Title – Road Games
Released – 1981
Director – Richard Franklin
Starring – Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis
Review – Road Games is a surprisingly effective road-thriller in the vein of Hitchcock (think Rear Window with a truck instead of a wheelchair). Similarly to Spielberg’s Duel from a decade earlier, Road Games follows a lone driver travelling a barren land (Australia’s Nullarbor Plain) who enters into a cat-and-mouse conflict with another driver. Keach is fantastic as the poetry quoting, dingo owning truck driver Pat Quid and his relationship with Curtis’ charming hitchhiker is a highlight. Franklin’s direction is masterful, on par with even Spielberg, and the clever script is pulls off being both funny and thrilling. A true underrated gem of Ozploitation cinema.
Reviewed by Tom