Long Weekend (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

Long Weekend (1979)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Long Weekend Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

An Australian couple sets off on a weekend to the coast in this psychological thriller. Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) are at each other's throats from the moment they pull out of the driveway, as Peter sneaks his dog along for the weekend and Marcia is harboring anger about a recent tragedy the couple faced. As day turns into night and they have yet to reach their destination, Peter hits a kangaroo while falling asleep at the wheel. This sets in motion a chain of mysterious events, which starts with them leaving the beaten path and appearing to go in circles through the darkened thickets of trees -- even though they've driven straight ahead for hours. Upon eventually reaching their destination, the strange happenings continue, with animals behaving in unusual ways, and a persistent cry of anguish floating over the water, which sounds almost human. Peter and Marcia are determined to prove they can rough it, even as they start to wonder if they've gotten in over their head. They doggedly remain camped, despite mounting evidence that they don't understand the feral Australian woods as well as they think. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Everett De Roche
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 27, 2005

News & Interviews for Long Weekend

Critic Reviews for Long Weekend

All Critics (5)

There's a boldness in Eggleston's choice to let almost the entire last half-hour play out without dialogue, and in the clever ways they illustrate the couple's dangerous callousness.

Full Review… | May 4, 2015
The Dissolve

Eggleston orchestrates an unforgettable downward spiral of sanity, with villainy agreeably dimensional and the great outdoors ruined forever.

Full Review… | April 19, 2015

Long Weekend" is an uneven thriller from the Australian outback that does have its amusing points.

Full Review… | April 12, 2015
Movie Chambers

Colin Eggleston takes the premise of nature's revenge to its most mysterious and over-determined limits.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Eye for Film

Proving that a lot of great cinema came out of the Australian scene circa the 1970s, Long Weekend [claims] its place as a legitimate member of the masterful macabre.

Full Review… | September 20, 2005

Audience Reviews for Long Weekend

Long Weekend is a different type of nature gone wild movie, as it doesn't involve a killer creature, but nature itself, and mixes a heavy dose of psychological horror in the plot as well. With effective directing from Colin Eggleston , this is a well crafted horror tale that is sure to captivate you from the first frame onwards. The film has a simple idea for its plot and it works brilliantly to create the ultimate in shocks for the viewer. The film surrounds a couple who go out for the weekend in the woods to clear their heads of a recent tragedy soon find themselves the target of mother nature due to the fact that they are simply vicious and are constantly fighting. The film moves at a steady pace, and every shot is calculated to induce the fear in you. This is a work that superbly well executed by Eggleston and he delivers something that is tense, memorable and ultimately terrifying. What makes this film truly unique is that you feel that there is a lingering presence around the couple, and it adds to the atmosphere. This is a well acted and directed movie that ranks up there with some of Alfred Hitchcock's most memorable psychological horror tales. In many terms, Long Weekend echoes many of Hitchcock's traits and it makes for a truly engrossing horror experience. With using so little, Eggleston was able to accomplish so much. This is horror filmmaking at its best. The aspect that stands out the most about the film is that the tension and horror isn't happening all at once. Everything unfolds slowly to make you feel even more on edge. Eggleston direction works beautifully and in turn he creates a horror film that is very entertaining and original in terms of ideas. I truly enjoyed Long Weekend and it is among the finest psychological horror films of the 1970's.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Great movie. A Character driven suspense piece. This is not a horror movie (although its been sold as one), it is neither gory nor does it rely on cheep shocks (it does employ them however)

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A weird and bizarre film as a couples weekend goes from bad to worse. Well worth a look. Actually made in 1978 from what I remember. It's very different and creepy!

Dean King

Super Reviewer

Long Weekend Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Long Weekend on our Movie forum!