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Frenchman's Farm (1987)

An Australian woman's car breaks down in the country, and when she goes to get help, she's whisked back in time to 1944 and witnesses a murder. Returning to her car, time reverts to normal,... See full summary »

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Ron Way

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James Fishburn (script), Ron Way (script) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracey Tainsh Tracey Tainsh ... Jackie Grenville
David Reyne David Reyne ... Barry Norden
Norman Kaye ... Reverend Aldershot
John Meillon ... Bill Dolan
Ray Barrett ... Harry Benson
Phil Brock Phil Brock ... John Hatcher
Andrew Blackman ... John Mainsbridge
Andrew Johnston ... William Morris
Errol O'Neill Errol O'Neill ... Programmer
Penny Jones Penny Jones ... Programmer
Gennifer Flowers Gennifer Flowers ... Mrs. Grenville (as Jennifer Flowers)
Kym Lynch Kym Lynch ... George Slater
Ian Leigh-Cooper Ian Leigh-Cooper ... Librarian
Lynne Schofield Lynne Schofield ... Madame Cheveraux
Rod Warren Rod Warren ... Television Newsreader
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An Australian woman's car breaks down in the country, and when she goes to get help, she's whisked back in time to 1944 and witnesses a murder. Returning to her car, time reverts to normal, but unable to convince anyone of her story, she investigates the crime herself. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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The farm . . . where the calendar plays strange tricks. See more »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francuska farma See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Dolby

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »

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Don't You Make the Same Mistake Again
Performed by Kevin Boddington
Written by Peter Byrne and Garry Smith
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Not what you expect, but BETTER!
21 January 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Frenchman's Farm" is one of the most compelling and strangely unsettling mystery/thrillers I've seen in a long while, and it's a damn shame that the film isn't more known or easier available on disc, like it deserves to be. EDIT: apparently the film is available on DVD, so what are you waiting for? It has a great basic premise (although admittedly not without flaws) and the atmosphere is thoroughly ominous, the only exception being overlong images of a music concert. Too many potentially great 80's movies, whether horror or not, were ruined by long stretches of music edited into the story, but luckily enough the plot of "Frenchman's Farm" is strong enough to overcome that error and, besides, it only occurs once. Whilst on the road all by herself, young law student Jackie gets stuck in an unexplained time warp. She arrives at a remote farm but before she can talk to anyone she witnesses a creepy guy chopping off the head of a farmer with a shovel. He then comes after her, but she's transferred back to modern times before he can get to her. During the next few days, Jackie discovers the murder really occurred 40 years ago and an innocent man got charged with it. She convinces her disbelieving boyfriend to help investigate the matter and together they reveal some strange facts in the little town where the Frenchman's Farm is located. The neighbors are friendly and helpful but appear to hide a secret; the place bathes in a strange lavender odor and what exactly happened on the continuously reoccurring date of the 29th of February? The slowly unfolding mystery plot "Frenchman's Farm" is extremely suspenseful and absorbing. Parallel with the kids' investigation, local authorities also dig up the case from the archives and out the roots of the case date back all the way to time of Napoleon and guillotine executions. The events in the film demand your full attention and then still it sometimes gets too confusing and overly complex. It's also too sad the time warp never fully gets clarified. The warp is a nice and sinister given, and undeniably essential to the story, but at the same time it's the only truly implausible obstacle in the otherwise impeccable story. "Frenchman's Farm" primarily isn't a horror film, but the depicted murder at the beginning is extremely grisly. Jackie's nightmare about her boyfriend beheaded by the guillotine is truly disturbing as well, not in the least because it's the only scene filmed in eerie black and white. The last couple of twists are unpredictable, shocking as hell and – in my humble amateur opinion – uplift the wholesome to being a true masterpiece. The killer is one of the creepiest guys I've ever seen! Numerous close-ups reveal his dead-staring eyes and the way he carries around a pickax alone is already horrifying. The actor, Phil Brock, should have appeared in more films of the same kind. "Frenchman's Farm" is a rare diamond in the rough 80's swamp and it urgently demands a glorious rediscovery by fans of cult cinema. Masterful film, and finally one that fully lives up to the promotional writing on the VHS-cover, namely 'A Chilling Trip into the Unknown".


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