Release Year: 2005
Director: Greg McLean
Writer: Greg McLean
Starring: John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips, Guy O’Donnell, Geoff Revell
Rating: Nominated for 1 Saturn Award: Best Horror Film.
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback encounter a sadistic psychopath who drags them into a hellish nightmare of gruesome torture.
Greg McLean’s (Rogue, 2007) Australian outback horror Wolf Creek is one of those films hose “plot” is engineered simply to showcase sadistic violence. Those who appreciate such films will no doubt praise it for being “relentless” and “uncompromising” in its depiction of violence while for others the first word to come to mind for such films is something in the line of “despicable”. Based on the plot description you will be excused for thinking this is some kind of Australian version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) featuring mix between Crocodile Dundee and two real life backpacker killers who inspired the script. It feels like two movies rolled into one; the first hour is a slow build up focused on the three young travelers and their encounter with a seemingly friendly outdoorsy pig hunter called Mick (John Jarratt). The final half hour of the film is more akin to a snuff film than anything else. Jarratt (Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975) is a potentially very creepy character but at the end of the day there is nothing scary about brutal violence, it is sad and tragic not frightening. If you like torture films this might be your thing, otherwise I advise you to give this one a pass.
Unbeknownst to the film makers, the closed mine they used for filming had actually been the site of a real murder. Locals protested against the filming because they erroneously thought that the film was about that event.
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