a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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.
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…
After finally watching this movie I have no idea why foreigners still come to our country. Don't these people know this was loosely based on real events? Fuck. I don't want to ever leave the east coast again.
The movie itself is quite good. It has a great sense of tension and John Jarratt knocks it out of the park in the role of his career. Wolf Creek is however far from perfect and suffers from an overly long first act, and a weak ending. It also features one of the most infuriating scenes in Australian cinematic history. Put down the fucking video cameras idiot! There is someone trying to kill you.
As a final note, the film is actually…
A beautifully shot underrated gem with a great villain.
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…
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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.
These characters were quite likable which made what happened all the more horrifying.
Some people seem to really like Wolf Creek, they absolutely baffle me. I'm not someone who is easily disgusted by gore so those scenes in the film didn't cause me to get up and start shouting about how immoral the film is like some people have. No, I don't like it because I think it just... sucks.
I think gorehounds who watch this movie after being excited by the number of critics who wrote about how hard the film is to watch will be disappointed. That could be because in the ten years since this film has released the "standards" of the torture porn genre have increased. Stabbing someone in the spine and calling them a "head on a stick"…
50 FILMS BEFORE HALLOWEEN
Film 22-Wolf Creek
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is my favorite horror film period, there are many I love but that film takes the top spot, Wolf Creek is one of the only films that I think compares in terms of how real and brutal it feels. Mick Taylor is one of the best horror villains to come along in quite some time. This film makes you wait for the shoe to drop but when it does it never stops, a super high recommend.
"Nothing like rain water from the Top-End."
Despite the uneasy sense of doom that permeates the first half of the film, there is something charming about these characters and their road trip. Most horror films are usually enjoyable in spite of their first acts, but I found myself genuinely engrossed in these characters throughout. I could have watched an entire romantic comedy road trip movie about them and been satisfied. Creating interesting and likable characters that you actually root for goes a long way for me in the horror genre. Couple that with the gorgeously shot sparse and uniquely beautiful setting of the Australian outback and some shocking events I didn't see coming and you've got a recipe for success.
Part of the Halloween Horror (and Beyond) Watchlist
Fear Factor (Harry): 8/10
The "Shit In Your Pants" Moment: The highway sequence. And of course, "head on a stick". I shit my pants on both occasions. I won't describe either. Just see the film and you'll understand.
Verdict: To the contrary of most people's view of the exploitative and inherently gritty Wolf Creek, I found this to be one of the most beautiful horror films ever created. Cinema's marriage between man and nature has never felt so hauntingly potent and realized. Transitions from the yellow sun drenched plains in the mornings to crimson apocalyptic afternoons to the cosmic moon lit desert nights, the sinister visual palette McLean delivers is a masterstroke…
It's like Crocodile Dundee, but instead of the lovable Paul Hogan, you have a psychopathic murder instead.
I really liked the first hour of this movie. It had a slow build up where you got to know the characters and their environment. You got a sense of dread that they were moving inexorably toward a bad situation. And the villain was great. When the bad stuff finally started to happen, the main characters then violated the first rule of horror movies- when you think you've killed the bad guy, make sure he's really dead.
After that, the rule violations came fast and furious. These people that you came to like ended up making some really poor decisions. And maybe that's the point - that these fun loving partiers were way out of their element and behaved as expected. Regardless, this was a solid offering and definitely a cut above your average slasher film.
Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive.
Competent thriller in the wake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, quite nerve-racking, but not adding anything to the genre.
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…