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browniemcfi

Absolutely bizarre and captivating film, hauntingly beautiful, one of those films you think about long after the credits roll.
10 years 6 months ago
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blackbright

An Australian masterpiece.
10 years 11 months ago
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george4mon

amazing film!
9 years 2 months ago
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samdeking

This is such an amazing film.
10 years 6 months ago
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-1flb2-

Very good authentic period piece. Nice attention to detail and enjoyable to watch. Definitely had an eeriness to it.
5 years 1 month ago
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sr78

Agree with ignatzkat, this is not a horror movie. Even calling it a thriller is a stretch, as its pacing is quite slow. Excellent movie in its own right though.
10 years 9 months ago
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ignatzkat

Calling this a horror film seems like a stretch. It has a lot in common with the director's later film Dead Poets Society, but this one whispers what Dead Poets screams.
10 years 11 months ago
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Siskoid

On the mystery, rather than thriller, end of the horror spectrum, Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock is justly called a haunting masterpiece, using painterly mise-en-scène, diaphanous dissolves, soft focus, and slight overcranking to contextualize the disappearance of three young girls and their teacher as an eerie dream, and Hanging Rock as an antediluvian force that's more Quatermass or Lovecraft than it is Sunlit Gothic, as the Victorian Australian setting would make us suppose. The metaphorical grounding here is the girls making a choice between Victorian repression, represented by their school, and the freedom of the strange wilderness, at odds with the school. In adapting the novel, Weir had significant challenges. The supernatural climax of the story occurs very early, and how people react to the disappearances makes up its bulk. In this second part, it becomes a psychological ghost story, with haunting visions of the missing girls, and the theme finding its way into the one girl who wasn't allowed to go on the picnic and her own choice to escape the rigid structures of the Empire. Audiences who watch movies for complete and unambiguous plots will not find their due.
1 year ago
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chryzsh

Very poetic, but I still found it a bit inconclusive
5 years 9 months ago
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IamNeurotica

Atmospheric for sure. Interesting. Artistic. Curious.
But this movie does not belong in the Horror category anywhere and at anytime. It's maybe a mystery/drama?
The director definitely had a vision, which I appreciated, but I would have liked more from this.
6 years 2 months ago
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Jimbo Slice

Unique and eerie film. Doesn't fit the mold of a horror film but still invokes fear and anxiety just the same. spoiler
7 years 7 months ago
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samoan

I don't know if it is just me but I found this movie to be painfully slow paced and boring. Interesting story but it was just too slow for my tastes.
4 years 4 months ago
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Jace Lightner

Decent.
7 years 7 months ago
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ClassicLady

I love a good mystery. But I also like them to have a definite solution. This one gives me one of those. Still, a very good movie.
7 years 11 months ago
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mook

I saw the 'original version' of this dreamlike Australian oddity. Its like a mellow 'Suspiria' and just as unsatisfying. 5/10.
10 years 7 months ago

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