Road Train DVD Review

Title: Road Train (aka Road Kill)
Starring: Bob Morley, Sophie Lowe, Georgina Haig, Xavier Samuel
Director: Dean Francis
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 90 min
Released: 30th August 2010

Four young friends are on a camping trip in Australia. They are driving through the desolate outback when they are forced off the road by a road train a huge truck with two massive trailers. Their 4x4 is totally wrecked and one of them is badly injured. They see the truck stop up ahead and decide to try to speak to the driver for help. Did he ram them off the road on purpose or was it an accident? They can not find the driver but then hear gunshots. Terrified they steal the road train and head off to find help. They are haunted by visions of wolves and blood. It’s not long before they start to go mad.

Road Train turns out to be a fairly clever and suspenseful supernatural thriller. It’s in the same sort of league as Wolf Creek or any of other of the number of Australian horror films that have come along in the past decade. But it’s actually a decent thriller. It’s fairly inventive and has some sparks of originality. Writer Clive Hopkins has put together an interesting, tense little story. There are some shocks and shivers throughout and the tension is keep going throughout. Director Dean Francis gets some good performances from the young cast and paces the film well.

Road Train seems to have taken a battering critically in terms of reviews on some none professional review sites but it really isn’t as bad as they are making out. To give it a fair appraisal a number of factors such as budget, experience and even genre must be taken into consideration. The film was obviously shot with a comparatively low budget. The cast and crew are all fairly inexperienced. The cast in particular are all young. Plus you have to consider that horror films are often something that people either love or hate. They are likely to elicit emotional responses, negative or positive. Personally I was actually impressed by this film and I imagine it did well at festivals such as Frightfest.

Author : Kevin Stanley