Incident at Raven's Gate (1988 film)

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Incident at Raven's Gate (1988), AKA Encounter at Raven's Gate, Raven's Gate, Blue Fever,

Summary

"People have mysteriously disappeared from the small outback station called Raven's Gate. Cars start and stop without warning. Family pets have turned savage. Something unexplainable is going on. And it doesn't want to stop." Dead birds rain, strange lights appear in the sky, and other freak events occur around Raven's Gate, a family's sheep farm in Australia where an ex-convict, fresh out of Gaol, has gone to work for his brother and his brother's wife.

Details

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  • Release Date: 1988
  • Country/Language: Australia, English
  • Genres/Technical: Sci-Fi, Art/Experimental
  • Setting: 1980s Australia
  • Runtime: 1 hr 34 min
  • Starring: Steven Vidler, Celine O'Leary, Ritchie Singer
  • Director: Rolf de Heer
  • Writer: Marc Rosenberg & Rolf de Heer (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: FGH, International Film Management, The Australian Film Commission
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Wikipedia: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Nudity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Another surreal horror film involving inexplicable events occurring in an "eldritch location", leading up to a vague and ambiguous conclusion, the sort of film that suggests cosmic horror to some viewers through the lens of its surreal and unexplained events.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Mark Cole at Rivets on the Poster (link) - "It is a stunningly beautiful movie. It uses the harsh landscape to impressive effect and bathes its interior scenes in color and shadow. And it all comes to a stunningly anti-climactic out-of-left-field ending."
  • Steve Crawford at Michael DVD (3/5 Stars) (link) - "For the most part, Incident at Raven's Gate sustains an eerie presence and is tantalizingly mysterious. Despite falling away slightly in the final act, the film is redeemed with a suitably ironic conclusion."
  • Richard Kuipers at Australian Screen (link) - "Many shots sweep along the ground before rising high above the landscape, giving the impression of an alien or supernatural presence watching and manipulating events. ... The film’s strength lies in the relationship it forms between this strange presence and the behaviour of vulnerable characters in the outback..."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - "Incident at Raven’s Gate plays like a combination of The Picnic at Hanging Rock and Stalker (1979), although is considerably less involving in its mystery than either of these. All the building atmosphere is slow-moving and ultimately uneventful. Not to mention baffling and inexplicable..."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Dead birds rain, strange lights appear in the sky, and other freak events occur around Raven's Gate, a family's sheep farm in Australia where an ex-convict, fresh out of Gaol, has gone to work for his brother and his brother's wife, who is secretly in love with the ex-convict. When a police officer and an Australian physicist/Man-in-Black get involved, things get even stranger. The brother is possessed by a sinister entity, before being destroyed in a ball of fire, ruining the farm in the process, leaving the ex-convict and his sister-in-law to pick up the pieces after the house is mysteriously restored by the Australian men-in-black.


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