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Dark Age (1988)




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Dark Age could also be titled The Dark Side -- of Crocodile Dundee, that is. This Australian action-packed thriller concerns the illegal hunting of crocodiles in the outback. But you'll find no Paul Hogan or (worse luck) Linda Kozlowski this time. Instead, we have a skulk-and-snap chiller straight out of Jaws. The action in The Dark Age is very involving -- much more so than the dialogue, which is obscured by the actors thick Aussie dialects.


Burnham Burnham
as Oondabund
Burnam Burnam
as Oondabund
Paul Bertram
as Jackson
Ron Blanchard
as Bluey Noakes
Gerry Duggan
as Joe Blunt
Ken Radley
as Reynolds
Janet Kingsbury
as Ann Wilson
Elaine Mangan
as TV Reporter
David Taylor
as Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Dark Age

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Nicholson's aesthetic and thematic impulses collide with a striking, jittery sort of panache.

July 9, 2019 | Full Review…

[An] especially fine example of Australian killer animal cinema.

June 25, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Arch Nicholson's late 80s entry is well worth revisiting as it manages more than a few thrills while also being something of an atypical entry in the giant animal category.

July 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Horror fans will be pleasantly horrified to find John Jarratt, no infamous worldwide as Wolf Creek's sadistic serial killer, turning it out as a lovable ranger.

December 14, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It's well-produced and acted, and an intelligent environmental adventure film results.

March 23, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

What makes Dark Age most horrific though, and indicative of the complexities the horror genre can engage, is the thought that people can so effortlessly overlook the epic variations of natural power hovering just beneath the surface.

October 14, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Age


There has been so many rip offs of Jaws since its release in 1975 that many animals and other creatures have been used as a plot device to terrorize the inhabitants of a town whether it's on sea or land. With Dark Age, the sinister beast is a giant crocodile that wrecks havoc. This is a good movie that takes place in the Australian outback. John Jarrat (who would later play the villain in Wolf Creek) stars as Steve Harris, the ranger tasked with hunting the giant croc. This is a well thought out creature feature that has a good plot and effective acting to keep you interested. However this is an overlooked gem, as many other croc themed films have surfaced since, and this one is kind of a forgotten low budget B movie. The film relies on a good sense of atmosphere and slow pacing to steadily build up the fear and dread in the viewer. Director Arch Nicholson crafts a very good pulse pounding nature gone wild film that is much darker than other films in the genre. The tone is more serious and never tongue in cheek. There are also some pretty good kill scenes and the croc has a serious appetite and feeds on just about anything. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I think it is a standout film in the genre with a good plot, good acting and a dark, ominous score that adds to the experience, you owe it to yourself to check this film out as it is a smartly crafted horror film that just doesn't go right into the action, but slowly builds up the fear right up till the first kill. There have been quite a few croc films, but I have to say that Dark Age is one of the best that I have seen.

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