Adding to the list of pleasant surprises from this year’s Frightfest, Two Heads Creek sets out to give its audience a wild ride – and does so.

The film follows the journey of Norman (Jordan Waller), who believes himself to be of Polish descent. But after his mother dies, Norman and his sister Annabelle (Kathryn Wilder) learn they may in fact have been adopted – and that their real mother lives in Australia.

Deciding to leave their Polish shop in the UK behind, the pair fly down under to try and track their mum to the town of Two Heads Creek. Unfortunately, when they get there, Norman and Annabelle are told that their real mother has in fact just passed away. Worse still, the town seems full of some of the strangest folk you are likely to meet – and the stuff they get up to is even stranger…

The film takes aim at just about everybody, from Brexit Brits to Aussie stereotypes, but always with a sense of mischief. There are jokes poking fun at those same stereotypes, along with characters spouting casual racism – but it is the deliverer of the supposed ‘joke’ that is skewered and then made fun of. And there are a series of genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, with the film racing from one set-piece to another with gusto.

There is also plenty of splatter, but it is more of the over-the-top variety like early Peter Jackson than torture porn.

Two Heads Creek also manages to throw in a musical number (which I normally hate), but as the song concerned horror movies I was even able to let that slide.

The performances are enjoyable all round – there is undoubted ham being thrown around, but that simply fits the mood so it all works. Waller and Wilder work as a great double act – with simmering sibling rivalry making way for teamwork as the pair battle to survive. And the rest of the town has so many standout – and offbeat – turns, it would be rude to single anyone out.

Credit must also go to Waller as he also penned the script, which is smart, surprising and knowing, walking the line between satire and parody with great skill.

Aussie director Jesse O’Brien does a sterling job in keeping the whole thing together, with the fish-out-of-water scenario played to the hilt (helped tremendously by the film’s opening in some dour, damp, British craphole town).

Irreverent, chock full of memorable characters and inspired moments, Two Heads Creek truly delivers.

Arrow Video Frightfest Digital Review: Two Heads Creek
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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle