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(1981)

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Joseph Cotten's last film
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The airplane crash sequence at the beginning of the film took several weeks to set up for filming. It was filmed on a vacant block of land at Panorama, south of Adelaide, South Australia. Over 2000 onlookers turned up to watch the spectacular scene being filmed which took only thirty minutes of filming time for the plane to be completely destroyed by fire.
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This was the first Australian movie to cost more than $1 million (Australian) to make. Reportedly, the budget was actually $1.1 million (Australian).
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First ever filmed adaptation of a novel by James Herbert.
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This movie was made and released about five years after its source novel 'The Survivor' by James Herbert was first published in 1976.
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Director Brian Trenchard-Smith made an eighteen minute promo reel of this film to show to potential buyers at film markets.
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This movie, according to 'Antony I Ginnane' on the DVD special feature, was the first or one of the first ever Australian films to pre-sell at the script stage to an overseas territory.
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According to 'Antony I Ginnane' on the DVD special feature, this movie was the first Australian theatrical feature film to have a completion bond and a completion guarantor so as to guarantee the completion of the picture.
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Most of the scenes featuring Australian actors Angela Punch McGregor and Peter Sumner were cut from this movie.
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Australian actors Peter Sumner and Angela Punch McGregor went public to the media when most of their performances in this film were left on the cutting-room floor.
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Three foreign actors, Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, and Joseph Cotten, were imported to Australia to headline this Australian film.
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Four imported actors were originally wanted by the producers to headline this Australian movie. These were Robert Powell), Joseph Cotten, Samantha Eggar and Susan George. The latter two actresses were not cast in the film due to a block by Australian Actor's Equity despite an appeal to the Australian Arbitration Commission. In the end, three non-Australian actors headlined this picture.
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The Church used for the morgue was St. John's Anglican in Salisbury SA - in 1989 it burnt down.
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On learning of the project, James Herbert, author of the source novel, sent a note to David Hemmings offering his assistance. He never received a reply, and in 1988 dismissed this and the later Deadly Eyes (1982) as "terrible ... absolute rubbish."
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This film is notable for its spectacular opening plane crash sequence.
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Second of two Australian theatrical feature films that starred English actor Robert Powell). The first was Harlequin (1980). Both films involved supernatural themes.
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First of two Australian theatrical feature films that were directed by David Hemmings in the early 1980s. The second was Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981).
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This movie is notable for its movie poster where the image of a pilot (actor Robert Powell) has a hollow face whilst his face is positioned alongside his torso.
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Second of two Australian theatrical feature films that starred English actress Jenny Agutter. The first had been Walkabout (1971) about a decade earlier.
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Just the third film as a cinematographer for Academy Award winning DOP John Seale. Seale's first two theatrical feature films as a D.O.P. had been Deathcheaters (1976) and Fatty Finn (1980).
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This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie.
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Roger Cardwell: The Adelaide news-reader as a Flight Engineer.
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