The Survivor (1981)





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A 747 Jetliner takes off from an Australian international airport and within minutes it is inexplicably threatening the lives of thousands as it plummets to the ground. The pilot, Keller (Robert Powell), manages to avoid total catastrophe by bringing the aircraft down in a field but even so, the resulting fire from a ruptured fuel tank ensures that from the plane, at least, there are no survivors. Except one: Keller himself.Tortured with guilt and unable to explain the reason for the disaster and his miraculous escape, Keller sets upon a course of discovery, desperately seeking to overcome the temporary loss of memory that he has sustained. Eye witness Hobbs (Jennt Agutter), a young spiritualist, tries to help Keller to unravel the mysteries of both his flight and the local events. But tragedy compounds upon tragedy as both a photographer at the scene and an air accident investigator die; it seems that the dead passengers will not release their grip on Keller, nor on anyone who stands in the path of his investigations. In a final confrontation with both the souls of his dead passengers and the person responsible for the crash the truth is revealed to Keller.
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Robert Powell
as Keller
Joseph Cotten
as The Priest
Peter Sumner
as Tewson
Adrian Wright
as Goodwin
Kirk Alexander
as Dr. Martindale
Heather Steen
as Allens
Brenton Whittle
as Thornton
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A random DVD pick-up based on the company releasing it (Scorpion Releasing) and the always lovely Jenny Agutter being involved, I was sort of left feeling as if this might've been better in the source material. Don't get me wrong, there's some creepy bits and unnerving moments as the lone survivor of a plane crash tries to dig into the reasons behind it all, but I would almost imagine they were creepier in the reader's head when they read the novel instead of how they were realized in this film. Rental?

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

The Survivor is a truly unique horror film that combines elements of supernatural and survival horror into one movie and the result is an interesting concept for a movie that uses an everyday disaster as a basis to start off with the horror. The film wastes no time to dive into the action, and it starts off with the plane crash. Directed with flair by David Hemmings and a cast headed by Robert Powell, The film is a memorable addition to the genre, one that is very well paced and acted, but also at times shows signs of a plot that could have been reworked slightly. Even if it's slightly unfocused, there's plenty of good material on-screen to keep you involved from start to finish, and the idea behind the plot is quite intriguing and overcomes the film's weaknesses. For a low budget feature, I am surprised that they were able to pull off something good in the effects department, and of course I'm talking about the plane crash at the start of the film. For the film's budget, it is very well done and pretty exciting. There are also many terrifying scenes that build the tension in the viewer and it works very well. What separates Australian horror films from American ones is that they tend to rely a lot on atmosphere to create the terror, and I've said that many times before, but it's true. Aussie films tend to have a certain quality that American films miss, and they are more often than not better as well. With a great cast and a good plot, The Survivor is a well crafted horror film that is definitely worth seeing. If you love supernatural horror tales, then this one is sure to satisfy.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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