Lost Gully Road – Australia, 2017

‘Don’t stay too long’

Lost Gully Road is a 2017 Australian supernatural horror feature film directed by Donna McRae (Johnny Ghost) from a screenplay co-written with Michael Vale. The movie stars Adele Perovic, John Brumpton (The Loved Ones) and Eloise Mignon. The film features cinematography by Laszlo Baranyai, production design from visual artist Michael Vale, and a score by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.

Plot:

Lucy travels to an isolated house in the forest to wait for her sister. They have worked out a risky scheme for their future and all she needs to do is sit it out. However a sinister presence may have something different in mind…

Reviews:

“McRae’s exploration of thematic elements and sustained mood elevates Lost Gully Road from a simple haunted house film to a brilliantly crafted and intimate thriller that will haunt the viewer for some time after watching. Trading in jump-scares for a bleak, lingering atmosphere, the film is vastly different from the rehashed supernatural thrillers that overcrowd the subgenre these days.” Crypt Teaze

“Balancing fear, anxiety, boredom, and uncertainty can’t be an easy task, but Perovic handles it with ease. A scene where she celebrates her birthday alone is particularly touching. The third act moments are equally impressive, with Perovic giving herself completely to the physical necessities of the story.” The Curb

Lost Gully Road ably builds up the tension over its shortish running time. László Baranyai’s cinematography (he also shot Johnny Ghost) adds to the mood and isolates Lucy still further, her red coat standing out against the forest greens and browns, the wide Scope frame emphasising her isolation.” The Digital Fix

“The few flaws that I can see (some rough CGI stuff, a few repetitive moments here and there) are nothing that stands in the film’s way […] As it stands today, we mostly see rehashed roller-coaster rides, while Lost Gully Road is a soulful and intimate thriller that leaves an emotion in you.” Film Bizarro

” …a slow burner of a tale that doesn’t feel rushed to get to where it’s going. Some may find the pace too languid for their tastes when it comes to things that go bump in the night. However, spending so much time with Lucy as her days of isolation blur into one, gives the film a dark brooding sense of fear.” Film Ink

Lost Gully Road is full of silence and long takes that highlight Lucy’s isolation, her boredom and her deteriorating mental state. Perovic is often the only face on screen, requiring expression of a well of internal emotions through wordless gestures. She is immediately vital to Lost Gully Road.” Flicks.com.au

Filming locations:

Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Running time:

80 minutes

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