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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.
You see, there's a problem with these kinds of films that I always have and that always stop me liking them as much as many people do.
These films where some people ruck up in a small town or countryside and behave like snotty bastards like it's all beneath them. And then we're supposed to be dead sympathetic towards them when they start getting murdered? Yeah, that doesn't really fly for me.
What also doesn't fly for me is that almost nothing of any interest happens for over half an hour in this bloody thing. There are too many horror films like this now. There's just absolutely no build-up of tension or anything, just some…
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 remember this being better, so much better. The finale is the only really good thing about this film, but that does also feel rushed. The build up isn't really there, there's about 40 minutes of character development and to be honest the three main characters are annoying and you never actually really find anything out about them. There's nothing behind them to have you care, I also never really realised how bad the script is for this. This isn't a Horror about no signal on your mobile phone, this a Horror about how many times will the characters forget the keys for the car.
Mick is a frightening character and the head on a stick scene is pretty horrible.…
Wolf Creek is a horror movie loosely inspired by Ivan Milat's backpacker murders in the 1990s.
The story takes place in Australia. Three friends, two British women and an Australian guy, are partying their way around Australia, and one of their goals is to see the giant crater at Wolf Creek National Park. Along the way, their car breaks down but a local handyman offers to tow them back to his property, get them fixed up, and send them back on the road. Since this is a horror movie, it's a safe assumption that he's going to try to kill them. The rest of the movie focuses on that.
I didn't think the movie was too bad. It had a…
torture, true crime. Australia
No more idiosyncratic or interesting that any run-of-the-mill B.T.K films that come before or after it. It stands alone as much as a tree in a forest stands alone.
Well I'm never going back to Australia.
I wouldn't say this has a lot of big surprises, but I think it succeeds in part by repeatedly subverting expectations along its story beats.
It also succeeds by drawing its characters pretty well before plunging them into danger, and giving us a villain who reminds me of Freddy Krueger in a bunch of good ways (a total asshole who loves being a total asshole, fancies himself a bit of a comedian in a mean, not-funny way, and cuts a distinct silhouette thanks to his hat).
This has a reputation for extremity and brutality that I find a little exaggerated even in the longer cut; it's got a bit of a nasty streak, but nothing really beyond the basic nature of what it is, which is I guess the Australian version of hillbilly horror. Hillbilly horror is practically made of nasty streaks.
NIGHT 23: Head on a stick!
I never thought I could be afraid of the quote: "That's not a knife, this is a knife" but in the words of Jeff Goldblum: "There it is". I live in Western Australia and although I've never been farther north than Shark Bay I felt an eerie sense of belonging when presented with the beautiful red and greens of the north west outback.
Because this film, regardless of it's creepy source material, is beautiful. The camera work and lighting were spectacular, truly. The sense of wonder is, not to film's detriment, overcome by the sheer vastness and helplessness that is the red desert, and the loss that comes at seeing the characters aimlessly wander…
When the only genuine complaints a film receives are ones regarding its "graphic depictions of violence," and its disregard for morality, one assumes once play is hit they will be took on an unrelenting hell ride. Unfortunately, this was more like you press play, wait in line for about an hour or so, get on the ride, maybe go down one or two drops, and then are quickly escorted completely out of the park. Wolf Creek was about as disturbing as this weeks presidential debate. What does not add up is how this film is being grouped in with the likes of hostel, high tension, and several other modern extreme cinema pieces. Possibly because this one in particular is extremely…
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a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…