Australian director Richard Franklin not only directed a quite honorable "Psycho II", he also was a true admirer of Alfred Hitchcock's body of work. And "Road Games", a film I consider as a formidable homage to the English director, is a film to rediscover. Urgently. Sneezy Rider. Masterpiece.
Keach brings an electricity of charisma to his role in Road Games, a Rear Window-akin tale set in the open roads of the Austrailian outback. Future Psycho 2-helmer Franklin does his best to intensify an overdrawn and overlong script that suffers from pacing and creative problems. One can also admire the Hitchcockian-subtlety to its suspense scenes, but sadly, they are too subtle to create adrenaline and to terrify.
Franklin's narrative pulse is stylish, and careful in execution, but If the plot was tighter, without losing its north/credibility -especially around the finale- the film would had been a lot better. Underrated Stacy Keach brings a lot of charisma and bravado to his part.
Pretty ingenious thriller has accurately been described as 'Rear Window' on the highway. Stacey Keach is a lot of fun in the lead - in a story full of genuine suspense, desolate Outback atmosphere, and offbeat humor. An obscure gem that deserves to be better known.
If REAR WINDOW and FRENZY got in a nasty highway pile-up after playing Chicken with Spielberg's DUEL, this would be the twisted accident-scene. Nobody wins except the rubbernecking audience.
"Meat is hung. MEN are hanged."