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
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…
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.
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…
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…
Arguably the most beautiful looking horror movie ever. Partly thanks to the blu-ray which was magnificent. Of course, actions that occur throughout the film are of lesser beauty, but that's part of it too.
One thing not in favor of the blu-ray (this being it) is the lack of subtitles. If you're not fluent in Australian you're gonna need 'em mate. My personal view is that every DVD or blurry release should contain subtitles in English. Too much to ask, I know.
Oh, and one of the meanest badguys, btw.
Real slow burner but great killer.
Ho hum. Backpackers in Australia run into someone who doesn't have their best interests at heart. "Based on a true story" except that it wasn't, with all the usual horror conventions of people not doing sensible things which would finish the film within 60 minutes.
This is a nasty bloodthirsty film with some beautiful scenery, but the scenery doesn't come anywhere near to making the film worth watching (unless you like bloodsplattery horror).
Australia is my tenth country in the 30 countries challenge.
Based on not one, but an amalgam of true stories. As such, things get muddy (a based-in-reality killer with multiple m.o.'s?) but the beautiful cinematography elevates this. Not a bad time.
Nothing specially new. Visually atractive and effective cast, but the story doesn't get really interesting until the last 40 minutes.
Australian thriller about three friends whose vacation turns into a nightmare. On their way to Wolf Creek National Park their car battery dies and they meet a friendly outdoorsman who offers them help. Is the man really trying to help them? Or does he have other Intentions? A very intense film that shines above the majority of horror films being made today.
If there's one thing I love, it's the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women! I could walk into the theater over and over again to see this laugh rollercoaster!
Two Thumbs Up!
Slasher pretty cool, it takes a while to develop presented us the 3 main characters, then as you know a murderer starts killing them .... It is the typical slasher film, raw, violent, bloody and shocking for some people xD
Certainly for me the highlight of this film is the photography, the scene of one of the girls who flees the road is excellent, could this scene a very good plans.
Drei junge Menschen geraten bei einem Ferientrip ins australische Outback an einen sadistischen Serienkiller.
Die Story ist soweit bekannt aus anderen Filmen und es geht tatsächlich sehr klischeehaft los: Die Drei feiern, um zu zeigen, dass sie unbekümmert und lebenslustig sind. Was für eine Schande es doch wäre, ihnen ihr junges Leben zu nehmen! Man fährt los... an der Tankstelle begegnet man gruselig verschrobenen Einheimischen. Gruselgeschichten werden am Lagerfeuer erzählt. Liebeleien bahnen sich an. Das Auto geht kaputt...
Die Hälfte des Films kann man genau so zusammenfassen - da passiert sonst nichts. Dann auf einmal bricht die Hölle los und unsere Freunde werden eingefangen, gefoltert und abgeschlachtet. Dabei ist die Gewalt schon sehr drastisch in Szene gesetzt, was nach dem…
Why that last shot? Why?