Dark Age (1987)

Australia, USA, 1987
35mm film, Panavision, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An Australian/American horror film directed by Arch Nicholson.

Plot Summary

A park ranger and two local guides try to track and kill a giant crocodile.


Director: Arch Nicholson
© MCMLXXXVII [1987] International Film Management Limited
An RKO Pictures-FGH presentation. Developed with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission
Executive Producer: Antony I. Ginnane
Producer: Basil Appleby
Screenplay: Sonia Borg
From the Novel by: Numunwari by Grahame Webb
Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie
Film Editor: Adrian Carr
Music: Danny Beckerman
Sound Recordist: Garry Wilkins
Costume Designer:
Make-up: Sonja Smuk
Hairdresser: Paul Williams
Special F.X. (Crocodile): Brian Rollston, Luke O’Halloran, Mike Henrickson
Special F.X.: Brian Cox
Visual Effects:
Production Designer: David Copping

John Jarratt (Steve Harris)
Nikki Coghill (Cathy Pope)
Max Phipps (John Besser)
Burnam Burnam (Oondabund)
Gulpilil (Adjaral)
Ray Meagher (Rex Garret)
Jeff Ashby (Max Wilson)
Paul Bertram (Jackson)
Ron Blanchard (Bluey Noakes)
Gerry Duggan (Joe Blunt)
James Fitzgerald (Smithy)
Ken Radley (Reynolds)
Janet Kingsbury (Ann Wilson)
James Fitzgerald (Smithy)
Hank Mosby (Hitchens)
James Mann (Kelly)
Jock McCullum (King)
Chris Anderson, Barry Cummings, Cameron Blackley (thugs)
Robert Anderson (Jacobs)
Regan Leftwich (Nancy)

Alternative Titles

Blood Surf 2 – Philippines

Extracts included in
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)



  • Australia on the Small Screen, 1970-1995: The Complete Guide to Tele-features and Mini-series by Scott Murray pp.34-35 – illustrated credits, synopsis
  • Australian Horror Films 1973-2010 by Peter Shelley pp.95-98 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.126-127 – credits, synopsis
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.109
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.491