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7.3
/10
78 Ratings

Ghosts... of the Civil Dead

Directed by John Hillcoat
Australia, 1988
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

The inmates and guards of a modern, clean and efficient maximum security wing are slowly and increasingly brutalised until they erupt in violence. Dark and macabre, and based in truth, the story is told in a traditional dramatic style combined with telephone interviews and narration.

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Ghosts... of the Civil Dead Directed by John Hillcoat

Critics reviews

Though based on a novel and framed as a piece of sci-fi, it stings like the truth. Hillcoat’s film leaps through time, skipping to new lows like a hardcore kid skipping tracks on a Jesus Lizard album, dank corridors bridging the gap between the horrendous fiction and reality.
March 27, 2014
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While there are narrative threads that are developed – and the whole film is a ticking time bomb building up to the events that the audience are forewarned will result in a full lockdown within the fictional Central Industrial Prison – Ghosts… of the Civil Dead is mostly comprised of fragmented moments.
March 23, 2014
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