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.
"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.)
A beautifully shot underrated gem with a great villain.
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…
Couple of groanworthy cliches aside, this nasty slasher gets by with a sumptuous look and one of the great horror villains.
I do prefer the more comedic sequel which features more on-screen Mick.
Recommended by Cinemonster.
3 people trek deep into the Australian outback to see a famous landmark called Wolf Creek. Unfortunately, the strange magnetisms of the rocks on the place, causes the backpackers' car to die, leaving them stranded in the middle of no man's land until a seemingly helpful traveller shows up. Willing to lend a hand.
What is the one thing people wouldn't miss, were it to be banished from the face of the earth?
That's right, PG13 horror.
It's not scary if you're yelling at the big-breasted blonde because you know her fate is sealed before the movie even began.
It's not scary watching someone get killed in an ironic situation (I'm sorry slashers, but you're out. Deal…
So I really am the only one that absolutely LOVED Wolf Creek? It's a shame that intense movie experience like this don't get the love it truly deserves.
Wolf Creek is a film which takes the familiar premise of a slasher movie and places it in the outback, which is a nice variation as it adds to the vulnerability and isolation felt throughout the film, this coupled with the great performance from Jarratt who plays the psychotic character brilliantly, make this a interesting version of the well known genre.
This one's a relatively serviceable horror film which lends a heavy debt to Texas Chainsaw Massacre but features some really striking imagery of the Australian countryside. The nihilistic shock ending just barely redeems all the stupid choices we see our 2-dimensions victim-characters make in the final act.
When two female tourists and a hunk from Sydney find themselves stranded in the Outback, we know exactly where the film is heading when an eccentric bushman stops by in the middle of the night to help them out. For all its predictability and familiarity (at least for any aware of decades-worth of slasher flicks), Wolf Creek held my attention with the believable performances of the three friends and the naturalistic filmmaking Greg Mclean adhered to. When the victims become screen-screaming dunces I was able to transfer my investment upon John Jarratt's performance as Mick Taylor. He's like Freddy Krueger rolled into Crocodile Dundee sprinkled with a Rowan Atkinson-like goofiness. Lesser films would not be able to withstand such shifts…
I saw part two first and was instantly smitten with Mick. The guy is a hoot. There's less of that here but it's still a decent flick. Mick is a killer like Michael Myers but a smart ass like Freddy.
Tiene un comienzo alargado en exceso y que se hace muy aburrido, cuando arranca no deja de ser lo mil veces visto pero hay que reconocerle que con los cuatro duros que esta rodada entretiene y deja un buen personaje como Mick Taylor.
El doblaje en español es lamentable vale la pena verla en original.
"I'm going to do something now they used to do in Vietnam. It's called making a head on a stick".
Enjoyable thriller that I fancied rewatching. I like the slowness of this film, and it's tendancy to only be graphic when it needs to be.
Along with Wake in Fright, this film convinces me that going to the outback in Australia is never going to be an option for me.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…