We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
The Thrill Is In The Hunt.
Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive
What makes this film just ever so slightly rear its head above mediocrity is the fact that it is beautifully shot and has a great build up towards the reveal of one hell of a bad guy.
It is a shame, however, that this otherwise creative film feels the need to merrily trod down the beaten path and have its heroes make silly decisions to facilitate the plot.
Still, it's well made, ruthless and at points rather tense, so I have no problems with glossing over its imperfections to enjoy myself.
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I think I like Greg McLean.
I had only seen Rogue before and I stated in my previous review for it that Rogue is a beautiful, underrated film.
Wolf Creek received plenty of praise upon it’s release as I recall but it too is a gorgeous film.
It is plain to see that Greg McLean loves Australia. You can see that in every frame the country is in. The country is as much a character as anyone else.
Will Gibson, DP on Wolf Creek and Rogue does a heck of a job.
Film 7 in the 2014 Halloween Film Fest
"Now, this little procedure is called, 'making a head on a stick', because once your spine's severed, that's what you have. HEAD ON A STICK!"
This was actually pretty decent. Well, sort of. I was enjoying the film, as it opened up introducing us to our three characters, showing a beautiful side to the Australian Outback. It didn't quite thrust us into the supposed horror state, until nearly an hour into the film, which isn't too bad, as it gives us a good feel for things. After that, it just fell downhill for me.
Wolf Creek takes place in 1999 Australia and follows three friends, Liz (Cassandra Magrath), Kristy (Kestie Morassi), and…
"Now Lizzy... A rifle in the wrong hands can be you know, really dangerous. So, GIVE ME THE FUCKING-*BANG*"
I'm re-watching a lot of stuff in short intervals, it's very strange...
4 thoughts for 4 stars;
1) John Jarratt's silhouette needs more praise.
2) The chicks in this are like a poor man's Keira Knightley and Amy Adams. Also, the Letterboxd poster for this sucks, there's a much better one involving poor-man's-Amy Adams on the highway...much better.
3) Greg McLean makes a dripping umbrella look cool, also the Australian Blu-Ray for this opens with a trailer for the second one, then the trailer for The Wolf Of Wall Street and then the American Hustle trailer...it's odd.
4) The second one's still my favourite, but this is a darker beast. These films make me oddly patriotic (fun fact: I'm re-watching the second one next week...on a date! Oooh.)
Film #12 of Hoop-Tober
Scariness level: 6.5/10
A punishing and ruthless film in the vein of Eden Lake not because of how it pans out, but because of the adherence to ridiculous stereotypes; almost as a simplified excuse to act like a complete vicious cunt.
Hell, a particular scene around the camp fire just after we first meet Crocodile Dundee Mick - there's a sort of hint possibly explaining his actions; but then it turns out just to be a ridiculously annoying falsity.
It doesn't matter in the end, the violence is brutal - necessary? Maybe not. But who cares. Ebert did apparently. Either way, Dundee Mick is in essence a great villain with an iconic/horrible laugh that is eerie,…
See? Head on a stick!
I went into it cold knowing nothing and I have to say it was a pleasant old school ride. I'm not talking about the gore, but just the way the film is structured. A lot of modern horror end up to concerned with trying to make everything creepy right up front leaving nothing to subtlety.
Here we have three normal people exploring the Australian outback who encounter a few questionable characters and odd occurrences before the real threat ever shows it's head. Remember when horror films were like that? They'd keep you off guard a bit, making you think that perhaps those drunks at the bar would follow them or maybe something supernatural…
There's only two reasons this movie rises above its stale torture porn trappings:
1. John Jarratt as the completely unhinged, psychotic killer with a funny accent
2. The stark, deserted landscape of the Australian wilderness.
Basically, "In Australia no one can hear you scream."
Day 10 of the month of horror.
Wolf creek is a film that after watching it you feel like you needa bath because it's so dark and gory.
The story is based on true events which is what boosts this film however it still fails to impress.
The characters are so dumb it's frustrating and the acting is mediocre.
The performance of the creepy psycho (who's name I've forgotten) is impressive and disturbing.
All in all a pretty bad film
Less torture porn than survival horror with an outback "TCM" vibe. There are some brutal moments, but most of the time is spent on the main characters who aren't complete a holes through the entire film. Jack Jarrat rightfully gets most of the attention in the reviews, but credit should also go to the gorgeous location shooting. Not for the squeamish, but not as gory as most of it's ilk.
a few surprises which is hard in this genre
After seeing this movie, I need some convincing that horror as a genre doesn't only exist to feed the societal obsession with female pain and suffering. The film has some interesting camera work though?
I loved the hints of existential dread that pop up throughout the entire film - e.g. all the (beautiful) nature shots, the crater, the alien story - but I wish there was more to hold onto, besides just lots of cringe-inducing violence. I prefer my horror to be more implied. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about this one for a while though, so perhaps my opinion will change for the better.
Wolf Creek - Independent Australian horror film. It was written, co-produced and directed by Greg McLean. Starring John Jarratt.It is said to be based on the true-event about British backpacker who was killed by John Bradley Murdoch in the outback of Australia-this film generally depicts the events somewhat different than that but purely on the assailant. Film was premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and Cannes Film Festival.
I remember watching this movie, almost half of which had been played already on middle-eastern movie-channel, back in 2006. I always wanted to get its name but never succeeded. Last day I was in search for the good horror film, and I stumbled over this; and all of a sudden it brought back…
Sometimes I don't even know why I watch these kind of films. It's a pretty good film, but you just kind of feel like garbage after watching it. As a frame of reference for those who haven't seen Wolf Creek, think The Hills Have Eyes, but more depressing.
Day 9 of Horrorfest 2014
Brutal Aussie horror flick which was snubbed by critics but welcomed by horror fans who were tired of the weak horror flicks coming out. 2 British girls on vacation in Australia make the mistake of traveling to Wolf Creek crater site with an Australian guy they befriended. The movie takes its time establishing the 3 characters before any horrific events occur, this is effective because you get more emotionally invested in the 3 & knowing that this is a horror flick you're going to be extremely nervous the entire time due to knowing that something bad will eventually happen to the 3.
I recall first seeing this in theaters on opening weekend with a very small audience, it was excruciating. I…
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I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
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- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…