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"Arguably the best film ever made about a giant man-eating hog."
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Razorback is an Australian horror film from the year 1984. It was directed by Russell Mulcahy, who also did the first two Highlanders, the film adaptation of The Shadow and Resident Evil: Extinction.

Events take place in the Australian outback, where the titular gigantic wild boar dwells. In the opening segment, the boar attacks old hunter Jake Cullen's house, killing his grandson in the process. He tries to tell the truth about the attack, only to be accused of murder. After his acquital due to lack of evidence, Jake vows revenge and sets out to kill the beast and every other boar that comes to his sights.

Later, an American TV-journalist Beth comes to the area to investigate the local Petpak pet food factory due to alleged acts of animal cruelty. She gets in trouble with the factory's employees and becomes the boar's victim. Her fiancee Carl follows her trail to the area and is caught up in the whole thing.

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This film contains the examples of:

  • Action Survivor: Carl's just an ordinary guy looking for his missing wife, surviving mostly through his cleverness, endurance, and luck.
  • Adult Fear: A giant feral animal destroys your house and carries off your grandson. When you try to tell people a giant boar did it, they blame you for the kid's death.
  • Animal Nemesis: Guess who.
  • Anyone Can Die: Jake's infant grandson is killed off in the very first scene, Beth becomes boar-chow later on, and Jake is crippled and left to die by Benny and Dicko.
  • Asshole Victim: Feel free to cheer when Benny and Dicko are killed.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: Attack of the killer wild boar.
  • Attempted Rape: Benny and Dicko try to do this on Beth when they they want to scare her off from investigating the Petpak factory. The boar intervenes.
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  • Badass Grandpa / Cool Old Guy: Jake Cullen.
  • Cool Car: The gang's modified ex-military Unimog wouldn't look out of place in a Mad Max film.
  • Conveyor Belt of Doom: The boar is tricked stepping into one, which leads to its doom at the blades of a Deadly Rotary Fan.
  • Crying Wolf: Cullen shoots the razorback with a tracking dart. Later when it sounds off, a posse goes racing off to its location only to find an ordinary boar shot with a similar dart. When the signal goes off a second time to show the giant razorback is close, no-one is interested as they're busy getting drunk in the pub.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: The eponymous boar gets killed by a giant industrial cooling fan.
  • Death of a Child: The opening scene where Jake's grandson is killed by the razorback.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Beth. It looks like she's escaped the villainous Petpak guys, and then she meets the hog...
  • Downer Beginning: Jake Cullen's house is destroyed and his grandson killed by the boar before the title card appears.
  • Explosive Instrumentation: The factory machinery in the climax.
  • Full-Boar Action: The giant boar can literally run through houses and flip over cars.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The boar's roars, squeals, and snarls. And Jake's grandson Scotty's screams, considering he's still alive in the opening after the boar drags him away.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: More like "deep hole interrogation". With a mine shaft.
  • The Hyena: Dicko has an incredibly annoying laugh, and seems to find the oddest things funny.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Beth, not that she lasts very long...
  • Land Down Under: The events of the film happen in the Australian outback, which seems to be filled with dangerous wild boars and psychotic pet food factory workers.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When Carl comes looking for Beth, the rumour is that she fell down a mine shaft. Guess what happens to Benny towards the climax.
  • "Jaws" First-Person Perspective: The Boar-O-Vision whenever it's hunting.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Carl dropping Benny down the mine shaft.
  • Made of Iron: The razorback isn't even slowed by a high-powered rifle bullet at close range. The impossibility of a wild boar being Immune to Bullets is raised at Cullen's trial as evidence against him.
  • Moby Schtick: Considering he lost his grandson and the ordeal that followed, it's understandable that Cullen is more than a little driven to find that damn boar.
  • Mind Screw: The mood of the movie is very weird and atmospheric for a monster movie, and then there's Carl's Dream Sequence.
  • Nightmarish Factory: Petpak, where the finale takes place. It is dimly lit and full of steam and deadly whirring blades.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In classic monster movie fashion, the boar is not seen in much detail until the climax. In the opening scene, we don't see it at all, only the massive destruction left in its wake.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Judy Morris tries for an East Coast/mid-Atlantic accent as Beth, but her natural Aussie accent comes through in a few scenes.
  • Percussive Therapy
    Jake Cullen: There's something about blasting the shit out of a razorback that brightens up my whole day.
  • Ramp Jump: Part of the road to Benny's and Dicko's place.
  • Rasputinian Death: The boar. Having earlier been shot multiple times by a high powered rifle by Cullen, Carl impales a metal rod into its neck, which does little more than make it mad, then it gets shocked by broken factory machinery, and finally Carl tricks it into a Deadly Rotary Fan.
  • Recycled In Space: It's Jaws with a giant boar in Australia, complete with Jake Cullen as the Quint analogue. It's actually much better than that description would suggest, however.
  • R-Rated Opening: Although there's no blood or gore in the scene, the movie makes its intentions known quite early when Jake's baby grandson is killed by by the monster less than three minutes into the movie.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Cullen is crippled by Benny and Dicko, then killed by the boar, leaving Carl and Sarah alone to fight the razorback in the climax.
  • Scary Animal Title: Razorback
  • Scenery Porn: This is one of the most beautifully shot monster movies ever made, just check out that cinematography in the opening!
  • Spiritual Successor: 2017's Boar also revolves around a giant man-eating feral pig on the rampage in the remote Australian outback.
  • Thirsty Desert: Carl suffers hallucinations while staggering through the desert.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Benny and Dicko, both of whom are real nasty pieces of work.
  • Vertigo Effect: Shown when Jakes finally gets the Razorback on his sights.


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