A Valentine’s Day picnic at Hanging Rock in Victoria, Australia, takes an evil turn for a group of schoolgirls in the 1900s.
Having read the book a few years back, I ended up watching this film as part of my film course at university.
While dated in places, its still quite a solid film, all things considered. The acting is quite weak but that doesn’t really matter because there is more of a focus on the environs of the rock rather than the character development of a melee of adolescents.
My mother was a student at the time of the film’s release and apparently what she remembers most is how it unlocked people’s fear of alienation. Watching it I can see that is true for sure, because at times the actual horror of the scene is never really brought to the fore.
The film is set out like a true story, and that is likely another element which adds to its haunting nature. As the film further unfolds more tensions are revealed and the true horror beneath the surface of this repressed Victoriana is revealed. You are never really told what the true meaning is or the true fates of the girls are. But, that being said, I prefer it that way. It is better sometimes to leave some questions unanswered.
MY RATING: ***.5 / *****