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RAZORBACK (1984) – Episode 193 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“Wakey, wakey. Hands off snakey!” Wait, what? Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr –  as they take a trip down under for Razorback (1984), some genuine, original, Ozploitation.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 193 – Razorback (1984)

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As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.


Razorback is Bill’s pick and he thinks it might have been the first VHS he rented after he got a player. He was expecting a giant pig running around killing people but what he got was a movie directed by a guy who directed all his favorite music videos. It’s very stylistic, beautiful, desolate, scary, and weird, and he likes it! Crystal didn’t know what to expect but she really enjoys Razorback. The performances are wonderful and she likes the clever way the boar sequences are edited as well as the amazing fog machine! Or was it fifty fog machines? Chad also rented Razorback and the style really grabbed him. It was apparent to him that Russell Mulcahy had done a lot of music videos. There was no reason for all the backlighting and fog but it looked cool as hell. Jeff absolutely loves Razorback, calling it a visual feast and a lot of fun.

Razorback is a must-see in the canon of Ozploitation films. At the time of this writing, it is available to rent from several streaming services and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988), starring Amanda Donohoe and Hugh Grant. Mm-mmm.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.