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Wake in Fright
8.3
/10
2,254 Ratings

WAKE IN FRIGHT

Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Australia, United States, 1971
Drama, Thriller, Cult

Synopsis

A schoolteacher, stuck in a teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in a mining town on his way home for Christmas. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the money to move back to Sydney for good, he embarks on a five-day nightmarish odyssey of drinking, gambling, and hunting.

Synopsis

A schoolteacher, stuck in a teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in a mining town on his way home for Christmas. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the money to move back to Sydney for good, he embarks on a five-day nightmarish odyssey of drinking, gambling, and hunting.

Our take

This classic of ’70s “Ozploitation” is a terrifying, oppressive descent to the heart of darkness that follows no rules but its own. Long thought lost, this unforgettable horror—veritably scorched by the heat of the sun—is now a rightful cult hit, with fans including Martin Scorsese and Nick Cave!