STONES OF DEATH
The filmmakers have clearly set out to emulate the American horror models of the day. The focus is on teenagers being killed the justification for this is that the white men killed off several Aboriginal teenagers in the previous century and now teens living on the site in the present day are being claimed in retribution. In the idea of the Aboriginal medicine man haunting the teens in their dreams, you can see that the producers were clearly trying to imitate the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and sequels, which were the biggest thing around in horror at the time Kadaicha was made. The other film that holds an influence is Poltergeist (1982) from which this has lifted wholesale the idea of the haunting of a new housing development that has been built on a native burial ground. The other film of influence is Peter Weirs fascinatingly mystical The Last Wave (1977) from which this film has clearly taken the theme of white men being haunted by Aboriginal magic and the underlying sense of colonial guilt that runs through both.
Kadaicha is eminently forgettable. Despite its novel idea of combining Aboriginal mysticism with an Elm Street-type film, little attempt is made to explore Aboriginal mythology. James Bogles handling is routine and uninspired. In particular, one scene where the group of teens go swimming at the river and something brushes against Fiona Gauntletts feet and she puzzles over the fact the others are some way away before being dragged under fails to achieve any atmosphere due to shoddy and amateurish camerawork.
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