We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
"Now Lizzy... A rifle in the wrong hands can be you know, really dangerous. So, GIVE ME THE FUCKING-*BANG*"
I'm re-watching a lot of stuff in short intervals, it's very strange...
4 thoughts for 4 stars;
1) John Jarratt's silhouette needs more praise.
2) The chicks in this are like a poor man's Keira Knightley and Amy Adams. Also, the Letterboxd poster for this sucks, there's a much better one involving poor-man's-Amy Adams on the highway...much better.
3) Greg McLean makes a dripping umbrella look cool, also the Australian Blu-Ray for this opens with a trailer for the second one, then the trailer for The Wolf Of Wall Street and then the American Hustle trailer...it's odd.
4) The second one's still my favourite, but this is a darker beast. These films make me oddly patriotic (fun fact: I'm re-watching the second one next week...on a date! Oooh.)
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.
Film 7 in the 2014 Halloween Film Fest
"Now, this little procedure is called, 'making a head on a stick', because once your spine's severed, that's what you have. HEAD ON A STICK!"
This was actually pretty decent. Well, sort of. I was enjoying the film, as it opened up introducing us to our three characters, showing a beautiful side to the Australian Outback. It didn't quite thrust us into the supposed horror state, until nearly an hour into the film, which isn't too bad, as it gives us a good feel for things. After that, it just fell downhill for me.
Wolf Creek takes place in 1999 Australia and follows three friends, Liz (Cassandra Magrath), Kristy (Kestie Morassi), and…
Ruined by the clichéd idiotic actions of the victims.
What a horrible, nasty, nihilistic film!
Bloody good though. And it's very impressive for a horror movie to be enjoyable and watchable even without anything sinister happening for its first 45-50 minutes.
This is one of the scariest movies ever. I rarely look away in a film, but did several times. If you love scary then this is for you.
Hated this film with a burning passion when I first saw it a couple years ago. And I can completely understand the mindset of my younger self.
But fucking hell is Wolf Creek a gruesome, cruelly effective experience. I found myself in awe of how superbly it works. 50 minutes of simplistic character development with subtle hints that there is an unspoken terror lurking within the Australian desert. And when eccentric Aussie Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) arrives, his friendly facade doesn't fool anyone. We know terrible things are in store. Yet director Greg McLean delays the horror in store, utilizing the lengthy time he spend on characterization to toy with our affections for his characters.
When the violence starts, it's…
Pretty decent visual style that has a dirty documentary feel reminiscent of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre but when the credits roll and i can't remember the name of one of the movie's four characters, that realistic style is all for nothing. The three protagonists are all boring and their stupid decisions largely outweigh their intelligent ones. It's also bad when the villain is a way more interesting character and screen presence.
Solid & effective movie. I was uncomfortable the entire time. John Jarratt's performance just makes you wish you were dead if you were in their shoes. You've seen plenty of movies like this one before but this one is different and deserves the admiration it receives. I really enjoyed the ending and not seeing a typical US ending to a horror movie like this.
The mix of totally believable and fun characters, coupled with the unrelenting horror and violence, makes Wolf Creek one of, if not the best horror film Australia has ever released, not to mention one of the most visually stunning films I've ever watched.
Plenty of people will complain that Wolf Creek is slow, but honestly, that doesn't bother me often, it's only in films like Van Diemen's Land (another Australian horror) where the pace never picks up that I get bored. They call it dull, I call it character building, background and suspense. Also people complain about it having too many slasher cliches, but if you pay attention that's not strictly true. Yes, the antagonist is down, and they leave…
This shit is the best film ever to get drunk to. Its an experience I'll tell you that for free.
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