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Horror fans will be pleasantly horrified to find John Jarratt, no infamous worldwide as Wolf Creek's sadistic serial killer, turning it out as a lovable ranger.
It's well-produced and acted, and an intelligent environmental adventure film results.
There has been so many rip offs of Jaws since its release in 1975 that many animals and other creatures have been used as a plot device to terrorize the inhabitants of a town whether it's on sea or land. With Dark Age, the sinister beast is a giant crocodile that wrecks havoc. This is a good movie that takes place in the Australian outback. John Jarrat (who would later play the villain in Wolf Creek) stars as Steve Harris, the ranger tasked with hunting the giant croc. This is a well thought out creature feature that has a good plot and effective acting to keep you interested. However this is an overlooked gem, as many other croc themed films have surfaced since, and this one is kind of a forgotten low budget B movie. The film relies on a good sense of atmosphere and slow pacing to steadily build up the fear and dread in the viewer. Director Arch Nicholson crafts a very good pulse pounding nature gone wild film that is much darker than other films in the genre. The tone is more serious and never tongue in cheek. There are also some pretty good kill scenes and the croc has a serious appetite and feeds on just about anything. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I think it is a standout film in the genre with a good plot, good acting and a dark, ominous score that adds to the experience, you owe it to yourself to check this film out as it is a smartly crafted horror film that just doesn't go right into the action, but slowly builds up the fear right up till the first kill. There have been quite a few croc films, but I have to say that Dark Age is one of the best that I have seen.
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