1988 / Director. Mark Joffe.
Here's a few things I love. Australian cinema of the 80s, John Waters, Colin Friels, Kim Gyngell and Bruno Lawrence... the 1988 film Grievous Bodily Harm showcases all of them. This is a slick and competent psycho thriller about a man's obsession with his wife's death. He believes she's still alive contrary to conflicting stories and driven to mania by his fixation, he embarks on a murder spree, killing anyone who obstructs his personal investigation. The story also introduces a detective and an ambitious journalist, lending way to a taut and suspenseful psycho thriller. This is a fantastic film and its possibly the best of John Water's career. He plays the serial killer and his performance is absolutely chilling. Devoid of emotion with a stone cold compulsion, he is so convincing as a maniac... one home invasion scene in particular is haunting. All of the other players are great too and the script is well constructed, with an international appeal. I honestly don't know why Australia doesn't produce many films like this any more. In the 80s and 90s we had so many fantastic films... some titles like Hunting, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Dangerous Game. Back then we didn't have a chip on our shoulder and we dared to produce high quality genre films. I reckon we've lost a certain audacity nowadays with a lot more pretentious and wanky art films (not to say they're all crap). Every few months I return to classic Aussie cinema because its some of the best. The late 80s and early 90s was particularly awesome and Grievous Bodily Harm rates!!!