Karlovy Vary fest honors ‘neglected genre’

Risque Australian films of yesteryear in the spotlight

MOSCOW — The Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s popular Midnight Screenings slot will feature risqué Australian movies from the 1970s and 80s this year.

The Ozploitation section — taking its tongue-in-cheek name from last year’s Blaxploitation screenings — will screen what organizers dub “blood-drenched horror films, high-octane action thrillers with exhilarating car chases, and shameless sex comedies.”

The six midnight screenings include the best of a “neglected genre” that formed a radical shift of direction after such intellectual Australian films as “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

The films are highway thriller “Roadgames” and horror flick “Patrick,” both directed by Richard Franklin; helmer Colin Eggleston’s horror-tinged character study “Long Weekend”; Russell Mulcahy’s wild pig shocker “Razorback”; kung-fu spy fantasy “The Man From Hong Kong”; and “Dead-End Drive In,” a futuristic thriller set in a drive-in theater turned into a concentration camp for social degenerates, both by Brian Trenchard-Smith.

The out-of-competition program — like several other retros of the genre at fests over the past two years — is inspired by Mark Hartley’s 2008 documentary “Not Quite Hollywood,” which, the fest said, “revived the cult of a unique piece of movie history, greatly admired by Quentin Tarantino among others.”

The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary fest runs July 2-10.