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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.
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.
Scavenger Hunt - May 2016 | Film #4
Task #26: An Australian horror film
"A rifle in the wrong hands can be you know, really dangerous."
Ew. Ew. Ew! I don't even know how to write a proper review on this film. It pissed me off. Everything about it was bad, and I wouldn't rewatch it even if held at gunpoint. The poster is nice that's why I'm giving it half a star.
This is a great slasher movie. Don't take the whole based on a true story tag seriously. There is nothing truth about this movie. The main bad guy in this movie is one of the most terrifying killers I seen a long time.
The Australians really have something going for them. Their horror films seem to be inspired by that huge Outback, full of dangers unknown, that creeps up to their backyards. At least in some collective subconscious. Australian horror movies have this gritty texture, and an acceptance that absolutely anything can happen. Wolf Creek is in this grand tradition.
When I saw this in theatres, I wasn't impressed. It seemed like just another crazed-killer movie. And yeah, it is, but it also captures a loneliness and desperation that don't come through in the average American crazed-killer movie.
Tiene cuarenta minutos iniciales en los que no pasa NADA y piensas que esto va a ser un coñazo. Pero a veces, por suerte, hay un punto de inflexión que cambia radicalmente una peli para mejor. Y es que en Wolf Creek cuando llega John Jarratt todo mejora exponencialmente, empezando por el hecho de que interpreta a uno de los mejores y más carismáticos villanos de filme de terror que he visto y siguiendo por el tenso y divertido torture porn que compone esta segunda mitad del filme.
I wasn't impressed with this. I love Aussie Horror and it has John Jarratt but it just drags. Torture porn is exhausted too. Maybe a revisit in a few years will change my opinion.
This concept has some spark but the plot is not convincing enough. The 1st 30-35 mins. are outright weak. The violence is okay-"critics fuss about anything". Passable.
This is a "horror" of the more old school variety. I did not expect the gore nor the brutality of this film.
It is a short movie but it takes a while to get to the actual peak. At 1hr 35m longet nothing really happens until the 50min mark then from there on out it is unadulterated gore.
The "bad guy" is particularly disturbing with one of the best laughs in Cinema History. This films sets up a lot of red herrings then swings you into the action. I enjoyed it. Alot
“I’m going to do something they used to do in Vietnam”
It’s easy to see why Wolf Creek was met with ravishing response from horror fans upon release, but I’m starting to think that it has more to do with the low expectations we have on horror films these days. The characters of Greg McLean’s outback horror is perfectly suitable, the acting is acceptable (with John Jarrat’s psycho as the standout) and by horror-standards these characters is somewhere between the brilliance of The Descent and your average Nightmare on Elm Street-sequel. It’s just acceptable, but the fact that such decent acting is welcome says a lot about the poor standards in the horror genre.
Luckily, the film has more to…
"The following is based on actual events."
Unfortunately, the film opens with a lie, as the film reportedly is influenced by, and not based on, the Ivan Milat and Bradley John Murdoch cases, the latter currently serving life inprisonment for the 2001 murder of British tourist Peter Falconio in Australia. The fact that the film attempts to publicize itself rather inaccurately substracts credibility from the seriosuness of the intentions of the filmmakers, and from the film itself.
But then, the film proceeds to make an attempt at making something worthwhile for the horror genre. Entirely shot hand-held, Wolf Creek is a rather special case. In the vast see of what has been ludricrously labeled as "torture porn", the film shows…
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