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.
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…
Here is a film with zero purpose. It is not based on true events and it devoid of any artistic substance. Three British tourists decide to drive across Australia, but they find themselves with car troubles and the man who decides to lend them a hand is not what he seems. A typical set-up for yet another formulaic torture-porn slasher, how fresh. Greg McLean works as directer, writer and producer, and he shows a talent for commercial filmmaking within his home country of Australia. Other than that, his direction is amateurish and, worse of all, dull. We aren't allowed to care about the characters which naturally desensitizes us to all the atrocities inflicted upon them. Furthermore, it would have been…
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…
A beautifully shot underrated gem with a great villain.
In the sea of gritty torture porn movies that were churned out in the 2000's, it usually took a lot for a movie to stand out, or to become an Island floating in the sea of shit. Hostel succeeded not only because it revolutionized the whole craze, but because it used an unknown territory, a seemingly lawless area, isolation, being thousands of miles from your home, and pure hopelessness to create a very terrifying and mysterious atmosphere. Going missing in a different part of the world thousands of miles away from any family or help is a spine tingling thought. What if you were to just disappear? No one would know what happened to you. Only you would know how…
Asfalto e sabbia australiana; un horror realistico che si muove attraverso la strada e attraverso le grida nel silenzio.
I hated this when I first saw it in the cinema and though I still struggle to get past the girls leaving the killer lying there apparently unconscious with his gun as they try to drive away, it was much better on this revisit.
Having the killer as a cheery goofy bloke really works especially when he is giggling like he's just told you a joke rather than he is about to paralyze you.
It's a very cruel and dark film but it has got me interested in the sequel.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I was quite surprised to learn that this film was received decidedly mixed. Even Roger Ebert went as far as to give it zero stars and decry it as painful to watch and abominable. After seeing this though I almost felt as if I was watching a completely different movie entirely. For at least two thirds of the running time this film seemed like a testament to people's will to live in extreme circumstances. Sure it wobbled the ending a bit and marketing this all as a "true story" wasn't the best idea but this is a solid entry into the human-monster horror genre.
But unfortunately this is "based on a true story" so this is as good a time…
Gorgeous and deeply unsettling, with an unmistakable and deep connection to the land (like so many Australian "new wave" films), this movie nevertheless doesn't seem to have a purpose beyond punishing its characters and its audience. Not mean-spirited the way torture porn is, but merely empty.
John Jarrat is so great in this movie. It's hard to imagine him ever hosting Playschool.
I really liked this film.
First off I should say that I didn't find anything in this film to be scary. Now that should be a problem considering that this is a Horror film but for some reason that factor didn't bother me. Reason being...I was engaged in the story...the events. I was waiting to see what kind of danger the characters were going to be in...how they were going to get away from that danger once it occurred. I liked the setup...I liked how the events unfolded and I really enjoyed some of the performances and choices Mclean made.
John Jarratt was exceptional in this. I was truly impressed by this guy. He took me by surprise. I honestly…
Better than I was expecting it to be. A good horror movie with lots of suspense.