Sunday, October 23, 2011

Road Games (1981)

Here's another favorite of mine. Road Games is an Australian thriller in the vein of Hitchcock and is directed by Richard Franklin who also gave us the surprisingly good Psycho II.  Stacy Keach plays Pat Quid, an independent freelance trucker who spends most of his time driving the long, desolate stretches of highway that line Australia while carrying on running monologues with the other drivers and his pet dingo.

Being the curious sort, he gets drawn into trouble when he begins looking into a strange man who has apparently been dumping body parts.  The tension is built up very nicely as he develops a rapport with Hitch (Jamie Lee Curtis in a glorified cameo) and ends up having to save her from the killer.

I say this with all sincerity, Road Games is one of the best thrillers I have ever seen, if not one of the best movies I've ever seen period.  I first discovered this gem in high school, naturally the rather lurid cover got my attention (though it was an Embassy Home video box and not the Charter one shown above) but there's far more to the movie than a nice box cover.

Franklin is a master of suspense and he uses the landscape perfectly, putting you right on the road with Keach.  Keach is also great, turning in a fine performance, especially when you consider he spends a good deal of the film's 100 minute running time essentially acting all by himself.

Jamie Lee Curtis isn't in much of the movie, she really is there for name value but she does turn in her usual charming performance, making you give a crap about what happens to her...if indeed anything has.  Road Games is a fantastic ride.  If you can find it, grab it.

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