I first saw 'Wolf Creek' when I was about 16 years old and it always stayed with me. I've since re-watched it and it's just as weighty now as it was when I first saw it 7 years ago.
Whilst this movie might appear to be your standard slasher, it's much more terrifying for the simple fact that it feels so real. It's based on a true story, so it could be to do with that. But the idea of three backpackers going into the outback where they're unfamiliar with their surroundings and getting picked up by a seemingly friendly and helpful man who offers to fix their car for free is VERY believable. It almost feels like this is something that could happen to me or you or anyone else. There are no coincidences, the killer's actions are premeditated - he follows them, tampers with their car and then comes to their rescue at the appropriate moment so as to lure them back to his place. What's even more realistic is that the characters are suspicious and wary of this man, but are limited in the choices they have. They're stuck in the middle of the out-back with no car, no signal (every movie has to have at least one cliche) and no money, so have very little choice but to accept the help that's offered.
Kudos to John Jarrat's performance as the antagonist, Mick. He really brings to life a terrifying killer that makes you feel at ease just for seeing his face or hearing his voice. From the second we're introduced to him the tension is felt. The other performances, although not excellent, are decent.
The violence is somewhat closer to movies such as Saw or Hostel, rather than traditional slashers such as Halloween or Friday the 13th, so gore fans will enjoy that. One particular scene that haunts me forever is the one where Mick severs Liz's spinal chord by twisting his knife into her back, which is capable of setting anyone's teeth on edge and making their insides churn.
I like that the characters don't make foolish decisions and Liz in particular makes a damn good effort to escape and survive. All of her actions are justified and I found myself screaming at the screen every time her attempts were thwarted. It created a real sense of inevitability surrounding their fates. Mick was the one in control, he was the one that had the power and he exercised that throughout.
The ending is a slight let down in comparison to the rest of the movie and feels almost too easy. Whilst the two girls, Liz and Kristy go through a living hell, are sexually assaulted, tortured, tormented and killed, Ben simply wakes up in cave with some angry dogs barking at him, stumbles out and eventually gets rescued. By having Ben as the sole survivor having been absent for the majority of the movie, is very unsatisfying because let's face it, he's done nothing to warrant his survival. It would've been so much more rewarding for the survivor to have been one of the girls instead, since they fought so hard to live. Or even better, they should've included Ben in the middle half of the film and had him going through the events with the two girls rather than being separated from them.
Having said this, 'Wolf Creek' is still a very raw movie that struck a chord with me all those years ago and compelled me to re-watch it and come and write a review.
Action / Horror / Thriller
Action / Horror / Thriller
Three backpackers travel into the Australian Outback only to find themselves stranded at Wolf Creek crater. Once there, they are encountered by a bushman, Mick Taylor, who offers them a ride back to his place. Little do the three know that their adventure into the Outback would be a complete nightmare after the backpackers find a way to escape.
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