Director David Hemmings Music directorBrian May Duration CountryAustralia
WriterDavid Ambrose, James Herbert Release date9 July 1981 (1981-07-09) (Australia) CastRobert Powell (Keller), Jenny Agutter (Hobbs), Joseph Cotten (Priest), Angela Punch McGregor (Beth (as Angela Punch-McGregor)), Peter Sumner (Tewson) Similar moviesInterstellar, Independence Day, Self/less, Non-Stop, Blackhat, The Grey
TaglineA tale of death, and of an evil which transcends death
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The Survivor is a 1981 Australian horror thriller film starring Robert Powell and Jenny Agutter, based on a novel of the same name by James Herbert. It saw the final film appearance of actor Joseph Cotten.
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A pilot survives the crash of his airplane, unhurt despite all of its 300 passengers dying in the accident. With no memories of the accident, he starts to suffer strange supernatural visions, guiding him to suspect that something happened in the crash and that the accident maybe wasn't an accident.
Robert Powell as Keller
Jenny Agutter as Hobbs
Joseph Cotten as Priest
Angela Punch McGregor as Beth
Peter Sumner as Tewson
Lorna Lesley as Susan
Ralph Cotterill as Slater
Adrian Wright as Goodwin
Tim Rice as Newscaster
$350,000 of the budget was invested by the South Australian Film Corporation, with a similar amount coming from English investors. The rest came from Greater Union, a TV sale and private investment.
Prior to filming David Hemmings and Antony I Ginnane discussed whether to make the film gory or more cerebral in the vein of The Innocents (1961). They chose the latter, a decision Ginnane later said was a mistake.
Ginnane asked Brian Trenchard-Smith to cut a ten-minute trailer to promote the film to potential buyers before it had been finished. This meant he had to shoot some shots of Jenny Agutter. He later cut the trailer for the actual film when it was released.
James Herbert, who wrote the novel upon which the film was based, described the film as "terrible ... absolute rubbish."