HIDDEN HORROR – Rogue (2007)

RogueAustralia is a land of beautiful and vast territories…and many of the deadliest animals on the planet like the Saltwater Crocodile. In 2007 Australian genre director Greg Mclean the man responsible for the Wolf Creek franchise gave us arguably one of the best killer croc movies ever…it was ROGUE.

from IMDB: An idyllic wildlife cruise disintegrates into terror when a party of tourists are stalked by a massive man-eating crocodile. Pete McKell, a cynical American travel writer, joins a disparate group of holiday-makers on a river cruise through the waters of Kakadu National Park. Initially Pete clashes with their tour captain, Kate, a feisty young woman who assumes he is just another ‘city-slicker’ in search of a quick thrill. After an uneventful day cruising the river, Kate is reluctantly persuaded to steer their boat into unexplored territory. They discover a secluded lake but terror strikes when their craft receives a powerful blow from beneath the murky depths and begins to sink. With little choice, she beaches the vessel on the closest dry land -a tiny mud island. With a rising tide and only half an hour of daylight left, fear grips the group as they realize they are trapped in the lair of a huge ‘rogue’ crocodile, governed only by its need to hunt and kill.

Beautiful cinematography and sheer tension abound in this wonderful film. The cinematography of the beautiful northern Australian outbacks and rivers are astonishing and all of the characters in this film are likable and very realistic. you dont want to see any of the tourist get eaten by the big croc when it happens.

The tension in the film is at a high note for almost the whole movie, as soon as the tour boat realizes what there trap with is when the tension just builds and builds in this movie. And when the big Croc shows itself it was frightening! due to the impressive visual FX they had to create a realistic looking yet frightening big Croc.

The tension in this film all boils to a ending involving a final confrontation with the reporter and the big croc that is practically nail biting. seriously I have shown this film to multiple people and they all agree that the big croc in this film is indeed very threatening and the ending is nerve racking. This is a damn well made movie in the Killer Crocodile sub-genre and i would go so far as to say it is the best of them all…even better then Alligator (1980) – James J. Coker

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