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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…
Roger Ebert has a rather notorious review of this film, in which he gives the film zero stars and goes on about how the film is misogynistic and revolting. While I will agree the "head on a stick" scene is revolting, that moment is not graphically violent, and really is the peak of all the violence in the film. Nope, Wolf Creek is nowhere as offensive to me as any torture porn you can name, mostly because of the fact that the majority of the movie is about developing the three characters in the film, and while the two female characters get the brunt of all the abuse, which is horrifying, the two female characters are portrayed as being noble…
I had never seen Wold Creek before, but heard it was meant to be a great, scary, low budget Australian horror film. It was exactly that! Disturbing and gory violence, creepy villain and genuine terror. The remote setting of the Australian outback is perfect too, as it gives the feeling of isolation, and the realisation that help is nowhere to be found. Not sure if the sequel will have the same effect, but this was well worth the watch.
A frustrating experience despite legitimate tension and horror. The build up to the reveal of our villain is superb. So is the barren landscape and photography.
It's just too bad they had to have the characters make nonsensical decisions in order to move the plot along. Otherwise, I thought this was a good horror flick.
Wolf Creek had the potential to be a nail biting horror movie judging by the plot & premise but turned out mediocre. The characters were dull to follow and the script didn't give a reason for me to get or stay interested. It took about 40 minutes before something really started to "happen" in Wolf Creek (which I can forgive if there's an awesome finale but no) and at that point the characters had just about bored me to death. I hate torture horror so I fast forwarded through those scenes. Despite the torture aspect it wasn't scary...at all. It was more of a feeling of discomfort I had hoping I didn't unintentionally witness something disgusting.
The serial killer is certainly…
Well done horror gem from Australia. Great story with lots of good character building in the early stages of the film. Effective at building tension and dread. No jump scares either, which is always delightful.
Wolf Creek is a disturbing film that delivers tension filled moments without the use of cheap jump scares. However, it suffers from pacing issues noticeably in the third act that feels very rushed.
Still a very solid horror movie
Wolf Creek's power is in the way it takes its time to actually show its characters as people unlike numerous other horror films that have the same basic premise. Then suddenly jolts headlong into nightmarish territory.
Impressively shot and featuring a horrific turn from John Jarratt as the avuncular trucker more than happy to help some backpackers stranded in the Australian outback.
No,its not one of the best or most disturbing of the last decade. But,it's pretty solid and John Jarrat knocks it out the park.
The first third is worth watching for the photography of the locations. Jarratt is very good but it would have worked better if the mayhem had been more restrained - it might have been more suspenseful that way.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This feels distinct from many other shock horror 'teens getting killed by country folk' movies because of the sensitivity towards establishing believable and empathetic main characters who act as rationally as they could. There's a great first kiss scene between two of them for example that feels totally genuine and unique within a genre that usually only aims in the beginning section to establish generic teens to be slaughtered. However, this strength of emotional realism (and narrative realism in the early sections since their capture is due to the not irrational choice to trust a seemingly friendly stranger out of necessity) falters in the later sections when the body horror starts.
There's one particularly egregious moment of irrationality that felt…
I'm waiting to make the jump up to my 300 favorite horror flicks but I'll take the leap soon.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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