Rogue is a 2007 Australian independent horror film about a group of tourists in Australia who fall prey to a giant, man-eating crocodile. Rogue was released in Australia on 8 November 2007.
The film stars Michael Vartan and Radha Mitchell and was directed, written, and produced by Greg McLean, who also directed the 2005 indie-Australian horror hit Wolf Creek. It was produced by David Lightfoot and Matt Hearn and made on a budget of A$26.9 million. The film was inspired by the true story of Sweetheart, a giant Australian crocodile that attacked boats in the late 1970s, although in real life, Sweetheart was never responsible for a fatal attack.
An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile.
- Michael Vartan as Pete McKell
- Radha Mitchell as Kate Ryan
- Sam Worthington as Neil
- Stephen Curry as Simon
- Celia Ireland as Gwen
- John Jarratt as Russell
- Heather Mitchell as Elizabeth
- Geoff Morrell as Allen
- Mia Wasikowska as Sherry
- Caroline Brazier as Mary Ellen
- Robert Taylor as Everett Kennedy
- Damien Richardson as Collin
Rogue debuted in the Australian box office on 11 November 2007 making A$667,194. After 11 weeks in the nation's cinemas it left making A$1.8 million. It was released in the United States on 25 April 2008 and in its first weekend made US$7,711. It remained in theatres for three more days before making an exit on a low US$10,452. As of 8 August 2008, Rogue has made A$3,475,708 worldwide.
Although the film was a box office failure, it received many positive reviews from critics, making it more critically successful than McLean's previous film, Wolf Creek. Melbourne's Herald Sun critic Leigh Paatsch gave the film three out of five stars stating that, "If you must see at least one killer croc movie before you die, it may as well be this polished little Australian schlocker". Sydney Morning Herald critic Sandra Hall gave the movie three and a half out of five stars writing that, "[I]t's almost elegant. Its only disadvantage is it conjures up inevitable comparisons with Jaws...a benchmark the film has no hope of achieving".
As of 2 November 2011 the film holds a rare 100% approval rating from 11 critics on Rotten Tomatoes with an average 7.7/10 rating.
Rogue was released on DVD in Australia on 29 May 2008. The DVD's special features include "The Making of Rogue" documentary, four featurettes, and a theatrical trailer. The US and UK DVDs feature an additional audio commentary. As of 2013, Rogue has been released on Blu-ray in the US and UK. The US disc features the film only, whilst the UK disc includes all of the aforementioned extras, bar the trailer.
- The wall of crocodile photos in the bar are real.
- One of two Australian crocodile movies made and released in 2007. The other picture was Black Water (2007).
- Sam Worthington did his own stunt when he falls off the boat.
- Radha Mitchell was director Greg Mclean's first choice to play Kate.
- The croc's lair was constructed and shot in a warehouse in Maidstone (Melbourne Victoria Australia) which was the same site for much of internal barn shots in Charlotte's Web (2006). With story set in the rugged Northern Territory and much of the shooting done there also many would be surprised to learn that many of the "island" shots were done in a man made lake in country Victoria. The art department and the greens department being responsible for making the rocks and trees resemble those in the Territory.
- This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture.
- The scenes in the crocodile's lair were filmed in three weeks.