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A Mario Andreacchio film from 1986note , about a gang of kangaroo poachers who terrorise a woman in the Australian Outback. They get more than they bargained for when their victim Jessica (played by Cassandra Delaney) decides to fight back.

Not to be confused with the 1995 movie starring William Baldwin and Cindy Crawford, or with the 2010 movie starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

This film provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Conservationist Jessica starts out as the victim, but after she is raped she takes bloody revenge on the three poachers.
  • The Alleged Car: Jessica's beat-up old Ford Falcon truck.
  • All Bikers are Hells Angels: Ringo rides a dirt bike to scout out animals for the other poachers to shoot.
  • A-Team Montage: A montage is used to show Jessica working through the night to booby-trap the farm before the hunters arrive in the morning. We are not shown how the traps work until they are activated, however.
  • Bad Ass Driver: Sunny, who uses the Beast to systematically demolish Jessica's house while she is inside it.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Ringo tries to attack Jessica when she disrespects his mother because Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas.
    • Jessica after she is raped and tied to the hood of the truck.
    • Sunny when Ringo is killed.
  • Big Bad: Sunny is leader of the gang of Crazy Survivalist poachers.
  • The Black Smith: Sparks repairs the poachers' truck, and assembles their equipment.
  • Camera Fiend: Ringo keeps snapping shots with a Polaroid camera, including an upskirt of Jessica and nude shots of her while she is sleeping. Jessica eventually shoots his camera.
  • Car Fu: Sunny uses 'the Beast' to try to run down Jessica; including driving the truck through her house.
  • Cool Car: The poachers' truck has a custom paintjob and large exhaust pipes straight from Mad Max. It is called 'the Beast'.
  • Dead Animal Warning: The hunters leave a dead, skinned kangaroo sitting in the driver's seat of Jessica's ute.
  • Desert Punk: Ringo has spiky blond hair and wears a cutoff shirt, boots and leather pants.
  • Do Wrong, Right: When the hunters discover that Jessica has welded their guns together during the night, Sparks' reaction is:
    It's a good job of welding, but. (notices Death Glare from the other two) Maybe not.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Sunny gets a strong sense of enjoyment when butchering kangaroos, and later when stalking Jessica.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Ringo attempts to assault Jessica after she disrespects his mother.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Jessica's dog Kyla snarls anytime the hunters are in the vicinity or approaching, even if they cannot be seen or heard at the time.
  • Evil Poacher: The gang of unlicensed hunters.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The Sociopath Sunny wears neatly pressed safari suits and affects upper class mannerisms, but he is the most brutal of the poachers.
  • Hard-Work Montage: There is a montage of Jessica working through the night to prepare the farm for the arrival of the hunters the next morning.
  • High-Speed Hijack: Ringo jumps from the Beast onto Jessica's ute, then clambers over the top and onto Sparks' truck while all three vehicles are in motion.
  • High-Voltage Death: Ringo is killed when he swings from a powerline to a patch of ground soaked in water.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Happens to the trio of Evil Poachers who choose Jessica as their prey when Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. After they rape her, Jessica returns and starts hunting the three of them.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The sadistic game played by the poachers on Jessica, which gets turned around on them when Jessica fights back.
  • I Call It "Vera": The hunters' tricked out hunting truck is named 'the Beast'.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sparks leaps at Jessica, misses, and impales himself on the horn of an anvil.
  • Javelin Thrower: During her final showdown with Sunny, Jessica demonstartes some amazing skill in being able to use star pickets as javelins.
  • Land Down Under: The movie is set in rural Australia.
  • Kick the Dog: The poachers kill and skin a sheep to terrify Jessica.
  • MacGyvering: Jessica constructs improvised traps to kill the three poachers.
  • Molotov Cocktail: Jessica uses a Molotov cocktail to light up 'the Beast' after she tricks Sunny into the pit.
  • Police Are Useless: When Jessica reports the poachers for harassment, the local policeman dismisses their antics as a harmless prank.
  • Rape and Revenge: Jessica's response to what the three poachers do to her, setting up traps to immobilize and kill them.
  • Rape as Drama: The gang of poachers viciously assault Jessica when she sabotages their truck, leading to the above revenge.
  • Sarcastic Title: A reference both to hunting, and to the unfair things inflicted on Jess.
  • The Savage South: In this movie, the Outback is portrayed as an inhospitable desert full of gun-toting rapists, Good Old Boys, and an incompetent police force.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Sunny. He is able to unerringly track Jessica across terrain that consists mostly of bare rock. At one point, he kneels, touches his finger to the ground and tastes something. Whatever it is seems to confirm to him that he is on the right trail. Later, he spends a few seconds studying the approach to the farm and is able to correctly deduce that is trapped and decides to find another way in.
  • Shower of Angst: After being brutalized by the hunters, Jessica curls up in a ball in the shower and lets the water wash over her. Made even sadder by the pathetic water pressure in the old farmhouse.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: Jessica sleeps nude on her bedroom due to the heat, with fans also aimed at her.
  • Spy Catsuit: Jessica dons a spandex bodysuit when she begins her fightback against the Evil Poachers.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Ringo does one when he jumps the moving Beast on to the verandah of Jessica's house.
  • Vapor Wear: Jessica's dress in the opening scenes, and the tight spandex stealth suit she later wears.
  • Vehicular Assault: The hunters' opening move in their game of intimidation against Jessica is to ram her ute off the road with 'the Beast'.
  • Wicked Cultured: Subverted. Sunny buys the paintings of birds to use as targets.