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January 11, 2018
Wake in Fright deserves to occupy a place next to Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness, all of them stories that force us to observe the veil, so thin, that separates civilization from barbarism. [Full review in Spanish]
April 12, 2018
John Grant is absolutely note-perfect as the stiff-upper-lipped Englishman stranded in an environment that he couldn't be any further removed from.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 12, 2014
Wake in Fright is an absolute must-see for fans of cult, off-kilter cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2012
A Conradian parable of a man succumbing to the wild, the film is remarkable for its raw, pointed dithe suggests, and you'll find the beast concealed behind the mask of propriety.
September 29, 2012
The film's vision of masculine self-sufficiency is built around--and on, via Australia's own bloody colonial history--an elemental violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 7, 2014
Forms a neatly symmetrical, perfectly Kafkaesque narrative. This way madness lies . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 14, 2014
Few films were ever so bright and so dark at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2014
The kindness of strangers has never seemed more terrifying than in this dusty, sun-bleached masterpiece, now stunningly restored.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 6, 2018
Wake In Fright gets beneath Australia's skin and stares into a dark heart that was hidden beneath the ochre dust and boozy bonhomie. One of the greatest Aussie films of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 17, 2013
If you have any interest whatsoever in discovering the true classics of Australian cinema, there are far worse places you could start than with Wake in Fright.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 15, 2012
Many reissues claim the mantle of lost masterpiece, but Wake in Fright is the genuine article.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 4, 2014
Throughout we feel like we are watching a real world, with the extensive use of real locations and real outback dwellers, where none of the professional actors breaks the spell.
November 1, 2012
It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2012
Animal lovers, beware.
May 17, 2010
Shot with a feverish feeling for heat and madness that's worthy of Borges.
December 13, 2012
A movie that shows us plenty of unsettling stuff but also knows that what viewers imagine is much more disturbing than what any movie can show.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2012
A road movie using undeveloped land as a blank screen on which to project a dark deconstruction of masculinity and manifest destiny.
September 6, 2013
Like the majestic camera movement with which it opens, Wake In Fright is a film that travels in slow, inexorable circles, presenting its paranoid nightmare of entrapment as Kafka down under.
March 7, 2014
derives its brand of feral menace not from monsters, masked killers, or any of the other avatars of conventional horror, but rather from a sober-eyed perspective on a society reeling under the malign influence of its own basest impulses.
August 26, 2009
What a treat to see this remastered 1971 Australian classic that depicts a particular part of the Aussie culture so beautifully.
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