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.)
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…
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…
A beautifully shot underrated gem with a great villain.
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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.
I like that, for long periods, the movie keeps away from supernatural type miraculous survivals and pop out of nowhere appearances. The bad guy just seems to be a psychotic dickhead, taking advantage of the Outbacks emptiness to get his jollies. In one sense that gives grit to this "true story" tag. On the other, it makes later events sickening and sadistic...at which point the connoisseur will probably be wondering, what's wrong with that? To me you can always take a step back from the gore and say well it's all dress up and make believe when it gets depressingly nasty. Added to that, you wouldn't expect a young lady to be an efficient killer but the bit where she…
"Wolf Creeks" starts out ordinarily enough, and the story follows along the same plot line of dozens of other similar horror movies. It's claim to fame, however, is in being something of an endurance test for the audience, seemingly asking them "How much can you take?"
First-time writer and director Greg Mclean is clearly a skilled filmmaker. and his debut feature packs a punch with its garish grindhouse style. The three leads are bland and interchangeable, as their only purpose is to be likable and victimized. They accomplish that adequately enough.
The real star, however, is Australian actor John Jarratt, previously unknown in this country, making a big impression as the psycho here. He's both charming and sadistic, even though…
I'm actually really surprised I hadn't seen this movie earlier. I had heard so much about it, hailing it was a classic now. So finally, I got to watch it. And it's somewhat a disappointment.
I don't understand how this is considered "horror". Horror is supposed to scare you. This movie was just a thriller/suspense movie. There was nothing scary about it. Yeah, it was violent and had some gore, but wasn't enough to be a "horror" movie.
Other than that. It was ok. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. Hence the mid range. I could have waited to watch this. Of course, I am going to watch the second, but I really don't have high hopes for it (*cough cough* The Pact 2, I am talking to you)
Empezamos fuerte revisionando una película de la que ya disfruté hace más de un lustro. Un based on actual events de los de toda la vida, con sus fenómenos paranormales, sus jovenzuelos acongojados... y el cabrón del campo (minchinela.com/repronto/2008/11/01/capitulo-14-%E2%80%9Cel-cabron-del-campo%E2%80%9D). Lo cierto es que cuenta con un tempo desigual, consagrando más de la mitad de su metraje a escenas contemplativas que ni ayudan a meternos en faena ni contribuyen a que avance la trama. No obstante, en cuanto "el paisano" hace acto de presencia (¡valorazos de producción!), la cosa adquiere bastante buen ritmo. Se la podrá acusar por sus clichés y recursos trillados (decisiones desafortunadas de los protas, litros de sangre, brag wall con trofeos de víctimas, etc.) pero también tiene detalles bastante simpáticos como las persecuciones puntuales en coche o el homenaje autoparódico a Crocodile Dundee. Encima, el presupuesto fue bastante ajustado para toda la pasta que terminó generando. THUMBS UP.
The Australian outback setting works very well in favour of this violent slasher movie, in which three tourists are trapped and preyed upon by a serial killer. Setting aside, Wolf Creek does not break away from conventions established in similar films all the way back in the 70s, although John Jarratt's psycho, Mick, is a genuinely creepy menace. The film ponderously claims this to be based on true events, but it is in fact, merely inspired by the backpacker murders carried out in Australia in the early 90s by serial killer Ivan Milat
This movie is great for its budget and the ending is fantastic but the rest is kind of standard paint by numbers slasher genre fare.
Carbura lento ma appena si fa vedere il suo killer Wolf Creek si anima. Idee riciclate e facce buffe durante gli omicidi valgono la visione.
Mick Taylor: What was it your mate said again? Oh, yeah, that's not a knife - *this* is a knife!
Deserves props for a jumpy, elliptical (and surprisingly digital) aesthetic that doubly reinforces the omnipresence of the villain; when he says something like "Never know where I might pop up," it feels as though he really could randomly appear in any frame, even if he was nowhere to be seen in the previous one. Things that are harder to give props to: virtually everything that comes before that aesthetic is paid off.
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- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
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