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I've seen this film about 10 times. I am watching it again today as it is a rainy sunday morning and I don't feel at all guilty about it as I have an extra hour today thanks to the clocks going back!
The story follows 2 english girls who are travelling across Australia. They pick up an Australian lad somewhere along the line and off they go.
At one point they get back to their car to find the battery is flat Oh no.... but not to worry because a friendly Australian chap comes along just at the right time to help them. He offers to tow them back to his, stating that in the morning he'll be able to get their car working so they can be on their way.
They spend the evening drinking and chatting until they all fall asleep.
When they wake up, we realise that the "friendly Australian chap" is actually a sick, twisted man who sets about torturing them all.
But that's enough of the story.........
The film gets into the horror and evil pretty quickly, about 15 minutes in and you're already on the edge of your seat. And it doesn't let up. This film is not at all easy to watch. In fact the first time I watched it I had the covers up to my eyes virtually the whole of the time.
There are some visually gruesome and gory parts to this film, but mostly it is full of suspense that leaves you digging your fingernails into your palms. The making a head on a stick in particular is utterly hideous.
The acting in this film is great. You really connect with the characters and have a horrible feeling of dread and panic the whole time you are watching.
I have the film on again in the background as I type this and I am only half an hour into the film and the stress that the film makes me feel is making me type this frantically!!
The story is allegedly based on a true story and I have some questions on that claim but that probably isn't a question for here.
I don't want to give away too much of the story, you should definitely see this film if you haven't and I don't want to spoil it, but what I will say is that this is one of the most exciting, uncomfortable films that I have ever seen...... even when I know what's coming!
Wolf Creek is a chilling account, based loosely on real life events, about a group of friends who intend to take a road around the wilderness that is central Australia.Like many horror films these days, Wolf Creek comes from the "cheap horror" factory and for me at least it didn't really succeed in creating any real scenes that had me quaking in my seat. I am obliged to watch a fair few horror films but I wouldn't put myself through this again. And if there was a sequel, I definitely wouldn't be rushing to the cinema to see it. Cheaply made and it shows.
Wolf Creek (WC) is an Australian film by promising new director Greg Mclean The film focuses on two English backpackers, Liz and Kristy in their early 20s,and Ben, an Aussie, whom they team up with in Broome, Western Australia. The three decide to travel together across the outback to Cairns in Queensland, camping along the way and visiting their first destination, Wolf Creek This is a remote site where a giant meteor impacted leaving a huge crater in its wake. Ben rents an old jalopy for the purpose of the trip. After a drunken send-off party with friends the 3 leave early the next morning worse for wear. The film is done in documentary style with add-libbed dialogue, and has a natural, relaxed and happy feel to it. The location shots are beautifully photographed - one of the film's highlights.The impression of isolation in the outback, and a brief unpleasant encounter at a remote fill-up station with some rednecks making lewd suggestions at the girls, suggests that our trio may be out of their depth should they hit serious trouble of any kind. Although no horror or much else seems to happen for the first 50 minutes this is deceptive. The trio are on the road, laughing and making small chat, ie how most young people behave when they are relaxing on holiday. It's this aspect which gives the film a sense of realism as I could identify with the characters unlike the stereotyped, glossy actors you find in many Hollywood horror films. But it does seem to take an inordinate amount of time to get to the 'horror' part of WC on first viewing, and a younger horror audience or those with low attention spans may get bored quickly.
The transition in mood begins once the group reach their first destination, Wolf Creek.The film starts to take on a more menacing air. The fine weather enjoyed so far has now turned cloudy, and there is distant thunder around. After a wet 3 hour hike to the crater, the trio return to their car to leave, but find it won't start They are now stranded miles from anywhere. Expressions of concern have now replaced the happy smiles on our trio's faces who decide to spend the night in the car. Help appears to arrive in the middle of the night as a truck's headlights approach our stranded trio. A big, rough jovial Aussie called Mick, with a coarse laugh and helpful attitude tries to fix their car, but tellls them their 'coil is ridden' but he has a spare one back at his 'camp' and offers to tow them there and install it all for no charge. Our young trio seem eager to accept any offer of help, but wiiser heads might have questioned the man's apparent generosity more closely. From hereon things get more uncomfortable for the trio then ultimately nightmarish. Sadly for our unsuspecting travellers, Mick's outwardly jovial personality belies a very sinister and psychopathic streak as they were to realise once they reach his 'camp', by which time they are hopelessly trapped. By the end of WC the viewer is left with a far nastier taste in the mouth than watching your average horror flick.
WC is a smarter film than much of today's Hollywood horror. It seemed that when the travellers' car broke down that this was just an unfortunate event. However later on in the film we realise that this wasn't quite what it seemed. Also the killer had selected them as his target much earlier than we believed. There's a brief clue at the aforementioned fill-up station which everyone would have missed first time around. It's explained later in the film Previous victims had been selected by the same means.
Although the events and characters in WC are fictional, the story is partly based on Australian mass murderer Ivan Milat, who was eventually caught. He was someone who preyed on backpackers before luring them to their death by torturing them - he severed his victims' spines and butchered them alive which briefly occurs in this film. So be warned as there are a couple of brutal scenes which may stay with you long after you've watched them
This is a dark, atmospheric film, more psychological thriller than horror. The scenes of violence are genuinely disturbing, but this film is not a gorefest. It breaks conventions with the horror genre, as you will see. The frightening thing about this film is that one can well imagine some sexual predator who's experienced in survival in the Outback, using this as an ideal cover to lure unsuspecting tourists and carry out his ghastly fantasies without fear of discovery. One of the more convincing horror films, I feel this is more suited for the mature fan of 70s horror and is definitely worth viewing.
RELEASED: 2005, Cert. 18
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 100 mins
DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Greg McLean
PRODUCERS: Greg McLean & David Lightfoot
MUSIC: Frank Tetaz
Cassandra Magrath as Liz
Kestie Morass as Kristy
Nathan Phillips as Ben
John Jarratt as Mick
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Apparently based on a true story, Wolf Creek is set in Australia.
English girls Liz and Kristy are backpacking through Australia with a friend of theirs, Ben (Ben is Australian). After partying rather vigorously, the trio wakes up hungover on the beach. The girls are coming to the end of their holiday, so Ben buys a second-hand car, with the intention of driving them to Darwin where they will depart for home.
Their journey begins through the harsh, yet very picturesque Australian outback, heading north, stopping off to spend nights at various dodgy-looking isolated campsites, and having a difficult encounter with a group of men at a remote roadside café/bar.
The journey continues and as another day draws to a close, the trio stops at Wolf Creek National park where they get out and have a look around, marvelling at a huge crater which historically was made by a large meteorite. As darkness falls, they return to their car only to find it won't start. Help comes in the form of Mick, who appears out of nowhere and offers to try and mend the young people's car. Mick's attempt to repair the problem is futile, so he offers to tow them back to his place which is several miles away in the opposite direction, stating that there he has the right tools for the job.
Once the group is settled at his tatty outpost in the middle of nowhere, Mick attends to the young people's car engine, making general conversation with them. At first Mick seems like a nice, helpful sort of guy, but after a while the girls begin to feel uneasy with him as he has a strange way of looking at them and his reaction to some of the things Ben says is decidedly odd.
Ben is convinced all will be OK and quietly tries to reassure the girls, but the nightmare is just about to begin.
That (rather clumsily I suppose) sets the scene and as always, you must watch the film to see what happens.
The way Wolf Creek opened didn't impress me too much, as I found the behaviour of Ben, Kristy and Liz way out of my league on the extroversion stakes as they struck me as being far too raucous, and I am a quiet little soul. However, once they took to the road, things began to massively improve.
Wolf Creek is one of these films which is very high on atmosphere, and once the scenes moved from the noisy party to Ben, Kristy and Liz driving along a lonely road in the middle of nowhere, I quickly became absorbed in its power and intrigue.
I can't say that the acting from Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morass and
Nathan Phillips was anything to write home about, but all three of them improved considerably as the story really got underway. Some of the dialogue is on the weak side, so that could be why they didn't stun me with their brilliance at first. Each of these young people did individually come into their own, playing their parts in a very acceptable manner, particularly when it came to each of them's expressions of fear. My favourite performance was delivered by John Jarratt as Mick, the very rough and ready man who comes to the young people's aid when their car won't start. The character of Mick is somebody could possibly be likened to an Australian version of an American redneck, living a rough and ready lifestyle right in the middle of nowhere. Jarratt is absolutely superb as the initially amiable, yet under the surface highly disturbed serial killer who deliciously terrorises his victims.
The music to Wolf Creek is mainy of an avant-garde, almost New Age (in parts) nature, suiting the tense mood of the film very well, although close to the beginning there is some raucous music played whilst Ben, Kristy and Liz are at their party...I found that short snatch of noise to be quite unpleasant. Just as the trio take to the road, a brief piece of borderline rock music is played, and I wasn't too impressed with that either, but those two anomalies are cancelled out by the main score which is quite impressive and very atmospheric.
The storyline of Wolf Creek really gripped me and I loved the way it was put across. It is a slasher film, but with a difference in that heavy emphasis is put upon a brooding, sinister atmosphere where at first the viewer isn't quite sure whether Mick is a nice guy or completely off his trolley.
There are some very clever camera angles used in Wolf Creek which add to the almost painfully taut suspense levels, and from the moment Mick enters into the limelight, there isn't one single dull moment. Although Mick is a typical serial killer, the setting for this film and the way the story is told is somewhat different to others that I've seen. I think the difference is that because Wolf Creek comes across as very true to life, as a viewer, I felt completely involved. It made a change to see something like this happening in a very isolated setting, rather than a knife-wielding maniac stalking the streets of London or San Francisco, and Mick's very disturbing behaviour is set to a backdrop of desert scrubland, mountains, emus, kangaroos, spiders, a big sky studded with an impressive display of orange-coloured mammatus clouds, mountains and a fiery red sun appearing to dissolve behind a hillside as evening closes in.
Although Wolf Creek is said to have been based on a true story (and as the closing credits roll, a little piece of information is given as a sort of an outcome of what really happened), I am convinced that much of it is fiction....but in order to find out why I make that assumption, you'd really have to see the film as for me to explain it would tip over into spoiler territory.
There is quite a lot of blood in Wolf Creek, but I was able to watch it all without feeling as though I had to turn my head away from the screen (I am very squeamish in the normal way). I think that may be due to the story and the way it is presented, not being a run-of-the-mill sensationalist slasher movie. What happens is far more convincing and true to life than even the best of the serial killer on the loose type films....maybe because it apparently did really happen?
I'm tempted to say that Wolf Creek has made me very nervous of backpacking around Australia, as it's the remote setting which compliments the recipe of fear in this film, but I'm too old to indulge in such a venture anyway! All the same though, this story does go to show what could happen, and that is where the chill factor really explodes through the top of the fright thermometer.
If you watch Wolf Creek, I'd almost guarantee that once the film is over, you'll be glad you're sitting in your living room with your feet up, scoffing Pringles and drinking a nice little red wine (or whatever else you do in the comfort of your own home) and not stranded out in the Australian outback where the only help at hand turns out to be not quite what you anticipated and hoped for...and that's putting it mildly!
In summary, Wolf Creek is a powerful, absorbing, chilling, convincing, realistic, well-acted horror/psychological thriller drama that once it gets underway, is an unusually produced/directed film which will grip you early on, and not let you go until the final credits roll.
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I had read a couple of reviews online before I watched this movie, really just to check out if it was worth spending time watching it. The comments that I had seen all said that it was a good thriller, and I can defiantly say that this it true. While finding out more about the film, apparently the film is based on true events which happened to a British couple, which I found this very frightening after watching this film!
The first scenes of the movie gives a few lines of information.
"The Following is based on actual events. 30,000 people are reported missing in Australia every year. 90% are found within a month. Some are never seen again."
The movie begins with scenes of what we take to be three friends, who are travelling together. Liz Hunter (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy Earl (Kestie Morassi) are two British girls, who are travelling around Australia. They are travelling along-side Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips) who is a Ozzie, travelling with the girls to Sydney, to meet up with his girlfriend. They are soon travelling in a rented out car, each taking turns to drive. They stop for fuel in a couple of places along, as they make their way to Wolf Creek.
They soon arrive at Wolf creek, taking in the amazing sites and enjoying their surroundings. They start to make their way back to their car, but soon notice that none of their watches are working, but even worse the car now won't start. And this is where the story really begins, but I'm not going to say much more in case I ruin it for someone!
The movie has many breath-taking scenes of the out-back, with lovely back drops of the sun setting. Each location through-out the movie is even more deserted than the next, which really emphasises how this movie could really take place.
At times through-out the movie I found myself yelling at commands at the characters like, "Don't do that!" and "Behind you!!!" But they never seem to hear me! Anyway, there were parts that I found a little predictable for this movie in this type of genre, but there were a few things in which the girls did that I found very smart, which was a refreshing change, un like some thriller movies.
I found that this movie wasn't particular overly gory for it's genre, although there were a few scenes which heavily relied on the use of fake blood! There was some torture involved, which did not make for easy watching, and I don't usually get squeamish over horror films, but one scene in this movie made me shiver. But what I think makes this movie really frightening is the real-time feel it has to it, therefore making it more believable.
The two actress paying the roles of the British girls, Magrath and Morrasi, gave great performance with in their roles, therefore giving more of a frightening feel. Nathan Phillips, portrayal in the movie seemed slightly awkward to watch at the beginning, but when the continued further you really got to see him play different emotions. John Jarratt eccentric, strange man, and portrayed a scary character well, but at times almost seemed comic. This comic side maybe was developed in order to really and truly frightened viewers.
The film did remind me a lot of Texas Chainsaw massacre and also House of wax, as the similarities lie with the element of trust with the people you meet. I did also think that there were similarities with some of the characters traits and those within other character from different movies.
I did enjoy this movie, because it gave me something a wasn't expecting from it. It didn't make me necessarily jump or really frightening me, but it is defiantly one of those films that will stay with me, for the simple fact of how horrible the ending is. I am sure anyone who has watched this movie, myself included, will most certainly not be visiting Down under any time soon!
I only viewed this movie and so therefore I didn't have option to view any of the DVD features.
You can purchase this DVD from Amazon from £2.96
Director: Greg Mclean
Runtime: 99 mins
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My husband and I first checked this out a couple of weeks ago. It was one of the many slasher flicks that passed us by up until now. It seems that since Scream re-launched the slasher genre 14 years ago, Hollywood has churned out countless movies featuring buxom simpletons who serve merely as cannon fodder for some deranged psychotic killer.
Since this film was launched to a fair amount of fanfare and it is an Australian effort, we thought we'd check it out and see how Australian grit compared with US muscle and silicone. Quite well, as it turns out.
Liz and Kristy (Cassandra Magrath and Kestie Morassi) are two English tourists who encounter a young Australian party animal, Ben (Nathan Phillips) and, taking a liking to the rogue, decide to spend the rest of the summer with him.
Together, Liz, Kristy and Ben decide to venture to Wolf Creek park, the basis of which is a huge crater formed when a meteor impacted the earth long ago.
After investigating the crater, the trio return to their car to find that their watches have stopped and their car won't start. They decide to stay the night, until a stranger by the name of Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) comes along and offers to repair their motor and give the trio a place to sleep.
And so begins the chaos...
The film's plot is simple and terrifyingly effective. Three kids lost and scared find what they believe to be sanctuary, but turns out to be a nightmare cat-and-mouse scenario with a deranged madman.
The script is not exactly Aaron Sorkin, but this film never needed that kind of wit or intelligent writing. In spite of, or maybe even because of this, the dialogue is realistically clumsy, awkward and human, with a less "clean and sparkly" feel to it. It's all rather mundane, every day dialogue, which adds to the realism. Only when the trio encounter Taylor do the cliches start coming two-a-penny (the Crocodile Dundee references in particular risked being terribly cheesy, but for Jarratt's menacing delivery).
The acting is hard to judge. The characters are not very well developed, but again, this is a straight-to-the-point horror, and what the three kids do very well is scared out of their minds. Morassi plays terror better than most slasher movie victims I've ever seen, whilst Magrath takes a 2 dimensional character and makes her a sympathetic one. To their credit, all the leads do. The only character with any discernible...well, character... is Mick Taylor. And Jarratt is great in this role, pushing Taylor to the very limit of cartoonish, but never quite crossing the line.
It's the horror you have to appreciate here. For a long time the only discomfort one feels is in the slightly odd behaviour of Taylor. There's something not quite right about him.
When it hits, the horror feels very real. Torture, a madman hunting the girls... and lots of shocks. Once it grabs hold of you, it doesn't let go. And few films will leave you feeling quite as queasy as this one.
Enjoy it for what it is; a horrible thrill ride.
Not all horror films can be accussed of trying to shock, certainly this is true in the case of Wolf Creek, but it is such a calculating probability, you will be checking that you don't drive off the beaten tracks from civilization for the forseeible future.
Nothing terrifies me more than a brilliant chilling film, but not just any ordinary frightfest. It has to feature a likely scenario and why many of Hitchcock works for instance, have failed to disturb me enough for me to think of them as thrillers, but more as horror parodies given the context in which they were filmed more than half a century ago now when audiences were still fresh to even slight terror flicks! Greg Mclean on the otherhand, wrote and directed Wolf Creek from an inexperienced perspective if we take into account that this is his first hand at making a biopic thriller film, you would think that he had been doing it for more years than Steven King, one of the most expert suspence authors that began unleashing his sadistic immagination with a gothic account of the fictional telekinetic gifted Carrie, four decades ago.
It has been reported that the film is loosely based on Ivan Milat, responsible for the murders of seven people, though the film only casts four victims, so it's difficult to decide if this relates more precisely to another serial killer when Australia lists as many as 14, though the dates start from 1826 right through to the mid 1990s.
Mclean's directing strength, goes right into every crevice of lurking danger, though paces you steadily from the start through the Australian outbacks to disclose the real life account of three travellers who, subsequently fall victim to a serial killer that perversely holds them hostage before attempting to mutilate them. Although John Jarratt is a mere actor, he certainly resembles a striking physical similarity to the authentic Ivan Milat - the only real indication that this is who the film is documented and, who is currently serving seven life sentences as attested in the televised criminology report of this malevolent man, a few years after the release of Wolf Creek.
The way in which Mclean introduces this desert stalking predator is truly skin crawling: we immediately begin to form an impression of Milat's overly generous friendliness as soon as he starts striking up a conversation with the stranded teenagers. We must assume that he is the killer from this perspective, from the beginning, his presence typically frames him in the very same way that actors who portray murderers, usually begin with a charming or extremely helpful veneer, so this is the initial clue that Milat is something a lot more sinister, we are invited to doubt his motives from this juncture of the film. If this character snapshot isn't enough, then the fact that he emerges as a sweaty, rough and obligingly dubious lurker, should have warning signs written all over the screen!
In addition, the fact that he tows them in their broken down car, securely attached to his well weathered and travelled truck, is a sure fire certainty that they are most definitely not being given a lift to a populated zone where there might be a garage and some fastfood joints or even telephone booths from which they can make contact with concerned parents or friends. Milat's driving is far too military and desperate as the night draws in for it to encounter a tranquil outcome, it has a similar feel to that of the 1986 'The Hitcher' film starring a tormented Rutger Hauer, a killer on the loose who gets his kicks from pursuing a young man through a road racing duel, all the while, grinning like a Chesire cat . Hauer and Milat share the same excited obscurity on the road to hell, is a telling fact that serial killers must therefore get thoroughly titillated by their own acts of evil and something Mclean has studied his subject advantageously well.
Once the film reaches the vital heart of terror, escaped victims clamber for life by running as far from the chamber of horrors as possible to get help, you are immediately thrown into Texas Chainsaw Massacre territory, the hideous killing machine hunts down the half-hacked prey so as to bundle them back into their home and complete the job they started. I couldn't quite grasp as to why Mclean cast an all teenage set however when most of the murder victims were likely to be of varying ages, so had taken a biased stance, that if the film itself wasn't as good as it was, could easily have turned into another teen-slashing gore and completely devour the validity of a very truthful narrative that this film is precisely about.
With David Lightfoot on board as Mclean's producing partner, must also have had a strong savvy notion about what direction to steer the film, though the few films he has directed and/or produced, are fantasy based thrillers such as the film Rogue about a mammoth sea creature who prefers the companionship of human divers to that of regular fish. It is difficult to ascertain where both of these film makers drew inspiration to focus upon the Wolf Creek project when no references are made regarding their interest in a factual murder profiles, neither of them having directed more than six films between them, most, if not all, fall outside this thriller genre. Lightfoot did produce the frighteningly disturbing Coffin Rock, though it was fiction based nontheless, so Wolf Creek is his first attempt at concrete horror, both he and Mclean executed illuminating brilliance considering their fresh film making acclaim.
Inevitably it is dramatised to appeal to the young teenage audiences unlike the biographical account of say Ted Bundy, this film featured his female victims as young women, but because of when his killing sprees had taken place as far back as the 1970s, would undoubtedly be of more interest to a maturer movie goer given that they only had a convicted profile to make assessment of his disturbed nature. The film unearthed facts in much the same way that Wolf Creek had, though in a far more plausible reality, the latter is more gore generated which has the dissapointing effect of it culminating in a spiced-up creeper. It therefore would have been a far more believable account if it had have cast a diverse age range and made connection with a wider audience, though these types of films are precisely made to satisfy a younger market.
Wolf Creek is an excellent low budget horror film, it is pretty violent as well and will not be to everyones tastes but it is an excellent tense film that in my opinion is well worth seeing.
It is a pretty scary horror film that is meant to be based on certain key facts which helps to make it that bit more scary, Liz and Kristy played by Cassandra McGrath and Kestie Morassi respectively are two British travellers who are trekking around Australia, , they meet up with an Aussie guy Ben played by Nathan Phillips and purchase a car together so that they can see more of the country slightly off the normal tourist / backpacker trail.
They head out to a place called Wolf Creek which is famous for its meterorite craters. However after arriving they find that their car will not start and they are stranded. However a passing truck comes to their rescue and the driver seems nice and friendly, arriving at a deserted mine they set up camp for the night however soon they are living a real nightmare.
The Aussie outback has been a fertile backdrop for horror films before and the whole theme of travellers getting into trouble is not a new one however despite the lack of originality this is still a film that is pretty good.
John Jarratt is excellent as the psychopath Mick Taylor, he really brings an air of menace to the role and is rather unpredictable at times. I also liked this film as visually it is impressive with the outback providing a great backdrop to the film and emphasising the sense of isolation that the travellers experience.
I do recommend this film and you can buy it from Amazon for only £3.93 which is not bad.
I thought Wolf Creek that was released a few years back now is a pretty scary horror movie but not the great film ever made to be honest with you and a story that lacked any real depth. There are some parts that are really good and others that are bad, but overall the film was not the best I've ever seen.
Obviously a story needs to be set up to intoduced the characters and background to the plot, however I felt on this occassion it went on too long to be honest. For the first 45 minutes or so we follow Liz played by Cassndra Magrath, Kristy played by Kestie Morassi and Ben played by Nathan Philips on their journey across the Australian Outback. These three are your typical attractive early twenties characters who are in the middle of nowhere. So it is conveniently set up for a horror film but felt we could have got into the real horror parts earlier. They make their way eventually to the Wolf Creek Crater and are filled with awe and wonder at the sights that greet them and beauty of the place.
Unfortunately I took too long for the farmer to come along, Mick Taylor played by John Jarratt. He starts torturing and murdering, but the problem was the story isn't that interesting. You find with alot of decent horror movies they either jump straight in, or if not, then the story is interesting enough to hold your imagination until the killing begins. This did neither in my opinion. It is actually all a bit confusing really and I was left wondering what it was all about really.
Jarratt puts in a superb performance as the killer Taylor, but without that then this movie would really have disappeared completely into thin air. Yep, granted it does get quite story but just as you are getting scared you suddenly think do I care, as I couldn't find anything to cling on to for any of the characters or warm to.
I think there are far better horror movies out there despite it being scary at points, but I recommend that you watch something else or if you do get this maybe rent it or buy it very cheaply to see what you think..
Wolf Creek is a pretty scary horror film that is supposedly fact based which makes it all the more creepy, it tells the story of two British travellers who are trekking around Australia, Liz and Kristy played by Cassandra McGrath and Kestie Morassi respectively, they hook up with an Aussie guy Ben played by Nathan Phillips and decide to buy a car together and go out to visit a place called Wolf Creek which is famous for its meterorite craters.
After visiting the site they find that their car will not start and shows no signs of life however a truck comes to their rescue and they accept a lift from the seemingly friendly man and he drive them for a period of time before arriving at an abandoned mine where they camp out however things are not as they seem and soon the three find themselves in a living nightmare.
This is a low budget film however that is part of the attraction as it does not rely on big name stars or special effects to make it scary instead it uses a well worn scenario and still manages to scare you witless, I guess it is the factthat to all intents and purposes no one knows that the three are missing and in danger hence there is no one looking for them and in the good samaritan turned psycho you have a sadistic villain.
Visually the film is excellent after all the countryside is cheap and this is used to good effect with some breath taking shots and alos clever use of the terrain and the complete darkness of night to build the tension.
Mick Taylor is the stranger who turns out to be evil, he is played by John Jarratt and he is superb in the role, in fact tha acting is pretty good throughout the film with all four principle characters delivering good performances.
It is a violent film and one that works really well for me as a horror film as it is the sort of thing you can imagine actually happening and that is what makes it so scary. You can get this film for £2.98 on Amazon which is a bargain and well worth buying.
What a neat little slasher film this is!
This is an Australian production with Australian actors and it's not too often they make movies but when they do they know how to make some great ones.
It's about a group of three friends who travel to basically in the middle of nowhere to do some UFO spotting.
Once there, their car breaks down (the usual setup) and a guy in his tow truck comes along to help them out.....but he's not what he seems.
He tows the car, along with the three friends inside it, to his place.
Once they find out what his true intentions are, a game of cat and mouse ensues.
This film has some AMAZING cinematography, some of the best I have seen for a horror film. The scenery is amazing of such simple things as the sky and even a petty thing such as rain drops slowly dripping from a rock.
Sound silly? Well, that is but they really knew what they were doing here when they shot this.
The film does have a pretty slow build up at first but it does wonders for this film as the tension builds.
John Jarratt plays Mick Taylor, the psycho. His character is crazy and witty at the same time. He comes out with some great one liners while killing but this does not detract from the brutality of it all, unlike Freddy Krueger when he did his thing.
The score is okay, nothing memorable, but it does it's job in contributing toward the sense of doom for the three victims.
The actors playing the victims are all unknown, at least to me, but they do a very good job.
The movie also does a nice job at building up suspense.
This film is a far cry from the usual bubble gum horror trash they keep bringing out for the teenagers.
The gore level, when it happens, can be pretty high but it isn't glorified for the "cool" factor like it is in so many other slasher films.
It contributes toward the actual horror of the situation these three people are in.
Overall, this is a tight horror slasher film that is a step up from the usual garbage in both visual quality and everything else.
When British backpackers Liz (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy (Kestie Morassi) meet Australian local Ben (Nathan Phillips) they decide to go off travelling in the outback together to visit local places of interest. One of these places in Wolf Creek.
Wolf Creek is a large crater formed by a 50000 ton meteorite. When the three arrive they spend time there taking in the scenery before making the three hour trek back to their downtrodden car. Unfortunately when they arrive the car wont start. Later that night they receive an offer of help by a local man offering to tow them to his ranch so they can fix the car. Didn't their parents ever tell them not to accept lifts from strangers?
This film is said to be based on true events however that's not strictly true, when they say 'based upon true events' it usually means that they've taken ideas from numerous different sources to create a Hollywood friendly blockbuster. This is a small budget Australian film however it follows the same format, the murders aren't actually based on a specific set of murders but are based very loosely on the 1990's backpacker murderer Ivan Milat.
The film runs for approximately 99 minutes, unfortunately around 60 minutes of this is taken up by the trio's travelling. As this isn't actually based on a specific set of murders I found this to be completely irrelevant to the story of the murders itself. It begins with the trio partying and driving through the country for a large segment before a possible romance crops up for Ben and Liz. The first half is utterly draining and I thought about turning it off, the premise of what was to come kept me watching though.
The acting is nothing to shout about, for the most part of the film it's just the three of them messing about with each other whilst on the road and when the horror begins it's the girls, unsurprisingly that take the lead. It would have been good to see this film step away from the norm a little and let the male take centre stage but of course no one can scream like a young attractive woman with blood splattered clothes!
When the trio finally arrive at Wolf Creek the mood changes, it becomes dark, dreary and raining in order to build tension and let the audience know what's to come. From then on the film takes a drastic turn for the worst and it really plays with your sense of reality and ultimately the unknown. You don't see how the three of them end up in the terrible situation they do, it cuts from a shot of them falling asleep to when the nightmare begins. This is what the majority of the horror revolves around, it leaves a lot to the imagination of the viewer, leaving it up to them to figure out a plausible explanation of what happened to the backpackers. Of course the events depicted in this film aren't plausible, there's no way to ever know what the people went through but the film does well in raising your adrenaline levels and I think that if a film can make you even an ounce as frightened as the characters are then it's done it's job. Wolf Creek does this to perfection. The way it suddenly cuts from a nice local offering his help, to the three people being in a total nightmare situation that is hard to even comprehend is genius as it takes us by surprise almost as much as it does the characters. Of course the audience is expecting something to happen soon but the way the nightmare begins caught me completely by surprise as build up to the events were so slow I was expecting the nightmare to begin very slowly too.
Wolf Creek is rated an 18 which is for a very good reason, it contains a lot of gory elements however this is more to do with the situation and the surroundings than the actual events itself. I've seen a lot more gore in other films so if you're thinking you're going to see a film that will give the Saw franchise a run for it's money then you're wrong. Sure there's a lot of violence contained in this film but I found the film to be more of a psychological horror, playing with the audience's minds and bringing them into this terrifying nightmare. This is one of the scariest films I've seen in a long time and it will stay with you long after the credits roll.
Wolf Creek not only builds up tension but it also builds up hope, hope for the characters as they get their chance to possibly escape only to be brought back down to earth with a bang, this happens a couple of times throughout the film and it makes for an extremely tension filled watch. I was really impressed with this element, it reminded me greatly of The Hitcher where the characters are on the run for a significant period of the time throughout the film. Wolf Creek always gives you that tiny glimmer of hope even when things get unbearably sombre.
The ending was a little disappointing however I can see why the director chose that specific ending because it left you with a feeling of terror in your head. It would have been nice to have been able to see things ended for good. There's also that element of unrealism but it does give you an ending to the specific character's storyline.
Overall I do think this is a highly commendable effort but the first half lets it down significantly, this film could have focused more on the horror aspect instead of the build up because it never gives us much of an insight to the characters anyway so it's utterly pointless.
The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99.
Wolf Creek is said to be loosely inspired by 'The Backpacker Murders'. Backpacker murderer , Ivan Milat struck in the early 1990's and the story of 'Wolf Creek' is reminiscent of the way Milat carried out these crimes.
Three backpackers, Kristy, Ben and Liz set off on a trip through the beautiful Australian outback visiting lots of points of interest in their crappy car. They decide to travel to Wolf Creek National Park, a mysterious area where a meteorite had landed. They spend some time there and when they return the crappy car will not start. After a while headlights appear and this is when they meet Mick who offers them help with their car. Whilst back at Mick's home he offers them water which is laced with drugs as a sedative.
The three awake in various different places of the abandons mine Mick calls home and they are then on a cat and mouse mission to save their own lives and the lives of their friends, with Mick the killer hard on their heels.
This film features some great acting from John Jarratt (Mick), Cassandra Macgrath(Liz), Nathan Phillips(Ben) and Kestie Morassi (Kristy). The horror of the three been chased by the tarrying madman had me on the edge of my seat. It was a little slow to start with but once it got going I did not want it to stop.
A great effort by Greg Mclean for his first-time direction. He also makes a cameo appearance as the sheriff!
I would recommend this film. It does contain loads of bloody violence and strong language - not that that bothers me in the slightest!
Directed by : Greg Mclean
Written by: Greg Mclean
Running time: 99 minutes
Wolf Creek is a film that I first watched on film four around about 3/4 years ago in the middle of the night, and it scared the hell out of me. It is a film based vaguely on true events that took place in the Australian outback where backpackers were captured and murdered by a serial killer.
The film takes a little while to get going as we see 3 back packers on a return journey from their camping spot, we see them enjoying life and visiting various beauty places in Australia, such as Wolf Creek before they come across a friendly hunter lending a helping hand with their stricken vehicle.
I do love this film because of the tension and the realness of it, in most horror or thrillers the characters make horrendous and idiotic decisions that leaves the viewer in dismay at their predicament but wishing they would die because of their idiocy. However, in Wolf Creek (an independent Australian film, which makes it even better in my opinion(, the characters actually take the logical and correct route to escaping, when they get the chance to escape, they do rather than hang around to find out whats going on, when they get the chance to shoot and attack the capturer, they do etc.
I also love the tension throughout the film, the slow start is just building up to a thrilling middle and end, the loss of hope that wach character goes through is evident in the film, the whole aspect of giving up on life after numerous attempts of escape and hiding from the killer leaves the viewers hoping for their survival, and before I spoil anything i'll be quiet, we hope for their survival, whether it comes or not you'll have to watch and find out, but hoping for the survival of someone in a horror flick is certainly an experience I don't feel often, I usually end up wanting them to die.
Overall I think this is a brilliant film, very cheap budget but great acting, tension and actual suspense which makes this a first class film, this is a classic horror thriller and puts most, if not all, of the current maintream big budget films to shame.
Wolf Creek is a good horror film that i think most people will enjoy. It states it is based on a true story and some parts are true, but as with all films, most of it is fictional. However this doesn't detract from what a good film it is. It centres on 3 backpackers in the Australian outback: Liz and Krissy who are English and Ben who is Australian. They meet up while backpacking and decide to go see the infamous Wolf Creek. Once there they love it, but it is there when everything starts to go wrong. They meet a stranger who says he can help them out, but everything is not as it seems. This is an enjoyable film and it doesn't drag as you are watching it. It sets the scene up for the first 45 minutes so you get to know the characters and feel for them. Then the next 45 minutes focus on their ordeal and the pain that they go through at the hands the man. I think the way it gets to the point when things go wrong is very good. The whole film isn't about them escaping him so it's good to see a film that gets to the point straight away. I thought it was very well acted on all parts and the killer really makes you think he is mad and would hurt you without giving it another thought. If you like horror films and like 'true' films then i would reccommend you watch it.
A chilling, factually-based, story of three road-trippers in remote Australia who are plunged into danger when they accept help from a friendly local.