In Attendance- Me
Cast Members of Note- No one really, save for John Jarratt who went on the star as the maniac in Wolf Creek 30 years later.
What's it About?- Funny story: I tried to get a girl to go on a "Picnic" at "Hanging Rock" with me once, but when she found out what it all meant, she ran off screaming and her dad ended up trying to kill me... Yeah. Good times.
Anyways, a bunch of schoolgirls head off for a picnic on a rock, pristine manners and proper clothing in tow, not knowing that the rock hates them and wants them dead. 3 of them decide to go exploring around the rock (they've been acting creepy and are all like "It's calling to us" all day), and head off alone. Edith, the nose picking fatty of the group, tags along because she wants to be cool, even though she's fat.
|"Bye! See you never!"|
The Good- This movie is a work of art, and in essence is a story on par with something that Lovecraft may have written. What happened to the girls? What other world does the Hanging Rock belong to? The eerie atmosphere and the slow pace allow everything to unfold just so, and though we get precious few answers, we can't help but be entranced by it all.
|"Oh God, I can see forever!"|
The Bad- What in the hell happened to them? I know there are hints here and there, and if you Google the book, you can read a chapter that explains everything that was never revealed in the movie, but damn it, I need to know!
The Downright Horrendous- Good lord, does every group of girls have to have the whiny and annoying fat friend? Someone should have tossed a Twinkie off of the cliff and seen if that would have finally shut her up. Probably not.
The Gory- A minimal amount of carnage and blood, as this is more of an ethereal, psychologically twisted film.
The Naked- None. Very disappointing considering that the movie is about an all girl school. Sigh.
|"Shall I get naked? No. I think not!"|
What did we learn?- It's probably best to stay the fuck away from the Australian Outback.
Horror aspects of the movie go, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a slow-moving, quiet affair, that pulls you in with the promise of receiving the forbidden answers that we somehow know we're never going to get. See this if you can, though beware that it has heavy drama elements and a slower pace.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.