Wake in Fright ★★★★★

In a word, harrowing. Probably one of the scariest films you've ever seen that doesn't really qualify as horror, this Australian-shot classic is an oppressive tale of a traveling teacher who gets stuck in a dingy and depressing mining town when he drunkenly gambles away his paycheck. Gary Bond's luckless teacher is drawn into a intensely vulgar culture of binge drinking and brutal masculinity that culminates in a (purposely) unsettling kangaroo hunt, his life turned into an unending nightmare from which he cannot--and sometimes does not want to--escape. Donald Pleasance has never been better as the alcoholic doctor that either befriends Bond or won't leave him alone until he's insane. So dark and gritty you'll be picking outback sand out of your teeth for days.

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