Long Weekend (1978)

A warring couple with no respect for the environment heads off to a remote beach along the Australian coastline for a weekend getaway, but the trip turns into a deadly struggle for survival when Mother Nature exacts her revenge! Where most killer animal movies of the 1970's and 80's belonged to a class of lower-budgeted B-movies (save for JAWS and select others), Colin Eggleston's thrilling LONG WEEKEND is of a far more serious and frightening nature. Peter and Marcia's callous disregard for their surroundings and contempt for each other makes them easy targets as they set out on their destructive path through the outback. They are the true villains here. For everything that the couple lacks in likeability, they more than make up for in believability. Their marital strife and personal anguish are sympathized where their actions are not. Vincent Monton's incredible cinematography paints a picturesque landscape out of the lush Australian scenery, while Eggleston uses the camera as an ominous presence that finds danger lurking at every turn. With a pair of excellent performance from both John Hargreaves and Briony Behets, LONG WEEKEND stands out as one of the greatest examples within the "nature fights back" genre.

Rating: 9/10.

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