Ozploitation archive - New Wave Aussie cinema from the 70's & 80's

by jrdatak | created - 30 Oct 2011 | updated - 30 Oct 2011 | Public

An archive of Australia's exploitation films from the Australian New Wave era, otherwise known as Ozploitation thanks to one the best documentaries ever made Not Quite Hollywood - for more info: Wiki - Ozploitation

Note: this list isn't in any particular order and is by no means complete, suggestions welcome! When I get a chance to watch as many as I can I'll make up a 'best of' list.

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1. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,524 | Gross: $0.02M

One of the best documentaries I've ever seen!! I've always been into Aussie movies but I had no idea that most of these even existed. Even if it is mostly just about Aussie film's, it feels like a great expose of the deviant side of Aussie culture in the 70's and 80's... ockers, boobs, guns and cars. I guarantee you that you'll be instantly sucked in and if you're like me it might just inspire you to check out exploitation films of all genres. Check it out, fkn yea!

2. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 168,231 | Gross: $8.75M

3. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 147,821 | Gross: $12.47M

4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.

Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie | Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn

Votes: 112,491 | Gross: $36.20M

5. Dead End Drive-In (1986)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Horror

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde

Votes: 2,043

6. The Chain Reaction (1980)

92 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Barry | Stars: Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson, Ralph Cotterill

Votes: 607

7. Wake in Fright (1971)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

88 Metascore

After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay

Votes: 7,467 | Gross: $0.05M

8. Fair Game (1986)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A young woman running a wildlife sanctuary in the Australian outback is in for trouble when she is confronted by three kangaroo hunters. Bored with killing kangaroos, they decide to kill ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Andreacchio | Stars: Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who

Votes: 526

9. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day

Votes: 3,019

10. The Dragon Flies (1975)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up.

Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward

Votes: 959

11. Turkey Shoot (1982)

R | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Deviants are held at a rehabilitation fortress until they're set into a deadly game of survival, in the hopes of returning to world society.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig, Carmen Duncan

Votes: 2,373

12. Patrick (1978)

PG | 96 min | Horror

A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar, Bruce Barry

Votes: 2,281

13. Razorback (1984)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

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 »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood

Votes: 4,576 | Gross: $0.15M

14. Howling III (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

A strange race of human-like marsupials appear suddenly in Australia, and a sociologist who studies these creatures falls in love with a female one. Is this a dangerous combination?

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Barry Otto, William Yang, Imogen Annesley, Deby Wightman

Votes: 3,745

15. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 19,381

16. Road Games (1981)

PG | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer on a desolate Australian highway.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page

Votes: 3,726

17. Dark Age (1987)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror

In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace. During the hunt, one of the guides... See full summary »

Director: Arch Nicholson | Stars: John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps, Burnham Burnham

Votes: 582

18. Stone (1974)

103 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

Members of the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club are being knocked off one by one, and someone needs to find out why! Sandy Harbutt's timeless Australian cult film about a bunch of renegades riding Kawasaki 900s.

Director: Sandy Harbutt | Stars: Deryck Barnes, Sandy Harbutt, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Lex Mitchell

Votes: 1,032

19. Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil, Frank Thring

Votes: 1,009

20. Midnite Spares (1983)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After discovering that a group of car thieves may have something to do with his father's untimely death, Steve pursues the criminals and attempts to capture them as well as prove his prowess as a racecar driver.

Director: Quentin Masters | Stars: James Laurie, Gia Carides, Max Cullen, Bruce Spence

Votes: 102

21. Deathcheaters (1976)

93 min | Action, Adventure

Two best friends, Vietnam War veterans turned stunt men, are sent as spies to the Philippines on a top secret mission for the Australian government.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: John Hargreaves, Grant Page, Margaret Gerard, Ziggy

Votes: 102

22. Thirst (1979)

R | 93 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps, Henry Silva

Votes: 985

23. BMX Bandits (1983)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: David Argue, John Ley, Nicole Kidman, Angelo D'Angelo

Votes: 4,009

24. Age of Consent (1969)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran, Neva Carr-Glynn

Votes: 1,997

25. The Naked Bunyip (1970)

Not Rated | 136 min | Comedy, Documentary

A shy young man is hired by an ad agency to conduct a survey on sex in Australia. The somewhat clueless young man investigates homosexuality, transvestites, prostitution, and strip clubs ... See full summary »

Director: John B. Murray | Stars: Graeme Blundell, Barry Humphries, Gordon Rumph, James R. Ball

Votes: 43

26. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)

114 min | Comedy

Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook

Votes: 624

27. Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)

93 min | Comedy

Barry McKenzie's Aunt Edna is kidnapped by Count Von Plasma, the vampire head of an isolated Eastern European dictatorship who mistakes her for the Queen of England and thinks that ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Donald Pleasence, Ed Devereaux

Votes: 201

28. The Sex Therapist (1973)

R | 87 min | Comedy

Australian waterbed salesman Alvin Sees a psychiatrist about his irresistibilty to women

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Graeme Blundell, Abigail, Lynette Curran, Christine Amor

Votes: 388

29. Alvin Rides Again, and Again! And Again! And Again! (1974)

89 min | Comedy

Alvin Purple, the world's most unlikely sex symbol stumbles from woman to woman and job to job in this zany, sexy Australian comedy.

Directors: David Bilcock, Robin Copping | Stars: Graeme Blundell, Alan Finney, Gus Mercurio, Noel Ferrier

Votes: 140

30. Number 96 (1974)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

Further adventures of the Number 96 (1972) crew, on the big screen. After a devastating experience at the hands of a group of bikies Vera Collins recovers at the home of socialite friend ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Benardos | Stars: Johnny Lockwood, Philippa Baker, Gordon McDougall, Sheila Kennelly

Votes: 63

32. World of Sexual Fantasy (1976)

90 min | Comedy

Professor Jurgen Notafreud explores the 10 most common female sexual fantasies.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: John Holmes, Uschi Digard, Candy Samples, Rene Bond

Votes: 327

33. Fantasm Comes Again (1977)

X | 99 min | Comedy

An intern and a professional writer at a newspaper agency read over 10 different erotic letters detailing the erotic escapes of various women for their sexual advice column.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: Rick Cassidy, Con Covert, Uschi Digard, Dee Dee Levitt

Votes: 198

34. Felicity (1978)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Young Felicity lives in a monastic school. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny. But then she receives an invitation to her sister in ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Glory Annen, Chris Milne, Joni Flynn, Jody Hanson

Votes: 690

36. Harlequin (1980)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 923

37. The F.J. Holden (1977)

101 min | Drama

Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Kevin and his mate Bob spend their time drinking and cruising around the western suburbs of Sydney in Kevin's yellow FJ Holden, looking for girls. One day ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Thornhill | Stars: Paul Couzens, Carl Stever, Gary Waddell, Karlene Rogerson

Votes: 180

38. High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

Two fun-loving carnival workers take a vacation with the hope of finding plenty of sex and drugs. Their "quest" is fulfilled when they encounter a dope-peddler and two exotic nightclub dancers.

Director: Igor Auzins | Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Grigor Taylor, Wendy Hughes, Sandra McGregor

Votes: 80

39. Houseboat Horror (1989 Video)

85 min | Horror

A rowdy rock group are accompanied by a film crew to desolate Lake Infinity to produce a music video. One night the musicians visit the local pub while the various members of the film crew ... See full summary »

Directors: Kendal Flanagan, Ollie Martin | Stars: Alan Dale, Christine Jeston, Craig Alexander, Des McKenna

Votes: 227

40. Day of the Panther (1988)

84 min | Action

A martial-arts expert goes after a criminal gang and its boss, who were responsible for the death of his partner.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Edward John Stazak, John Stanton, James Richards, Michael Carman

Votes: 285

41. Strike of the Panther (1988)

90 min | Action

Jason Blade is a man who can't bring himself to commit fully to his woman, and who spends all his time with a special crime task force taking on assignments to fight crime and right wrong ... See full synopsis »

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Edward John Stazak, John Stanton, Rowena Wallace, James Richards

Votes: 121

42. Next of Kin (1982)

89 min | Horror, Mystery

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams | Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott, Gerda Nicolson

Votes: 736

43. Lady Stay Dead (1981)

92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A Young woman is looking after her sister's house, unaware that her sister and neighbor have been murdered by their handyman who also happens to be a serial killer.

Director: Terry Bourke | Stars: Chard Hayward, Louise Howitt, Deborah Coulls, Roger Ward

Votes: 223

44. Night of Fear (1972)

54 min | Horror, Thriller

Insane sadistic hermit stalks and captures those who get lost in his part of the woods. A young woman whose car broke down is about to find out what he does with them next.

Director: Terry Bourke | Stars: Norman Yemm, Carla Hoogeveen, Mike Dorsey, Briony Behets

Votes: 271

45. Inn of the Damned (1975)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A sheriff investigates why the guests at a local hostelry check in, but never check out.

Director: Terry Bourke | Stars: Judith Anderson, Alex Cord, Michael Craig, Joseph Fürst

Votes: 246

46. Stage Fright (1980)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Jenny Neumann, Gary Sweet, Nina Landis, Max Phipps

Votes: 450

47. Pacific Banana (1981)

R | 82 min | Comedy

The story of a pair of Australian pilots working for a small South Pacific airline. Paul, a wildly successful womanizer, leaving conquests at every port and Martin, sad and lonely in his ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Graeme Blundell, Robin Stewart, Deborah Gray, Alyson Best

Votes: 119

48. Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

PG | 91 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter,... See full summary »

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: Ken Wahl, Lesley Ann Warren, Donald Pleasence, George Peppard

Votes: 711

50. Scobie Malone (1975)

98 min | Mystery

Sydney homicide detective Sergeant Scobie Malone and his offsider investigate the murder of Helga, whose corpse is found in the basement of the Sydney Opera House.

Director: Terry Ohlsson | Stars: Jack Thompson, Judy Morris, Shane Porteous, Jacqueline Kott

Votes: 35

51. Sidecar Racers (1975)

PG | 100 min | Drama

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