Australian exploitation — or Ozploitation — films don’t come much more obscure than Road Games, the story of a trucker named Quid (Stacy Keach) who stalks a possible serial killer across the Australian highways while trying to deliver a load of meat to market. A pushy hitchhiker/sidekick played by ’80s scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and a supporting cast of Outback oddballs add to the fun, while the nagging question of whether it’s actually Quid doing the killing gives this flick a nice twist. Set the whole thing in some jaw-dropping locations and end the movie with a bizarre low-speed, high-tension chase scene, and you have a unique film that’s been unduly forgot-ten.
“On top of being a top-notch Ozploitation film, it also slides nicely into an offshoot of slasher movies that were coming out in the early ’80s with a little different finesse to [them],” says Keith Garcia, programming manager for the Denver Film Society. “This is a nice thriller, [from] back when thrillers were still kind of making rules and being smart and edgy.”
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See it at 10 p.m. tonight or tomorrow at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; tickets are $7, or $5 for DFS members. For more information, visit denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456.
Aug. 3-4, 10 p.m., 2012