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!"|
|Dead or sleeping? You decide.|
What I love about this movie, is that we get plenty of hints that something horrible is to come; as the girls climb the rock and explore, they begin to say odd things and act strangely, and we realize that the rock itself may be something otherworldly, and that the girls are ultimately doomed. I don't know why this reminds me of something Lovecraftian; maybe it's the whole "we humans have no idea what's really out there" thing that makes you sit and wonder exactly what we are missing.
Has Peter Weir ever made a bad film? The man is a cinematic auteur, and this movie is on par with his Witness and Dead Poet's Society, which were both beautifully realized films. In all fairness, Picnic at Hanging Rock is probably better than even both of those movies.
|"Oh God, I can see forever!"|
|Shut up, Edith!|
|The lizard rampage scene was pretty bloody though.|
|"Shall I get naked? No. I think not!"|
|"Good idea, mate."|
Picnic at Hanging Rock is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
|Exactly what kind of picnic is this supposed to be?|