Movie Lover: Passe
-- May, 22, 2009
The Aussie Horror Collection is an essential boxset for the horror fan, Australian cinema buff, or simply the adventurous film-viewer.
All three films in this set are classics (in Oz) produced by Anthony Ginnane, who is sort of the Australian Val Lewton. The late 70s and early 80s was a period of a cinematic Renaissance in Australia, and Ginnane was the man behind its horrors and thrillers, all well-directed, well-acted, well-shot.
All editions are widescreen, from exceptional prints; and each disc contains an audio commentary. The commentary on Strange Behavior is particularly enjoyable, as members of the cast have been reunited with writer Bill Condon (Oscar winning writer of Dreamgirls, oddly enough).
Thirst is a brilliant, serious vampire film about a group of high-tech vampires, who live peacefully in communes with human 'blood-cows' for nourishment, attempting to persuade a descendant of Countess Bathory to join them. The box set would be worth it for Thirst alone. 5/5
Patrick is a strange combination of Carrie and Psycho, involving a disturbed comatose man with psychokinesis and a crush on his nurse. It's quite creepy and moves along at a good pace. 4.5/5
Strange Behavior is a slightly tongue-in-cheek slasher that quickly turns into a 50s-tribute mad scientist movie. It's quite fun. 3.5/5
For the price, this set is an incredible steal. I recommend you grab these little-seen gems from Oz while you can.