Originally released domestically as Incident at Raven’s Gate, this cult Ozpolitation film is set on an isolated outback farm in South Australia where recently released ex-con Eddie Cleary (Steven Vidler) is working with his older brother Richard (Ritchie Singer) and sexy sister-in-law, Rachel (Celine Griffin) as a condition of his parole.
During a drought, the red sky begins to rain dead birds, telephones explode, family pets attack, ghosts are seen, and people go mad.
An opera-loving cop (Vincent Gil) becomes a deranged killer, and a government investigator (Terry Camilleri) snoops around. Things get really strange when Richard picks up a carving knife and starts talking in a speeded-up Betty Boop voice . . .
The story is disjointed and obscure, and the script never explains anything (it eventually seems that unseen aliens are to blame – or possibly a government conspiracy), but the cinematography and imagery are excellent.
Rolf de Heer