Ben, Liz and Kristy; backpackers stranded in the Australian outback, are befriended by a local who is a sadistic psychopath that will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture.

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Three backpackers travel into the Australian Outback, only to find themselves stranded at Wolf Creek crater. Once there they are encountered by a bushman, Mick Taylor, who offers them a ride back to his place. Little do the three know that their adventure into the Outback, would be a complete nightmare after the backpackers find a way to escape.

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30,000 are reported missing in Australia every year. Some are never seen again. See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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£554,618 (UK) (16 September 2005)

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$78,573 (New Zealand) (17 March 2006)
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There had been no rainfall for ten years in the area where the backpackers park their car before setting off for the crater, but it started raining as soon as the crew arrived. In the end, director Greg McLean was happy it rained, as it added to the ominous atmosphere of the scene. See more »

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In shots from the back seat towards the driver's seat, both the tachometer and speedometer read zero - the car is in neutral and being pulled from the front while the characters are acting. The car is not running or being "driven" by the actors. See more »

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Kristy Earl: [screaming at Taylor while she's tied-up] You loser!
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The producers would like to thank ... the people of Hawker, Port Augusta, Flinders Ranges and South Australia, ... Frank, Marie and the entire Mclean family See more »


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Eagle Rock
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Written by Ross Wilson (as R. Wilson)
Performed by Daddy Cool
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Under License from BMG Australia Limited
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...as terrifying as anything I have seen.
17 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

How good to be able to report that a current horror film is as terrifying as anything I have seen. I'm not sure how much the slow build helped. With limp violence to come, certainly a thorough introduction to the participants can help the consequent action seem more involving but when the visceral action is as shattering and disturbing as this I'm not so sure. In any event, this modern day, Australian, Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieves all it sets out to and will give nobody a comfortable ride. Unrelenting and truly scary this is a monumental piece of work. The editing is particularly effective and helpful in keeping the tension going. There is no dull moment at all in this movie, only stand out scenes and the best of these is the central and very hard to watch, treatment of the first captive. This scene is made all the worse for the most part because the 'rescuer' is like us stunned by the ferocity of the violence and reduced to simple watching and we are made even more aware of the voyeuristic nature of the situation as we watch horrific torture and killing. Not a bundle of fun then but an extremely well told tale. I just won't be watching it again right away.


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