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Wolf Creek, written and directed by Greg McClean, is the Blair Witch Project of the Australian outback. Capitalizing on the human fear of becoming lost in the wilderness, in this case a desert crater called Wolf Creek National Park, this graphic horror film exploits the handheld camera to capture the grotesque actions of Mick Taylor (John Janatt), a sadistic serial killer. When a hip twenty-something guy, Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips), and two hippie-ish girls, Cassandra (Liz Hunter) and Kristy (Kestie Morassi), take a road trip and their car breaks down, they have no choice but to accept help from Mick, an eccentric rural Aussie, who, like a spider, tows them into his nightmarish lair. Mick hunts kangaroos and hates tourists, translating his fetish for knives, shotguns, and other torture devices into a need to kill humans as if they're vermin infesting his majestic landscape. Ample blood and gore leave the viewer feeling nearly as sick as the girls who are forced to watch each other die. Like Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Mick Taylor is a savvy, calculating killer, despicable but psychologically fascinating. --Trinie Dalton
- Commentary by director/writer Greg McLean, executive producer Matt Hearn and actors Cassandra Magrath and Kestie Morassi
- "Making of Wolf Creek" featurette
- Deleted scene
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WORST: The introductory scene stretches on and on without any budding drama. We could have easily done without the party and beach scenes and jumped right to three friends hanging out, smoking and having fun on a road trip before it all goes downhill. Poor editing on the director's part.
The most unrealistic scene involves Mick miraculously recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck after he drugs the kids and tortures Kristy. Kristy is saved by Liz, who manages to undo her ziptie handcuffs, steal one of Mick's guns and shoot him in the neck; they proceed to take his truck and try to escape. Amazingly enough, Mick is able to stand up moments later, fire a huge shotgun with almost perfect aim and then chase them, despite how he should have suffered from moderate blood loss by now. The neck is vascular and serious injury there usually causes hemorrhaging! Mick appears to almost have inhuman strength, and this reduces the film's realism.
Ben's miraculous escape from his own crucifixion into the Outback, where he is later rescued by tourists, is a bit unbelievable as well. Jarratt is like a hawk, so how did Ben manage to run far enough to escape his captor? Where was Jarratt when Ben escaped? We never get to see Jarratt torture Ben, yet Ben ends up being the survivor, so this makes us care little about his triumph in escaping. All of these issues made me take off 2 stars.
BEST: The best part of the movie involves the action-packed chase between Mick and Kristy, who runs off after Liz is stabbed and left paralyzed in Mick's garage in the infamous 'head on a stick' scene. It keeps you groaning in disbelief and horror as you think Kristy has finally escaped, only to be wrangled in by Mick again. It plays on a very simple idea of 'predator vs. prey' that enthralls us and appeals to our primitive natures. It is this scene that makes Jarratt seem even more twisted as he goes into full hunter mode. More of these kinds of scenes should have been in the movie.
Overall, Jarratt's excellent performance carries the weight of this film and makes it worth seeing at least once.
...and wake up in the sort of hostage situation that torture porn is born of. Yes, this movie does get the TP classification from me. It's Australia's answer to Hostel.
Each one of the kids manages an escape attempt, but only one gets out alive, and in the meantime fingers are chopped off, someone gets impaled, someone else gets nails through the wrists. No, it's not pretty, but Jarratt is totally convincing as this scary psychopath who seems to take everything in stride.