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Razorback (1984)

A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but acquitted. The ... See full summary »

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Beth Winters
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Danny
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Turner
Don Smith ...
Wallace
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Andy
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Louise Cullen
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A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but acquitted. The next victim is an American TV-journalist. Her husband Carl gets there and starts to search for the truth. The local inhabitants won't really help him, but he is joined by a hunter and a female farmer to find the beast. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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It's waiting outside and it can sense your fear. No nightmare will prepare you for it! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Dödens käftar  »

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Budget:

AUD 5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,331, 18 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,000
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Trivia

After the release of the film Russell Mulcahy received a surprise phone call from Stephen Spielberg curious on how he achieved some of the effects in the dream sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake Cullen: [to Scotty] Come on, off to bed. There, there, Scotty. Now, now, now, boy, it's alright.
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Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 1: Movie Monsters (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ease on Down the Road
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Written by Charlie Smalls
A small snatch is sung by Dicko Baker (David Argue)
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fantastic piggy fun
4 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Judging by the external reviews, quite a few people appear to hate this film. I can see why, but I think they're coming at it from the wrong angle.

I see it as - intentionally - trying to send up the whole genre of vengeful animals horror flicks. In truth, neither sharks nor grizzlies, and certainly not razorback hogs, are smart enough to conceptualize, let alone carry out, acts of vengeance on humankind. The film simply takes the "rules" of this particular genre and applies them to a ludicrously unfit vehicle: a giant pig. And there are some pretty funny scenes, notably one where the monster eats a nasty watchdog that's chained to the side of a house; naturally, the corner of the house to which the chain is attached comes off and Joe Couch Potato is left sitting in a wall-less abode, staring quizzically as his television disappears into the outback.

Treat it as comedy, and the film makes a lot more sense.


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