Director: Sam Toy

Tagline: Outback horror story

On a lonely road in the Australian outback a family row spills over at a deserted petrol station. That is not the worst thing however, a strange presence seems to be observing the conflict making some members of the family feel uneasy.

Sure enough, not far down the road the car breaks down. One family member walks back, another stays with the car and the third goes on alone. What they don’t know is that an evil force patrols the road, feeding on the conflict of those travelling along it. We see what happens to each of them and the whole thing begins again when another car approaches the turn off for the road.

I enjoyed this movie as you don’t often see horror movies set in Australia (Houseboat Horror doesn’t count.) The landscape and characters are much different to those you would expect in such a film.

I also like how it managed to present the story in an original way, showing that not all horror genre films have to be set at night or somewhere where there are people.

The special effects were also really good and believable to the degree required for the story. My favourite effects were the demon tow-truck and the ghost wrecker’s yard.

I am sure that there are many other Australian horror stories and urban legends that could be given this treatment. I look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

Rating: 8/10

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