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There’s Something in the Pilliga (2014) – Movie Review

There's Something in the Pilliga (2014) - Movie Review

Well, this movie has apparently been floating around since 2014, and I didn’t know anything about it until a fortnight ago – nice one site regular Juxax (I don’t have your real name!).

Anyway, this Found Footage offering is from the new wave of improving Aussie horror titles and is directed by a dude named Dane Millerd (No – I’ve never heard of him before either, but apparently he’s worked on Death’s Waiting Room and The Subject).

Now, normally I would skim over movies like this, because I’m a little bit of a ‘title snob’.

What do I mean by this?

Well, I have a sort of aversion, or allergic reaction, to films with a completely stupid fucking title – this one fits that bill!

But it was recommended to me, and it did perk my interest when I found out more about it’s demographic, and it’s subject…

The Plot 

The Pilliga Yowie, – or ‘Jingra’ – has haunted the Australian outback for centuries, stalking a remote part of New South Wales, where men seldom dare tread, content to keep to itself… until now. Ocker truck driver Jay and his cameraman buddy Dylan journey into the PIlliga National Park with some drunken sheila’s they meet in a pub. Things take a sinister turn when a local legend comes out to play – complete with big teeth, sharp claws and a craving for human flesh!

Something Gripped Me…

I’ll level with you here – normally a movie this stretched out, with this kind of slow burn of a build, would end up getting completely shit-panned by me on this site. But something about this movie had me slightly gripped.

The female characters that enter the story got right on my tits, and they didn’t improve my mood the further into the movie I went…

But still I was slightly gripped by what I was watching.

The lead character of Jay, who was played brilliantly by Brendan Byrne, was a complete stereotypical Aussie outback cock…but still the film managed to hold my interest.

I’m afraid I’m not able to put my finger on it outright – but this movie definitely has ‘something’ (no pun intended) about it that is fresh and effective.

Conclusion

So it worked – well it did for me anyway!

Now, I’m not saying that the film was a perfect Found Footage classic – far from it. I’m saying it had something a lot of Found Footage titles seem to lack these days.

A lot of these Ozploitation movies over the last decade or so have made quite wonderful use of the stunning Australian landscape – There’s Something in the Pilliga is no different.

Dane Millerd has located some really diverse rural settings for the film, which were interesting enough in themselves. One Aussie peasant ‘abode’ in particular was standout…and it gave us a brilliant cameo character!

As I touched on above – the movie does unfortunately float on a rather long build, but this build is quite original and easily watchable (well it was for me, anyway!).

The last 15 minutes of the film break into your more typical Found Footage experience – this time running around the Pilliga National Park forest with one hell of a shaky cam.

But this worked out fine – it was a decent Found Footage climax and there were some semi-decent scare moments.

The FX were good enough without being ground-breaking – your more typical ‘creature-in-the-woods’ level of indie filmmaking (they only had a 450,000 AUD budget to work with!).

All in all, it kept me watching from start to finish, and I wasn’t disappointed I sat through it (for once!).

You can’t ask for more than that on a Sunday night! 🙂

Chris

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