When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn’t in an accommodating mood.::JohnRA

Also Known As: Fin de semana mortal, Dlugi weekend, Véres hétvége, Долгий уикенд Soviet, To weekend tou tromou, Long Weekend, Um Longo Fim de Semana, Largo fin de semana, Sangriento fin de semana

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  • odintsova-zoia-dmitrievna
    odintsova zoia dmitrievna

    From reading the other reviews I am apparently in the minority here. I truly enjoy eerie, deliberately paced Aussie films like Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Last Wave, but I need to care about or at least empathize with the main characters. These 2 protagonists just left me cold. I couldn’t believe for one second that they would go off to the wilds on a long weekend of roughing it, and it was no fun watching them bicker and sulk for 90 minutes. Even when things are going downhill and any sensible person would get the hell out of there, the guy behaves like a total tool and stays. The big revelation at the hour mark seemed like a ridiculous plot device thrown in to keep the viewer interested, rather than a real life situation, and did nothing to explain why the wife would have ever agreed to the weekend trip to the outback beach.I will give both actors credit as they obviously tried hard with their characters, but the script gives them nothing to work with. To call this a classic as some here have done is extremely generous. I’d suggest watching a lot more films before bestowing that honor on this flick. For a more fun “nature turns the tables on man” flick, watch Frogs from 1972; it’s silly but enjoyable. For a truly creepy lost in the woods movie, stick with Blair Witch Project.

  • amanda-hampton
    amanda hampton

    “Long Weekend” is an Aussie film I had never heard of until netflix recommended it to me. Reading the description sure brought an interest. And, I’m glad I listened because I really thought the theme of nature getting even with those who abuse *it*(..the environment and the wild life which inhabit it)was handled excellently. Not heavy-handed, or preaching to the viewer, director Colin Eggleston & writer Everette De Roche subtly build this state of unease throughout as an estranged, constantly bickering, couple, whose marriage has deteriorated due to an abortion and infidelity, decide(..the husband, I mean, because the wife would’ve rather spent the night someplace with a hotel)to spend a weekend camping off the beaten path..the place of refuge they choose happens to be a long labyrinthine wilderness path leading to a gorgeous beach. Here, they spend a momentary lapse of anger, actually embracing each other with love and tenderness, before settling back into the same insulting and arguing which had ripped them apart to begin with.John Hargreaves is the surfer husband Peter, who seems to enjoy the trip, shooting off his rifle, downing liquor, and walking the beach with his dog. He’s not environmentally savvy, and likes to throw bottles into the ocean and shoot at animals. Briony Behets isn’t the *out-doorsy* type, opting for the life in the city around an inner circle. She’s moody and troubled, the abortion has effected how she looks at Peter, and their sex life has waned considerably. She makes the mistake of throwing an eagle’s egg into a tree. Before making it to their beach, Peter had hit a kangaroo on accident. There will be tragic consequences for their violent actions, because in the wilderness and beach they drive into, nature is king and mankind is servant to their powers. Peter and Marcia will reap what they sow. A “dugong”(..an ugly sea cow)is shot by Peter multiple times after “being chased” by the creature in the ocean. Later it’s offspring can be heard afar off seeking it’s mother. Perhaps a manipulation of guilt in the mind(..and maybe not!), the dead sea cow(even after being buried by Peter under sand and shot several times once again)seems to draw closer and closer from the beach to his camp site! And, Peter is even attacked by a possum and eagle! Marcia, in an attempt to escape this place(..going as far as leaving Peter behind!), encounters her own natural dangers, striking at her with a fury. If you read through the user comments, you’ll realize that “Long Weekend” is gaining word-of-mouth. It’s a film crafted well, quite the slow burner, and the impeccable job of building to the appropriate(..for this film)finale brings this dark parable full circle. Special love to Synapse for releasing such an obscure film (which seemed to be a cult favorite sought after by many)worthy of discovery. If you’ve ever experienced that discomfort/paranoia of being deep into the woods away from home where the sounds of night seem scarier than they should and the animals thrive ever so close, “Long Weekend” might just prey on those lingering fears. The idea of nature(..or yourself)not allowing you to escape it’s threshold, pays dividends in giving you the creeps(..this is probably not a film for those with claustrophobia for you feel “boxed in”). The tragedy regarding another van supposedly occupying others really heightens the terror of the situation.

  • rajko-pogacnik
    rajko pogacnik

    this is well worth a watch,atmosphere is great,really strange goings on if only horror could be ever be like this again(not a chance) anyway watch this if you get the chance!

  • e-nagy-ildiko
    e nagy ildiko

    It’s “Deliverance” meets “Blair Witch” meets “When Bunyips Attack!” (err…or don’t attack!) in this expertly filmed bizarre Australian chiller. Peter and Marcia are a young couple going through some unexplained turmoil. They decide to take a holiday on the beach in an isolated woodsy area. They go about, generally Making a Scene, and have about as little respect for their surroundings as they seem to have for each other. The lack of communication between the two and a little bit of enviro-karma leads them to a nightmare holiday that they never anticipated. “Long Weekend” is one of those movies I wasn’t sure what to make of when it finished, but was haunted by it in retrospect and inspired to view multiple times. It is loaded with symbolic imagery and subtle hints of the supernatural that truly get under your skin. It gets bonus points for featuring a beached “bunyip” as one of many ominous antagonists! Creeeepy!

  • diana-cooper
    diana cooper

    Long Weekend is directed by Colin Eggleston and written by Everett De Roche. It stars John Hargreaves and Briony Behets. Music is by Michael Carlos and cinematography by Vincent Monton.Peter and Marcia, their marriage teetering on the rocks, go away for what is hoped will be an idyllic long weekend of camping by the sea. But as they disrespect nature, nature decides enough is enough…Australia has produced some excellent horror movies over the decades, sitting up with the best of them is this, an abject lesson in terror wrung out from a minimalist situation. What you think is just going to be a standard “when animals attack” movie, proves to be something of far more depth and consequence. The animals do indeed attack, after Peter and Marcia carelessly trample nature’s beings and foliage, where she’s a ball of anger and ignorance and he’s a machismo searching buffoon, but the horrors are not merely confined to what old Mother nature responds with, the horrors within the couple’s marriage strike hugely audible chords, even marrying up to events unfolding in this not so idyllic paradise the couple thought they had found.Director Eggleston doesn’t just plunge the couple (and us) straight into terror, he affords time for the story to build, for us to get a handle on the warring pair. He also niftily throws up a grey area in the first quarter by having the first act of carelessness as being accidental, it could happen to you or I, in fact this passage of the film has tricked us into having some empathy with the clearly troubled couple, but then bam! Eggleston puts an axe in Peter’s hand and a can of insecticide in Marcia’s and the film shifts into another gear. Items are brought into the narrative and dangled tantalisingly, but the director isn’t clumsy in reintroducing them at a later point in the picture, the timing is right because now, as the film enters the last third, it’s edge of the seat time.With such a minimalist setting, and using only two humans and their pet dog, the makers need to make their key scenes work to an optimum level. Thankfully that is the case, from a swimming scene to one where Peter is alone at night by the fire being haunted by noises all around him, it’s a film of genuinely scary scenes. This is where the sound department come in and do wonders, the sounds of nature are amplified considerably for total unnerving effect, while the ambient swells for build up sequences gnaw away at the senses. Both Hargreaves and Behets are natural, and excellent because of it, while there’s some beautiful natural Australian vistas brought out of the screen by Monton’s photography.This is not a bloody film, but it doesn’t need to be, it’s an exercise in sharp breath holding terror. Messages and metaphors are there to pay heed to, but mostly this is just bloody great entertainment. 8/10

  • mariano-jacobo-rosales-vergara
    mariano jacobo rosales vergara

    When a couple take a weekend break in an isolated coastal wilderness, they are faced with a natural setting determined to put them in harm’s way…One of a number of naturalistic and hugely intelligent Australian films made in the 1970’s, perhaps Australian cinema’s heyday? Various themes are explored as Peter and Marcia discover their presence is unacceptable – are they being punished for decisions they’ve made? Is their attitude towards the environment the issue? All credit to Hargreaves and Behets in what is basically a two hander, and Eggleston sets up a number of deeply unsettling scenes (the camper van’s roof just visible above the surf; the consequence of Marcia’s return to the campsite). Yes it’s a little dated now, but it still packs an unsettling punch 30 years later.

  • titova-zhanna-efimovna
    titova zhanna efimovna

    I honestly don’t understand why this movie flopped when it was first aired in 1979. It is one of the best films in the horror genre. I saw it years ago as a child and it was one of the films that stayed with me.Long Weekend is a very low key horror. The tension is not ramped up straight away, but builds slowly and steadily. Like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, there is no pat answer to what is actually happening, only that Peter and Marcia, (John Hargreaves and Briony Behets) are not welcome in their part of the bush. And for good reason, neither Peter or Marcia show any respect towards the bush or it’s inhabitants. They carelessly start bushfires, slaughter animals with their negligence and destroy their surroundings.Peter and Marcia are not a very likable couple either, they constantly bicker and it is clear to see that their marriage is in serious trouble.The acting from both John Hargreaves and Briony Behets is excellent, both give a brilliant performance as the rapidly estranging couple that literally come under siege by their surroundings.The final scenes of this film are truly harrowing and I promise, ones that you won’t forget. do yourself a favour, see the original before you see the remake. This is what Aussie cinema used to be like. Brilliant and original.Long Weekend is considered to be an Ozploitation film and even though is was a commercial flop in Australia, it was a huge hit overseas.

  • bianca-ramos
    bianca ramos

    Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) are a city couple going through a very rough time in their marriage. But they still go on a weekend excursion to the wilderness for some camping, hiking, surfing, and the like. The problem is that Mother Nature doesn’t want to help them have a good time; in fact, just the opposite. It’s established early on that they display a callous disregard for the flora and fauna in their midst, and things become nightmarish and keep getting worse.Chalk up another interesting script for the prolific Everett De Roche (“Patrick”, “Roadgames”, “Razorback”), who gives us characters obviously not intended to be sympathetic but still is able to get us involved in their plight. Director & producer Colin Eggleston (“Cassandra”) is able to develop an overwhelmingly sinister and uneasy atmosphere, injecting melodrama from his characters’ lives at select points but never letting it distract from the suspense.Beautiful scenery and impressive widescreen photography by Vincent Monton combine with lush music composed by Michael Carlos and first rate animal action here. In addition, the scenario manages to keep from being overly predictable, and there is a level of surrealism as we see that Peter and Marcia often end up travelling in circles, and an incident during the weekend, involving a dugong, keeps coming back to haunt them. There are effective animal attacks, but these never become the films’ main reason for existing. Instead, the tension between our two main characters (very well played by Hargreaves and Behets) is made more palpable by the situations in which they find themselves.A somber and serious film, this is well worth a look for any follower of the entire “nature strikes back” genre.Eight out of 10.

  • larry-wilkerson
    larry wilkerson

    This is one of my all time favorites. Whilst it takes a bit to get going, what it sets up is an all time great finally. It’s disturbing and intense. Beyond sickening in parts. The film borders and intense psychological thriller and horror, whilst showing probably the most realistic couple in the history of cinema. It’s great, it’s fantastic and it’s as scary as hell. One of the greatest films of all time. Should be idolized by many. It has aged extremely well and continues to frighten in the present day. You will see nothing like this and you will be glad to never experience this in real life. Cold and disturbingly terrifying beyond belief.

  • nicholas-ramsey
    nicholas ramsey

    LONG WEEKEND might not be for everyone – it is slow and subtle and the two leads are suffering from a tragedy and full of self-pity and complaints and I can see how their bickering could get on a viewer’s nerves. But if you STAY WITH THIS film – it pays off. It is because of the slow pace of this film that everything builds perfectly – long a slow boiling pot – bit by bit – as they abuse each other and the natural surroundings around them – and shoot at animals and throw trash in the ocean and basically act like many humans in nature – “I am here and screw everything else” – it all comes to a head and punches you in the face. John Hargreaves is a very underrated Australian actor – he worked a lot in the 70’s and 80’s (Phar Lap, Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, etc.) and sadly died rather young – but he gives a terrific performance playing a rather despicable guy – and if he does not look like a blond Aussie Clive Owen – then I don’t know who does.

  • turova-fiokla-eldarovna
    turova fiokla eldarovna

    I saw this film when I was quite young and it scared the s**t out of me. I must have watched most of it through my fingers. This not because the film is a total gore’athon like most, ‘so called’ horror films, but because of the films unrelenting tension and suspense, supernatural elements and its ability to turn your own imagination against you. This is a skill a lot of writers/directors seem to have forgotten. Of course if you don’t have an imagination then it won’t work which is why a lot of horror films tend to rely heavily on ‘visuals’ and special effects rather than suspense and plot. Unfortunately the film was made in 1979 and it shows. This however, makes the film even more apt for younger people who weren’t around in 1979 and are more likely to still have an imagination to torment. Unfortunately I’ve grown up now the imagination has dulled and I now know that reality is far more terrifying than any fiction. I have given this film an artificial 10/10 to boost it’s rating to a level to which it deserves.

  • susana-vasaze
    susana vasaze

    Little known, but excellent nature-strikes-back thriller from Australia is simply one of the best of its genre!Troubled married couple retreat to coastal wilderness only to anger the local wildlife and end up fighting for their lives.Intelligent and well-made thriller manages to be nicely straight-faced, unlike most of its kind. With a haunting story and some wonderful direction by Eggleston, Long Weekend stands out from most of the ‘nature on the rampage’ films that were so popular in the ’70’s. The film possesses some moments of sheerly spooky psychological terror as well. While the cinematography and filming locations are stunningly beautiful. The music score is nicely moody and appropriate.One true highlight of the film are its wonderful stars! The attractive John Hargreaves and Briony Behets do some top notch performances!All around, Long Weekend is truly above-average and a must see for thriller fans.*** 1/2 out of ****

  • ismael-carbajo-tirado
    ismael carbajo tirado

    ‘Long Weekend’ is a textbook definition of a forgotten classic. It’s a horror/thriller without many of the traditional horror elements. It’ll give you a sense of dread and wonder, and stick in your memory forever more. The only reason it dwells in obscurity is because it was a low-budget film made in Australia in 1978, whereas if it were some feeble US B-grade schlock, it would be in every rental store and listed in Netflix. Fortunately, it has at last made it to DVD. When you get yourself a copy, you’ll see a truly claustrophobic two-hander that uses the wilds of the Australian bush and a lonely-looking coastline to spectacular effect.At no point does the shoestring budget hamper the storytelling even when it occasionally becomes apparent. A well-crafted script that only lets the plot out in bite-size pieces across the duration ensures you’re too busy wondering just what is going on between the film’s two characters, and the bizarre situation they find themselves in. John Hargreaves and Briony Behets play Peter and Marcia, a married couple who are clearly a gnat’s wing away from divorce, for reasons not immediately given. The tension between them is as thick as the strange and chilling atmosphere of the lonely beach Peter takes them to in a last-ditch attempt to recover what they’ve lost. Something there seems determined to destroy not only their chances of reconciliation, but also prevent them from ever leaving. What is the horrible wailing they keep hearing? Will what happened to the people who stayed there before them happen to them as well? Did they bring it upon themselves? The excellent natural locations, coupled with some excellent camera work and the odd well-placed sound effect prove no dazzling visual wizardry is needed to make a scary film. Naturally, you also need conviction from your performers, which Hargreaves and Behets give most convincingly. Together, these elements ensure that no more than two characters are needed to provide a provoking character drama and an uneasy thriller – the two levels juxtaposing in ways that tellingly feed off each other, surely making ‘Long Weekend’ the memorable experience it is for those fortunate enough to have seen it. I was a little disappointed at one element of predictability near the end – one part of the climax I could see coming a mile off. Maybe that was just me. Nonetheless this should not deter you from pursuing ‘Long Weekend’ – a study in humanity, and a telling point in horror film-making.

  • lida-davit-ashvili
    lida davit ashvili

    Everyone carries on about Mad Max and Picnic at Hanging Rock when they get into Aussie movies. Though this is a forgotten treasure. Very creepy in parts, downright scary as hell in others (without using common shock tactics found throughout cinema today). Magnificent acting, magnificent score, magnificent direction and photography make this a winner of a movie that unluckily will never be seen by most people.

  • elise-liv-amundsen
    elise liv amundsen

    Almost everyone can recall a movie or just a scene from a movie that sticks with them even though they haven’t seen it since childhood. This movie is like that for me. I was about 9 or 10 when I saw this and have been trying to find out the name for the last 10-15 years. Even though I haven’t seen it as an adult, I would have to say that any movie that has this kind of lasting hold, has to be called a ‘good movie’. Compared to what we’re used to seeing today, it may not seem to be true, however, it appears I am not the only one who was affected by this movie as a child (which is good to know).

  • peter-martinez
    peter martinez

    “Long Weekend” is a well-done, environmentally-conscious horror film from Down Under. The plot is rather simple, but makes a point: when you snooty urban dwellers go camping for the weekend, don’t do anything to p**s off Mother Nature! Which is exactly what our two selfish, unappealing protagonists do; they also have a marriage that’s on the rocks (gee, I wonder if they’ll make it through the weekend alive? Any takers?). The acting is good (though the characters are hateful and stupid), and the emotional intensity is complemented by a very brooding atmosphere of impending horror (the night scenes will give you the willies) as Nature gears up for revenge. 6/10

  • dr-leonardo-duarte
    dr leonardo duarte

    Most of the people who visit IMDb will have some childhood memories about a movie they saw ones on television. When you’r young, most of the time you only remember the images. At the age of 35 I certainly remember The Long Weekend. Maybe it was my age… but in my memory it was spooky and had a very surprising and sudden ending. I always wondered what the title of the movie was. Thanks to the internet I know it was this one. I recently bought the DVD and watched it again. A little bit disappointing.. but I am glad I watched it again.RobThe Netherlands

  • robin-kolar
    robin kolar

    Brilliant film, eerie and atmospheric. Stays on your mind for a long time after watching. One of my favourites. The part where the sea creature wails like a baby is especially good. The image of the eagle egg being smashed against the tree kept coming back and haunting me long after the film had finished. A lot of weird happenings in the film – what happened to the people in the other camper van? You never actually got to see them, just their vicious little dog! This is a film I could happily watch over and over without getting fed up. I would love to be able to get this video either on video or DVD but it seems it’s been withdrawn. Can anyone help me get a hold of this video or DVD? I would be grateful to hear from anyone else who likes this movie too.

  • emilie-soukupova
    emilie soukupova

    A feuding yuppie couple whose marriage is slowly falling apart set out on a camping trip along a remote Australian coastline to hopefully rekindle their love. While, the husband is all geared up for the adventure with his new equipment, his wife would prefer to be at luxurious hotel. But this trip doesn’t all go to plan with their constant friction getting even worst and they seem to take their stress out on the ecosystem. This reckless discard to the environment is soon reversed when nature decides to give a little back to its selfish protagonists.Now this is want you call a man vs. nature film! And a real merciless one too! This low-budget, under-appreciated (if forgotten) Australian gem is far from your typical excursion into horror with a melodramatic backdrop involving the couples’ martial problems, but the way the insightful story folds out you can’t deny that this isn’t one horrifying exercise when nature finally unleashes its devastating power with such an claustrophobic strangle hold. You might think the idea in this particular sub-genre would be hokey and overall, a campy b-grade animal feature, but here that’s not the case because there’s nothing cheap about the story and thrills, as it goes for some old fashion spookiness and slow grinding suspense, where we are asked to think about the couples’ careless actions towards nature and the environmental message. There’s a little bit more going on in the film’s material and visuals then you might think and it does play on your mind with it’s disorientating atmosphere. The story slowly delivers in spurts a heavy amount of unbearable suspense and startling images that have a real unnerving effect with its terribly, uncomfortable mood. The nagging couple here are very obnoxious and a long way from likable, but they aren’t suppose to be! The anger towards them is justified because they’re the villains of this piece and we continuously witness their lack of respect for the surroundings. What nature has in store for them is powerfully effective and we can’t help but be drawn into the brooding mystery of how its going to play out. The picturesque location for the film is simply exquisite with the sprawling beach line and flourishing vegetation and wildlife. The way it can suddenly turn aggressive and change appearance after only being peacefully luminous (such in the weather and environment) makes it incredibly eerie, as you don’t know what’s up coming next. What caught this development was the hypnotic cinematography (done in anamorphic widescreen) that brought the wildlife off the screen with it’s incredibly spacious execution and swift movement in following the couple around and great panning that captures all the small things. It has a semi-documentary feel about it. The foreboding sound effects of the nightlife really do have a strong impact on your senses with the jerky and high-pitch sensation eating away at you with such well placed tension and strange noises that won’t let you escape. Also the quiet moments, since the dialogue is rather sparse, builds up the harrowing situation they’re faced with. The hauntingly, charged score by Michael Carlos is just like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode with it’s imminent dread and the tight editing nicely keeps the film moving until it reaches boiling point in the third act with an ending that shocks.The screenplay by Everett De Roche (Patrick, Road Games, Harlequin & Razorback) is an intelligent look at the relationship between the carelessness of mankind and the suffering of nature, which it does takes its time in delivering justice. The plot’s focus on the couples’ marriage, which is on the rocks is an good companion piece with their inconsiderable intrusion on nature where they believe their own problems are more important and think less of their surroundings. The performances are astoundingly, realistic in their interactions by John Hargraves as the arrogantly, destructive Peter (who has a better connection with his dog) and Briony Behets as selfishly, close-minded Marcia. This is one stuck up couple you like to see crash and burn, and nature provides that wish.’Long Weekend’ is an sincere, atmospheric revenge tale with a ironically dour twist. It’s a very well made production that maximizes its chilling backdrop, petering tension and stimulating concept to send chills down your spine.

  • meri-t-urmanize
    meri t urmanize

    …when I first saw THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, I kept thinking that I’d seen this basic idea before, and this was where it was. The basic setup is different — this time it’s a married couple who take their bickering into a camping weekend — but the effect is identical, with supernatural forces terrorising them for daring to trespass onto the wrong territory. The suspense is a slow build, and there’s even some touches that popped up in later flicks; for instance, the idea for the shot of the scorpion being run over by a truck in close-up during the opening title sequence of NATURAL BORN KILLERS was taken directly from this one. Part of the first major wave of Australian pictures that made a big splash in the States circa ’79 and ’80 — among the others were GALLIPOLI, BREAKER MORANT and THE LAST WAVE — LONG WEEKEND is, unfortunately, one of the forgotten gems of the period. If you ever see an old video of it in a shop somewhere — anywhere — grab it. And watch it…

  • angelica-parker
    angelica parker

    This is a horror film quite unlike most others, as it deals with the natural aspect of the supernatural. The Urbanite couple of the film (Peter, played by John Hargreaves and Marcia, played by Briony Behets) are experiencing marriage problems following an abortion. So they decide to utilise the holiday weekend and go back to nature by camping in the woodlands beside the coast. While on the way there Peter runs over a Kangaroo. Instead of stopping to check if the animal was OK he runs over it completely, quite a vivid, disturbing scene. After hitting it and stopping briefly he later tells his wife about it, who is even less bothered about it than him.Some of the creepiest parts of the film are on the heavily wooded track with overhanging trees on the way towards the spot they stop at. There is also the screaming they hear at night and as the film goes on it happens during the day as well. It is a sound of an animal in distress, but with a mix of other natural sounds. Very creepy.The lead characters create no sympathy as they continue to make a bad situation worse by damaging the local wildlife and not treating the beautiful area with the respect it deserves. If anything both of the characters are seriously annoying as they have ample opportunity to try and correct the situation, but instead they are so wrapped up in their own shallow lives that they fail to see the bigger picture of what is happening around them. By the time they do realise it is too late.What happens to them is never properly explained, but that is part of the beauty of this film (as with a lot of 70’s horror/thriller films). There are a few plot holes; the most noticeable being the camper van and the other couple along the beach from the main characters. You are left to speculate about that situation.I seriously can’t emphasise how excellent this film is with the raw sound quality and camera work. I don’t understand why this film is not wider known, as it really is appropriate for modern times and if anything the main protagonists are not as careless or destructive as a lot of people are these days.If you want a claustrophobic/impending atmosphere, suggestive horror and a truly chilling film, then this piece of celluloid is for you.Also of note is that in the Region 2 edition, the trailer states that they had upset the forces of evil – the only evil in the film were the two main characters.Please note that this is the same review that I placed on my Amazon.co.UK page (MrX).

  • tadej-zupanc
    tadej zupanc

    Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) are a modern Sydney couple whose sophisticated lifestyle is ruled by dinner parties, money making and infidelity. With their marriage in near terminal decline, Peter drags his reluctant wife on a camping trip to an isolated northern beach for the long weekend, in the hope that going back to basics will somehow bring them back together. Driving through the dark and the rain, the bickering couple is soon completely lost.The following dawn reveals a secluded paradise, but if Peter is envisaging a surf-‘n’-sex idyll straight out of The Blue Lagoon, what he gets is a nightmare much closer to The Birds, or Open Water. For this savage new landscape seems to resonate with the couple’s bitterest secrets, as nature imposes her own strange and implacable reality upon the trespassing city slickers.Colin Eggleston takes the premise of nature’s revenge to its most mysterious and over determined limits. On the one hand, it seems obvious that the many animal attacks in the film serve as punishments for the human characters’ repeated acts of hubristic transgression, be it Peter’s running over of a kangaroo, chopping down of a tree, shooting a dugong, harassing a possum, or Marcia’s angry destruction of an eagle’s egg. On the other hand, the bush land, in all its merciless inescapability, appears to be a metaphor for the childless marriage in which the two principals have become trapped. At the same time, it seems that Peter and Marcia are not nature’s only victims and casual background references to nuclear testing and oil exploration hint at a broader ecological agenda. Amidst this superabundance of interpretative frames, there are also some moments that are genuinely beyond any kind of rationalisation, lending Long Weekend an air of eerie irresolution.Under Eggleston’s moody direction, even the most minute of sounds is over amplified to explosive volume and the voyeuristic camera-work tends to be from the ground up, as though from the point-of-view of lurking critters, so that the wilderness locations, for all their natural beauty, seem to brim with the tension of unbearable foreboding. Neither Hargreaves, nor Behets, shrink from the narcissistic unpleasantness of their characters, in what are bravely unflattering performances. Best of all is the ending, which, though shockingly abrupt, is, within the film’s elaborate nexus of motifs, totally, perfectly right, only to be topped by a final, fern-laden image that is haunting enough to do the actor Andrei Tarkovsky proud.Made in a country where outback dangers are never more than a short drive away, Long Weekend illustrates the fragile veneer of civilisation, constantly under threat from both nature and the feral heart of man. Surrender to this film’s insinuating spell and see if it makes you go wild.

  • joe-vega
    joe vega

    (Excuse the possible vocabulary or grammar mistakes, I am French)The originality – and the force – of “Long week-end” is that it is an animal attack film… without animal attack. The two characters of the film commit a succession of little aggressions towards the Nature (with a great N), which will revenge herself, but never directly. Mentioning examples would reveal too much of the film. I will only say it is a real ambient movie, without action, but which distils a traumatic veiled anguish. The final is particularly perturbing and ironical. The term “unknown masterpiece” seems to be created for this film !

  • allan-hall
    allan hall

    A bickering couple decide to spend a long weekend at a secluded beach. Once there, the disrespect they show for their surroundings leads to nature taking it’s revenge on them.This is the epitome of Australian horror. Not only is it the best horror film to come from down under, but it’s one of the best horror films, period. I first discovered this film back in the late 90’s and was quite blown away by it. I love the nature strikes back sub-genre, but never had I found such films to be legitimately frightening. “Long Weekend”, however, really got to me. I’m happy to say that it’s still just as effective to this day.The mood, the haunting score, the atmosphere of the beach and the overall sense of nature conspiring against the characters all makes for a remarkable amount of tension. I love this film for many of the same reasons that I love “The Blair Witch Project”, though there are many differences between the two as well. What’s more, the animals attacks never come off as fake. A scene where an eagle comes in search of it’s egg is raw and eerie. There are no fake birds on wires or men in bear suits to be found here. Our two leads aren’t very likable, but that doesn’t keep the film from being an unsettling experience. You have to love the ending too, which brings things full circle.A masterpiece of mood and tension, “Long Weekend” stands the test of time.

  • bjorn-asbjorn-hagen
    bjorn asbjorn hagen

    If you get a chance to watch this movie, just do it! That’s an order!!!The leading couple is simply excellent. The natural setting, at first enchanting, becomes more and more frightening. The atmosphere couldn’t get more gruesome. Only Australian films succeed in creating so much thrills. You’ll never go to the beach the way you used to. Jaws made you terrified at the idea of getting wet, Long Weekend will convince you in staying comfortably at home on holidays. What is the fun of getting lost in nature like that, anyway?The ecological message of the script, pretty obvious, never interferes with the suspense of the story. The main characters, evidently archetypes of the modern couple, are apparently doomed from the very beginning. However, the audience gets a weird masochistic pleasure in witnessing their nightmarish destiny. Long Weekend is an unknown masterpiece that must be seen urgently. Please do!