1. Hounds Of Love (2016)
An abduction and torture story is intertwined with 1980s suburban life in Western Australia’s Hounds Of Love. The end result is stunning, to say the least. Despite the fact that the story looks and feels fake, there’s some truth to the idea that it isn’t. Director Ben Young didn’t pick a specific incident to base the story on; instead, he drew inspiration from a variety of real-life kidnappings that occurred in the area during the 1980s. But even if Hounds Of Love wasn’t entirely accurate, it comes dreadfully close.
2. Wolf Creek (2005)
It’s no secret that Wolf Creek is one of the most recognizable horror films to come out of Australia. Wolf Creek, which centers on the plight of a group of backpackers, pays homage to the murder and torture spree carried out in Australia between 1989 and 1993 by infamous serial killer Ivan Milat. However, Wolf Creek may have made some tourists rethink their plans to visit Australia while Milat is still in prison.
3. The Babadook (2014)
Australian director Jennifer Kent became well-known after her work on The Babadook, which was a huge hit all over the world. It’s true that Australia initially ignored The Babadook before catching on when the film became a worldwide sensation. Mother and son’s relationship becomes even more strained when Mister Babadook, the evil character from a pop culture pop-up book, suddenly appears in real life. It’s a complete nightmare, filled with jump scares, suspense, and general dread.
4. Snowtown (2011)
Snowtown isn’t quite a horror film, but it’s still shocking because it’s based on yet another murder spree in Australia. Twelve people died as a result of these crimes, which were committed between 1992 and 1999 by three men. Victims were viewed as pedophiles or weak people by the men who committed the crimes. If the story itself isn’t enough of a scare, the gloomy visuals will do the trick. Anxiety and tension are heightened by the overpowering silence at times and the knowledge that help isn’t on the way.
5. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Picnic At Hanging Rock is one of those films that should never be remade. An uncanny sense of texture permeates the film, which takes place in the year 1900 and is impossible to capture digitally. With the exception of the aesthetics and tones, the story follows a group of schoolgirls who go to lunch at the fabled Hanging Rock landmark. It would be a waste of a horror film if they didn’t go into the intimidating rock formation despite being warned not to. Because of this, you’ll feel the same sense of dread and fright that local residents do when they see the film for the first time.
6. Van Diemen’s Land (2009)
The key to writing an engrossing story is to establish a strong sense of place, as in Van Diemen’s Land. It’s gloomy and damp, and it’s in the middle of nowhere. Van Diemen’s Land tells the story of infamous Irish convict and Australian cannibal, Alexander Pearce, set in the dense Tasmanian bushland. Pearce was one of a group of convicts who broke out of their prison in 1822. The group quickly realizes that their only option for food is one another when they find themselves stranded, cold, and starving.
7. Dying Breed (2008)
When Dying Breed was released in 2008, Tasmania was still a scary place. While Van Diemen’s Land was historically accurate, Dying Breed plays to some ridiculous stereotypes and cranks the volume all the way up. Tasmania is the stuff of jokes because of the small population and, well, cannibalism. Dying Breed puts all of its effort into this.
8. 100 Bloody Acres (2013)
You’ll be laughing out loud while shaking with fear in 100 Bloody Acres. 100 Bloody Acres is an excellent example of dark comedy because it is self-aware and parodies a wide range of horror movie tropes. That being said, it’s a sham of a situation. The plot revolves around a rural fertilizer manufacturer run by a family that begins using human beings in the production process. No details are overlooked, regardless of how gory they may be. Gore fans need not apply; there is plenty of heart and intelligence in this one as well.
9. These Final Hours (2014)
These Final Hours may be classified as a sci-fi drama, but it is absolutely terrifying. Australia did an excellent job with the “end of the world” concept in this film. Everyone in the Northern Hemisphere has been wiped out by a meteor strike, leaving only 12 hours of life expectancy for those in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a movie about the biggest party ever thrown, but the scares come from the sense of isolation you share with the hero, the dead and barren scenery, the eerie quiet of the nation and the psychological floor routine it makes us all perform while watching: “What would I do in this situation? “.
10. Cargo (2018)
When Cargo was first released, it was only a short film. Years later, the story was expanded into a feature film. After his wife dies, Martin Freeman’s character, played by Martin Freeman (who, by the way, nails his Australian accent), is desperate to find someone to take care of their baby, and he gets bitten. It’s as if the screen is reaching out and grabbing you by the throat.