Sea Cows out of 5