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Red Dog; True Blue Poster

Summary: An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Kriv Stenders

Screenwriter: Daniel Taplitz

Cast: Josie Alec (Abby), Caitlin Berestford-Ord (Catherine), Syd Brisbane (Big John), Bryan Brown (Grandpa), Kee Chan (Jimmy Umbrella), Justine Clarke (Diane Carter), Thomas Cocquerel (Stemple), Jon Doust (McLeod), Alla Hand (Gilliam Shaw), Jason Isaacs (Michael Carter), John Jarratt (Lang Hangcock), Hanna Mangan Laurence (Betty), Steve Le Marquand (Little John), Winta McGrath (Nicholas Carter), Zen McGrath (Theo Carter), Levi Miller (Mick), Kelton Pell (Durack), Igor Sas (Dr. Samuel), Calen Tassone (Taylor Pete)

Runtime: 88 mins

Classification: PG



David Griffiths:

Nobody ever expected the original Red Dog film to go onto the greatness that it did when it was released back in 2011. Somehow the little Aussie family film showed the world that the Australian film industry wasn’t dead. While the industry had seen many Aussie filmmakers try the comedy vein, it seems it was the family comedy vein that still had life in it. The film grossed over $21 million in Australia alone.

Of course, not surprisingly word of a Red Dog sequel started to seep through while the first film was still raking in money at the box office. The only man who didn’t seem interested in the concept was the director Kriv Stenders (Boxing Day) who was already busy on his next project – the cult film Kill Me Three Times starring Simon Pegg. Along the way, though something changed and now five years later we find ourselves sitting down to watch a prequel to the original – Red Dog: True Blue.

There is little wonder that Stenders was nervous about making another Red Dog film, a dud could tarnish the legacy that the first left behind. Luckily though Stenders once again teamed up with screenwriter Daniel Taplitz (Chaos Theory) and together the two men came up with a film that is different enough from the original film to give it its own identity, but not different enough to alienate fans of the first in the series.

This second film is told through the eyes of a Perth father Michael Carter (Jason IsaacsBlack Hawk Down) who after watching the original Red Dog movie in the cinema recounts the story of how he was actually the original owner of Red… or Blue as he was called back then. His story tells of his younger self (Levi MillerPan) being forced to leave home because of his mentally unstable mother and moving to outback Western Australia where he lived with his grandfather (Bryan BrownAustralia). On a cattle station.

The story sees Mick meet Blue and tells of the adventures that they had together including Mick falling in love for the first time, with his tutor the young and beautiful Betty (Hanna Mangan Laurence Acolytes).

Fans of the original film will see very early on that Stenders and Taplitz are onto a winning formula when they see the creative way that leads to Michael Carter telling his story. While it seems a little strange for the film to be referencing the first film so openly, but at that same time it so creative that you can’t help but applaud at the pure genius act that the two men have managed to deliver.

While Red Dog: True Blue is creative it does lack a little of the emotion that we felt from the first film. I’m man enough to admit that I teared up twice during Red Dog, but here Stenders and co takes the film in a completely different direction, this time the film is a pure coming of age story that sees a young boy take his dog with him on the start of life’s journey. While the film does also have a few moments that are likely to make you chuckle it doesn’t have anywhere near as many comedic moments as the first movie either.

Those that benefit from Stenders work here is the cast. Levi Miller is almost unrecognisable as the younger version of Mick and he settles into the period style of the film well. It is great to see Hanna Mangan Laurence back on the big screen and hopefully, we see her there again soon while as usual Bryan Brown leads the way with a mature performance as he leads the cast despite seemingly being in auto-pilot for most of the film. The big scene stealer here though is John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) who has a cameo as mining magnate Lang Hancock… and boy is it a cameo to remember.

Red Dog: True Blue is a smooth, enjoyable ride for the whole family. It might not reach the heights that the first film did but it is still a film that holds its own and reminds audiences just how fun it still can be to watch a coming-of-age story. The fact that it is being released on Boxing Day makes it the perfect family cinema outing this holiday season.





Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)


IMDB Rating:  No rating available.


Other Subculture Entertainment Red Dog: True Blue Reviews: Dave Griffiths broadcast a Red Dog: True Blue on 2UE’s That’s Entertainment on the 8th December, 2016.


Well you’ve seen Dave’s best movies of 2015 now it is time for his 2015 Worst Movies List… just count those unnecessary sequels.


1. Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Not many movies over my journey as a film critic have made me want to leave the cinema during a media screening, but Into The Woods did. I stayed… but gee I wish I hadn’t.


2. StalkHer


John Jarratt has starred in one of Australia’s best horror movies and now he also stars in the one worst. StalkHer was a dull snoozefest horror that seemed to strangely glorify domestic violence.


3. Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

The Wachowski’s have delivered some real duds in recent years and Jupiter Ascending kept that going. One of the worst screenplays of not only this year but of all time.


4. Dumb And Dumber To

Dumb And Dumber To

The first movie in this franchise was a comedy classic, but sadly this unnecessary follow-up barely provided any laughs.


5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Like Dumb & Dumber the first Paul Blart was kind of okay… but the sequel was terrible.


6.  Penguins Of Madagascar

Penguins Of Madagascar

The Madagascar series of animated films has produced some gems along the way but the spin-off Penguins film was one of this year’s low lights.


7. Mortdecai


His dogs weren’t the only unwanted things that Johnny Depp brought to Australia this year. Mortdecai should have quarantined and put down just for being terrible. Depp even managed to drag down the normally dependable Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.


8. Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL

Like so many other films this year this was an unnecessary sequel. Magic Mike XXL seemed to disregard everything that happened in the first film and just went for sex appeal. I’d say terrible screenplay but I don’t think there was one.


9. Macbeth


Now I love Shakespeare so this was a film I was looking forward to all year. Sadly the fact that the actors mumbled their way through their performances meant the film was almost unwatchable.


10. Ruben Guthrie

Ruben Guthrie

The screenwriter for Ruben Guthrie only went to film school for one day, they learned how to write cliches and that’s all. Terrible film.


Just missed out:

The Heckler, Fantastic Four, Inside Out, Holding The Man

Knock Knock Monster Pictures

After the first wave of announcements last week saw the release of the official Monster Fest 2015 poster, that SCARE CAMPAIGN would be the opening night film, plus the announcement that this year’s special guests will include the likes of Butch Patrick (The MUNSTERS), Fred Williamson (FROM DUSK TO DAWN) and Dee Wallace (E.T.), Monster Fest, Australia’s premier cult and horror film festival, is proud to announce the second stage of programming and ticket sales for Monster Fest 2015 – 26th to 29th of November at Australia’s newest home of cult cinema, The Lido Cinema in Hawthorn, Melbourne.


Over the coming weeks, the FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT will include details of over 40 feature films – ‘Official Selection’ and retro gems, two short film programs – ‘Trasharama’ and ‘Monster Shorts’, more guests, bands, Monster Market, Munstapalooza horror hot rods, and more.


Meanwhile, here’s a fresh sack of treats for Monster Fest fans:



It’s been 10 years since Australian actor John Jarratt first morphed into the now legendary horror ‘baddie’ Mick Taylor and began menacing (and murdering) backpackers in the harsh Australian wilderness.


To celebrate Mick’s reign of bloody terror, MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that this year’s program will include a special 10th Anniversary Screening of director Greg McLean’s Aussie horror masterpiece, WOLF CREEK. Aside from John Jarratt (DJANGO UNCHAINED) WOLF CREEK also stars Cassandra Macgrath (SCARE CAMPAIGN), Kestie Morassi (TV’S SATISFACTION) and Nathan Phillips (THESE FINAL HOURS).


In 1988 Melbourne director Ray Boseley created one of the greatest cult movies ever produced in this country, SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM.  Released only on VHS back in the day, the film has built a dedicated fan base over the years, who have yearned to see it once again in all its big screen glory.


Cast and Crew from both films, including John Jarratt, Greg McLean, Ray Boseley and Clayton Jacobson will be attending and presenting Q&A sessions post screening.



Remember that special feeling you felt when you first heard the adorable alien E.T. utter the words ‘ET phone home’ in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 Academy Award winning film E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL?

Now fans (and newbies) of all ages can re-fall in love with E.T. as MONSTER FEST is proud to announce a special breakfast screening of E.T. THE EXTRA TERRISTRIAL during which fans will be able to meet actress Dee Wallace who plays Mary (the mother) in the family classic.




MONSTER FEST 2015 will see the World Premiere of a number of Australian films and we are proud to announce two of these today – BULLETS FOR THE DEAD and CAT SICK BLUES.

BULLETS FOR THE DEAD is directed by first time feature director Michael Du-Shane and tells the story of a hardened bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws in his trust and a preacher who are forced to work together and battle their way across the Wild West during the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse! The film stars Christopher Sommers (THE WATER DIVINER), Vanessa Moltzen (I AM EVANGELINE) , Hugh Parker (MY MISTRESS), Troy Mackinder (SANCTUM) and Emma Randall (DAYBREAKERS).

CAT SICK BLUES is an Aussie horror directed by another first timer, Melbourne filmmaker, Dave Jackson. CAT SICK BLUES tells the story of Ted Henson (Matthew C. Vaughan) whose beloved cat dies, triggering a total mental breakdown and prompting him to attempt to reanimate his feline friend – all he needs is nine human lives! This hilariously twisted and unique new film stars Shian Denovan (SAWNY: FLESH OF MAN) and Noah Moon (I’M YOU DICKHEAD).



MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that the Official 2015 Closing Night Film will be director Eli Roth’s (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER, THE GREEN INFERNO) latest film KNOCK KNOCK – a remake of the 1977 psychological thriller DEATH GAME. KNOCK KNOCK tells the twisted tale of a devoted husband and father who tries to do the right thing when 2 young women come knocking on his door looking for help. KNOCK KNOCK stars award-winning actor Keanu Reeves (THE MATRIX, SPEED, JOHN WICK), Lorenza Izzo (THE STRANGER, THE GREEN INFERNO) and Ana de Armas (OVERDRIVE, DAUGHTER OF GOD).


A Closing Night Awards Party, hosted by Melbourne’s ‘Queen of the Crypt’, Cherry Bites, follows the screening and will have festival goers rocking into the wee hours with a performance from much loved Melbourne rockers, ‘The Tarantino’s’!


For Monster Fest 2015 the tickets are easier and cheaper than ever before. All tickets, excluding Opening Night Gala and Party, will be available as individual session tickets, but with so much on, and with an All-day pass so damn cheap, and available now, why stop at one session?

$30 Opening Night Film & Party: The Australian Premiere of The Cairnes Brothers’ SCARE CAMPAIGN followed by a themed party. ON SALE NOW

$20 Single session ticket: All Monster Fest films and events will be available as single session tickets when the full program is announced, but why would you want a single session ticket when day passes are such incredible value, and available now? SINGLE SESSION TICKETS ON SALE SOON

$20 KOOKS & SPOOKS Trivia Extravaganza: Must be purchased as an individual session ticket – is not available with a day pass. ON SALE NOW

$40 Friday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Friday, Includes all Friday sessions, including ATOMIC EDEN and Blaxploitation marathon. Expires 11am Saturday morning.

$40 Saturday All-day pass: Starts 11am Saturday, incudes all Saturday sessions, including THE HOWLING, Dee Wallace ‘Clip n Tell’ and midnight screening of THE HOWLING presented by Cinemaniacs and Dee Wallace

$40 Sunday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Sunday, includes all Sunday sessions, including ‘I Was a Pre-Teen Werewolf’, Closing Night Film KNOCK KNOCK, closing ‘Monster Awards’ party, but excludes Munsterpalooza on the rooftop. Expires midnight Sunday.

These tickets represent incredible value, EVERY film or session (excluding Trivia), for the price of 2 individual sessions – is there a better value festival ticket in this country? Probably not! ON SALE NOW

$50 Munsterpalooza (Sunday only): All the value of the Sunday All-day pass but with the extra value of exclusive access to the Lido rooftop for an afternoon of BBQ, Bands and Beer. Only 80 tickets available. ON SALE NOW

$60 Swinburne Mega Pass: Exclusive to current Swinburne University student cardholders. This ticket will get students into EVERY SESSION at Lido on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, excluding Kooks and Spooks Trivia.

* Does not include Dee Wallace Masterclass or Munstapalooza on the rooftop.

$150 Dee Wallace Acting Masterclass: 5 hour acting masterclass with a cinema icon at Swinburne University. ON SALE NOW
$300 VIP PREMIUM PASS – The Big Daddy of the Monster Fest tickets – This ticket offers unrestricted, fully reserved priority access to EVERY SESSION at the Lido – Opening & Closing films and parties, special events, screenings, Munstapalooza on the rooftop etc, PLUS exclusive merchandise packs, private Special Guests meet a’ greet and much more. ON SALE NOW.




Australian cinema’s scariest bad guy, John Jarratt, has placed himself behind and in front of the camera in his directorial debut, STALKHER, an inappropriately funny, dark, romantic thriller, set for theatrical release in late August, distributed by The Backlot Films.

Written by Kris Maric and co-directed by Kaarin Fairfax (well, Jarratt spends half the film tied to a chair, doesn’t he?), who also co-stars with Jarratt, STALKHER is the tale of two people destined for each other, yet destined to be each other’s demise. Offering raw dialogue and characters that will make you laugh at all the wrong things, STALKHER is a gritty battle of the sexes with verbal and physical blows that come thick and fast. Audiences will be kept guessing as they follow twists and turns that lead them to truly wonder who is the cat and who is the mouse in this demented lover’s game.

Jarratt comments on reading the first draft of the script, “It instantly made me think of MISERY meets WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?”.

The film sees Jarratt in the director’s seat for the first time. He also plays the film’s lead, Jack – a rough, charismatic but jaded pharmacist with a stalking obsession. The tables quickly turn when Jack discovers that his prey has claws. “I spent most of my time directing the film while tied to a chair with my hands bound – a fun challenge that I really enjoyed” says Jarratt.

Fans of WOLF CREEK 1 & 2 will enjoy seeing Jarratt getting his comeuppance – the hunter becoming the hunted.

The film also features distinguished Australian talent, Kaarin Fairfax returning to the big screen as Emily – a friendly nurse with a penchant for baking and bad habits. As things unfold we see that Emily’s scars run deeper than her skin. It doesn’t take long for Jack to realise that Emily is not the woman he thought she was.

Executive Producer and industry veteran Alan Finney was blown away by the final product, “STALKHER is a creative masterpiece that relies on two brilliant performances and great dialogue.”

Taking place over one sweltering summer night, sweat drips as the humid air hangs thick with tension. The thrilling story is set against a rustic Aussie backdrop with a hint of country vintage charm all washed down with a cup of laced hot cocoa. From dark until dawn a twisted and thrilling courtship of the sexes takes place that leads one to wonder which one of them will survive the night.

STALKHER has a powerful soundtrack brimming with internationally renowned Australian music artists and songs sourced from as early as the 1920s and leading up to the present. Featuring the likes of Nick Cave, Skyhooks and Sarah Blasko, with a few surprises – including John Jarratt’s song debut ‘Killer in Me’. The music in the film provides the perfect blend of tension and release. From Aussie rock to country twang and haunting lullabies the soundtrack is characterised by a strong dash of old school rock-n-roll, blues and country.

The Backlot Films director/manager Tony Ianiro is relishing using STALKHER as a flagship film project for The Backlot Films inaugural major cinema release programme. Ianiro says, “Audiences should get ready for a night of sex, cupcakes and rock ‘n’ roll.”

STALKHER’s the ultimate Romeo and Juliet story that got old and bitter, with grit and gusto that will bowl the audiences over in shock and laughter. It’s a dark, demented look at love, sex, and kitchen renovations for the over 40’s.

Exact dates and cinemas releasing STALKHER will be announced shortly.  John Jarratt and Kaarin Fairfax will embark upon a Q&A roadshow in cinemas around Australia from early August.

Wolf Creek 2 Poster

Summary: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Greg Mclean

Screenwriter: Greg Mclean, Aaron Sterns

Cast: Shannon Ashlyn (Katarina Schmidt), Chloe Boreham (Lucille), Annie Byron (Lil), Shane Connor (Senior Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr.), Ryan Corr (Paul Hammersmith), Ben Gerrard (Cop), John Jarratt (Mick Taylor), Gerard Kennedy (Jack), Phillipe Klaus (Rutger Enqvist)

Runtime: 104 mins



Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au


David Griffiths:

The original Wolf Creek film stood out because it brought something new to the horror genre… which at the times was starting to get a little stale. Director Greg Mclean did something a little different with the film. Not only was it beautifully shot as it captured the beauty of the Australian outback but it also mixed a regular thriller style film with the true gory horror of something like Hostel or Saw.

This time around though Mclean has decided to mess with the formula a little. Mclean seems to have taken on board some of the criticisms (albeit that some were completely unfair) of the first film and tried to fix that while also keeping to the horror genre rule that the sequel to a film always needs to be bigger and better than the first film. Whether that makes it better or not though… well that is another story again.

Wolf Creek 2 again sees the return of one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers, the brutal Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). This time Mick finds himself under the gun from scene one with Police Officer Senior Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr. (Shane Connor) trying to make life hell for them.

Once he has overcome that little hurdle though Mick soon finds himself chasing backpackers again – in the form of Katarina Schmidt (Shannon Ashlyn) and Rutger Enqvist (Phillipe Klaus) although he again runs into trouble when meddling Englishman Paul Hammersmith (Ryan Corr) begins to get in the way of all his plans.

This is kind of horror film that fans of the genre are either going to really love or really hate. Things such as giving Mick a bit of a comical edge is certainly going to divide fans. On one hand it does create a bit of a buffer for Mclean seeing that this time around we see a more sinister edge to Taylor but at the same time horror purists are certainly going to argue that it does hold the film back a bit.

Perhaps the biggest thing that needs addressing with Wolf Creek 2 is that it feels like Mclean has almost made this three films in one. First of all it’s Mick vs The Cops, then it’s Mick vs The Germans and then lastly Mick vs Paul, and to be really honest the film doesn’t kick into top gear at all until the third storyline, especially when we finally get to see into Mick’s lair.

Mclean it seems is also very proud to show off some of Australia’s rich film history with Wolf Creek 2. There is certainly some scenes that seem to pay tribute to some great Australia Ozploitation flicks such as Turkey Shoot or Fair Game while the car chases could have come straight out of any of the Mad Max films. But no chases featuring big rigs or CGI kangaroos is going to make up for the fact that for most of Wolf Creek 2 the story badly lets it down.

When it comes to the acting Wolf Creek 2 certainly doesn’t test it’s cast too much. John Jarratt seems to handle the change of being an intense character with some comedy elements pretty well… but then what do you expect from an actor who over the years has done things as broad as hosting a Home And Gardens renovations show and also a kid’s show. The acting talents of Aussie greats like Shane Connor and Gerrard Kennedy seem wasted in their roles while Ryan Corr does his best to get noticed but even he isn’t given a massive amount to work with.

There is no simple way to say it. Wolf Creek 2 is good but for very different reasons to the original Wolf Creek. Kudos to Greg Mclean for sticking to his guns and making a politically incorrect horror but purists of the genre should be warned that there may be one or two things that you don’t approve of.


Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Wolf Creek 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Wolf Creek 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68 for our full Wolf Creek 2 review.


Wolf Creek 2 Poster

A new Wolf Creek 2 clip has been released. The film which is directed by Greg Mclean and stars John Jarratt, Ryan Corr and Shannon Ashlyn will be released in Australia on the 20th Feb, 2014.

You can view the Wolf Creek 2 clip below.





100 Bloody Acres

Summary: When three young suburbanites head off to a music festival in the country, a car breakdown is all they need. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of local organic fertiliser trader Reg, who stops and invites the partygoers to wait for help back at the farm he runs with his brother, Lindsay. But is Reg a good Samaritan or a good businessman? With a big order pending and the brothers seeking to improve their product, will the three youths find themselves pushing up daisies?

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes

Screenwriter: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes

Cast: Oliver Ackland (James), Paul Blackwell (Charlie Wick), Ward Everaardt (Bernard St. John), Damon Herriman (Reg Morgan), John Jarratt (Burke), Jamie Kristian (Wesley), Anna McGahan (Sophie), Chrissie Page (Nancy), Angus Sampson (Lindsay Morgan)

Runtime: 90 mins



Adam Ross: Stars(4) 

Please check Adam’s review of ‘100 Bloody Acres’ that is available on The Crat

David Griffiths:Stars(4) 

Please check Dave’s review of ‘100 Bloody Acres’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43

Greg King: Stars(4)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘100 Bloody Acres’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nicks’s review of ‘100 Bloody Acres’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  100 Bloody Acres (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘100 Bloody Acres′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43 for more reviews of ‘100 Bloody Acres’.