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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.
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…
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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.
Three travellers across Australia pop into Wolf Creek to see an impact crater from a meteor strike hundreds of thousands of years ago. After enjoying their time amidst the environment, they pop back to their truck and find that its conked out on them. But no matter! A friendly bush man by the name of Mick Taylor rocks up and offers them some help... But he doesn't stay friendly for long.
It's the violence in this one that's unsettling. No over the top craziness, just cold, stark realism. A bit of torture, but no real games. Mick is just a classic case of a seemingly nice bloke who then turns out to be a nightmare to have met. It's…
I made the gamble of picking this film solely based on its all-caps Quentin Tarantino "ONE OF THE GREAT HORROR FILM HEAVIES OF THE LAST 25 YEARS" quote. (What is/are "heavies" by the way?)
And I clearly forgot that the guy probably jacks off to the mere thought of senseless, bloody violence... and that's a majority of what 'Wolf Creek' is, sadly, along with a handful of cool moments and a lot of stupid decisions and bad judgment.
However it's far from terrible and has a few worth mentioning redeeming qualities
For a generic slasher plot, ______________
-this one builds tension really well and entirely without jump scares, though they endlessly torture you with the thought that something will suddenly…
Time for a revisit.
Still not sure what all the love is for. The violence is pretty tame and the story drags. Jarrett saves it from being a complete waste of time as does the beautiful locations.
brilliantly acted but what an exploitative fuckn shitshow
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #22 of the May '16 Scavenger Hunt
Task #26: An Australian horror film
It's truly pretty horrific, so I guess it lives up to its genre... but I can't say I enjoyed it at all? I get the point that it's supposed to be really demented. But when it comes down to it the film is just about a middle-aged man who tortures tourists, and a huge part of that torture is endured by women. Spoiler alert: both female characters also die.
Then he gets to walk off into the sunset (into a sequel which I doubt I'll ever watch). Right so maybe I did actually hate this.
It was okay.
Fuck you, John Jarratt.
Pretty good Australian horror. No more no less.
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The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff