Wake in Fright Reviews

March 19, 2020
[Has some] fine photography of the Australian wilds, but also veers into melodrama.
March 19, 2020
[It] will will not please the Australian Tourist Board. It may not even please Australians. But it ranks, along with Nicholas Roeg's Walkabout, as the most impressive piece of special pleading about the country I've seen.
March 19, 2020
It's a remarkable film and I'm not at all happy with it.
March 7, 2014
Brilliantly directed by Kotcheff, the film has the disorienting and menacing quality of Joseph Losey films such as Accident and The Servant.
March 7, 2014
It presents a world in which refusing a pint has violent consequences, high spirits quickly curdle, and an unspoken homoerotic undertow gets ever more disturbing.
March 6, 2014
There is queasy undercurrent of sentimental kindness and indulgence beneath the violence.
March 6, 2014
Perhaps slightly schematic in charting the descent of man, but it induces a sweat that's hard to wash off.
November 15, 2012
Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
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.
November 1, 2012
It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.
October 25, 2012
Several decades later, it still chills.
October 19, 2012
"Wake in Fright" is true horror.
October 11, 2012
"Wake in Fright" is a monster movie, and the monster is us.
October 5, 2012
Australian tale of a holiday gone wrong has a potent, distinctive creepiness.
October 4, 2012
A legendary and controversial Aussie classic, although it's long been available only in poor-quality video releases.
Top Critic
October 3, 2012
Wake in Fright is the closest a movie can get to a primal scream.
October 2, 2012
Kotcheff's beware-the-backwoods thriller takes an unholy pleasure in watching Bond, an actor who always looks as if he's just bitten into a maggot-filled peach, devolve from full frontal dude-ity into a beast.
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.