Long Weekend (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Long Weekend (2008)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 2,695 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Filming Location: Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia
  • Director: Jamie Blanks
  • Stars: Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan and Star
  • Original Music By: Jamie Blanks   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Remake | Remake Of Australian Film | Horror Movie Remake

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Everett De Roche  written by

Known Trivia

  • This movie’s Second Unit Director Vincent Monton was the Cinematographer on the original Long Weekend.
  • This movie’s closing endnote states that this film is dedicated “In Memory of Colin Eggleston”. Eggleston was the director of the original Long Weekend.
  • Jim Caviezel (as Jim Caviezel) received top / first billing, Claudia Karvan received second billing.
  • The pub seen in this film is named “The Eggleston Hotel”. This hotel is named after Colin Eggleston” who was the director of the original Long Weekend.
  • This remake was made and released about thirty years after the original Long Weekend.
  • This Australian movie remake did not get a theatrical release in Australia unlike the original Long Weekend.
  • Second Australian horror movie directed by Melbourne born Jamie Blanks. Storm Warning was his first. Prior to this Blanks had directed two American horror feature movies, Urban Legend and Valentine.
  • Actor Jim Caviezel regularly impersonated Christopher Walken during filming and footage of this can be seen on the DVD special feature “Jim and the Ducks”.
  • This movie was filmed entirely on location.
  • Long Weekend producer Richard Brennan and actress Briony Behets advised the the production regarding the original film Long Weekend and are thanked in the credits.

Goofs: Continuity: The first time you see Peter with a rifle, it's a bolt action but when he shoots into the water at the beach, he's using a semi-auto.

Plot: A vacationing couple in the wilderness learns what happens when they disrespect nature. Full summary »  »

Story: Peter and Carla have a wasted marriage and constant friction. Peter buys expensive camping gear and, despite the protests of Carla, insists they travel with their dog Cricket to camp on the isolated Moondah Beach in the North Coast with his friend Luke and his girlfriend during the rainy holiday. Peter stops in a pub at the Eggleston Hotel and leaves a message for Luke with the owner of the pub. When Peter takes what he believes to be shortcut to the beach, he gets lost and the couple spends the night sleeping in their SUV. The next morning, Peter organizes the campsite and their intrusion into and abuse of the natural environment begins. During the two days, the couple's relationship deteriorates while the nature avenges the bad treatment the couple has inflicted upon it.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

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Synopsis: This film is a remake of Long Weekend (1978) and has since been renamed "Natures Grave".A married couple barely able to hide their contempt for each other, Peter (James Caviezel) and Carla (Claudia Karvan) embark on a camping vacation over a holiday weekend to make use of the expensive gear Peter purchased, much to his wife’s disgust. Heading off into the wilds of Australia, the couple bickers and stews in the hostile mood. While finding the campsite tricky to find, the pair finally arrive and hope to make the most out of the situation through ocean play, sunbathing, and outdoor cooking. Stomping around nature, Peter and Carla’s tactless ways raise the ire of the local wildlife, which torture the duo with strange occurrences and vicious attacks. Eager to bolt once the reality of violence sets in, the couple furiously tries to abandon the campsite, but nature has other plans for hapless pair.

The original is an environmentally-conscious film about a couple who decide to spend on a long weekend on an isolated beach to repair their relationship. While there, they "encounter nature’s revenge." Maybe they’ll get pelted with tons of water bottles and buried under piles of littered garbage. The story is once again coming from the pen of Everett De Roche, who wrote the original, but there is no word on how much has been updated. This is actually the second of back-to-back films from Blanks about couples in peril in nature. He just wrapped another film called Storm Warning, where a yuppie couple get lost in a swamp and "drift off course and into a world of pain." Principal photography is set to begin in October, and the movie will probably come out in 2008. In the meantime, I’d like to start up a campaign that keeps the word "suspenser" from ever being used again. [D-Man2010]

A suburban couple take a weekend vacation in the hopes of repairing their relationship. What they don’t know is that when they mess with nature, Nature will bite them back. They set out to an isolated beach where they encounter nature’s revenge. [D-Man2010]

A married couple go on a camping trip to heal their savagely difficult relationship, but prove as destructive to the world around them as they are to themselves. [D-Man2010]

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Produced By:

  • Tal Ben-Haim known as associate producer
  • Jamie Blanks known as executive producer
  • Ian Bond known as associate producer
  • Michael Borrelli known as associate producer
  • Adam Budworth known as associate producer
  • Trevor Burke known as associate producer
  • Robert Carlyle known as associate producer
  • Ian Gibbins known as executive producer
  • Gary Hamilton known as producer
  • Jerome Lynch known as associate producer
  • Lucy McLaren known as line producer
  • Nigel Odell known as producer
  • Craig Rush known as associate producer
  • Mark Ryan known as associate producer
  • Stuart Sutherland known as executive producer
  • Victor Syrmis known as executive producer
  • Phil Taylor known as executive producer
  • Kieran Vaughan known as associate producer
  • Stephen Vullo known as associate producer
  • Steve Wilkinson known as executive producer
  • Michael Wolkind known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jim Caviezel known as Peter
  • Claudia Karvan known as Carla
  • Star known as Cricket
  • Robert Taylor known as Bartender
  • John Brumpton known as Old Timer
  • Roger Ward known as Truckie
  • Lara Robinson known as Girl In Car
  • Gordon Waddell known as Campervan man
  • Jude Beaumont known as Campervan woman
  • Gary McMillan known as Pool Player
  • Everett De Roche known as Barfly
  • Christopher Brown known as Radio Voice
  • Robert Taylor known as Bartender

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  • Justin Dix known as creature and makeup effects designer
  • Efisia Fele known as creature and makeup effects assistant
  • Zeljka Stanin known as key hair
  • Zeljka Stanin known as key makeup

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Production Companies:

  • Azure Communications and Entertainment Group
  • Darclight Films International
  • Film Victoria
  • Screen Australia
  • Southern Arc Films

Other Companies:

  • Soundfirm  sound post-production

Distributors:

  • Arclight Films (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Atlantic Film (2010) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Earth Star Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Focus Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Pinema (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Roadshow Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Screen Media Films (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sunfilm Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sunfilm Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Sarah Sparnenn known as digital compositor
  • Kaspar Zwirner known as senior compositor

Release Date:

  • Spain 9 October 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • France 30 January 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • UK June 2009 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • Germany 24 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 4 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 21 August 2009 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • Portugal 3 September 2009 (MOTELx Lisbon International Horror Film Festival)
  • Hungary 20 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 15 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 21 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 19 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 24 June 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language, some disturbing violent images and brief sexual material

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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