Razorback (1984)

Australia, 1984
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
Dolby, English

An Australian horror film directed by Russell Mulcahy.

Plot Summary

A gigantic, vicious Razorback – a kind of wild boar – is terrorizing a small Australian outback town. It kills an American television journalist covering the story and her husband Carl arrives looking to find and kill the beast but encounters hostility from the locals as he tries.


Director: Russell Mulcahy
AAU, Western Film Productions
Producer: Hal McElroy
Associate Producer: Tim Sanders
Script: Everett De Roche
Novel: Peter Brennan
Director of Photography: Dean Semler
Editor: William M. Anderson
Music: Iva Davies
Sound Mixers: Peter Fenton, Phil Heywood, Ron Purvis
Costume Designer: Helen Hooper
Razorback Designer: Bob McCarron
Production Designer: Bryce Walmsley

Gregory Harrison (Carl Winters)
Arkie Whiteley (Sarah Cameron)
Bill Kerr (Jake Cullen)
Chris Haywood (Benny Baker)
David Argue (Dicko Baker)
Judy Morris (Beth Winters)
John Ewart (Turner)
John Howard (Danny)
Don Smith (Wallace)
Mervyn Drake (Andy)
Redmond Phillips (magistrate)
Alan Becher (counsel)
Peter Schwarz (lawyer)
Beth Child (Louise Cullen)
Rick Kennedy (farmer)
Chris Hession (television cowboy)
Brian Adams (male newscaster)
Jinx Lootens (female newscaster)
Angus Malone (Scotty)
Peter Boswell (Wagstaff)
Don Lane

Alternative Titles

Corte da Navalha, O – Brazil
Dödens käftar – Sweden
Harjaniska – Finland
Hirmukarju – Finland
Razorback – Kampfkoloß der Hölle – West Germany
Razorback – O Javali Assassino – Brazil (television)
Razorback: oltre l’urlo del demonio – Italy



  • Cinefantastique vol.15 no.2 (May 1985) p.21 – production notes
  • Cinema Papers no.44/45 (April 1984) p.77 (Australia) – credits
  • Cinema Papers no.46 (July 1984) pp.139-141, 178 – illustrated interview, review
  • City Limits no.199 (26 July 1985) p.23 – review
  • Ècran Fantastique no.47 (July /August 1984) p.18 – review
  • Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.11 note (Les prochaines sorties)
  • Ècran Fantastique no.53 (February 1985) pp.32-34 – illustrated article
  • Film News vol.14 no.4 (April 1984) p.17 – review
  • Films and Filming no.365 (February 1985) p.39 – review
  • Hotdog no.77 (July 2006) pp.36-37 – illustrated article (Swimming with sharks by Jay Slater)
  • Metro no.64 (1984) p.51 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.52 no.613 (February 1985) p.55 (UK) – credits, synopsis, review
  • On Location vol.8 no.4 (August 1984) pp.145, 210 – production notes
  • Première February 1985 p.17 – review (by Michèle Halberstadt)
  • Revue du Cinéma/Image et Son no.402 (February 1985) pp.28-29 – review
  • Screen International no.396 (28 May 1983) p.10 – note
  • Screen International no.406 (6 August 1983) p.9 – note
  • Screen International no.478 (5 January 1985) p.26 (UK) – credits, review
  • Starburst no.77 (January 1985) pp.32-37 – illustrated interview
  • Strange Adventures vol.5 no.6 no.54 (June 1994) – illustrated review (by William D. Andrews)
  • Variety 4 April 1984 p.20 (USA) – credits, review
  • Video Business vol.5 no.23 (5 August 1985) p.18 – interview with Russell Mulcahey


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.259 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features compiled and edited by Scott Murray p.164 – illustrated credits, synopsis
  • Australian Horror Films 1973-2010 by Peter Shelley pp.83-89 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.466
  • Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott & Kim Newman p.249
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) pp.238