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Wolf Creek (2005)

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Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture.


(as Greg Mclean)


(as Greg Mclean)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Cazador  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£554,618 (UK) (16 September 2005)


$16,186,348 (USA) (3 March 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point during the shooting of the scene where Mick (John Jarratt) is torturing Kristy (Kestie Morassi) whilst Liz (Cassandra Magrath) looks through the window, director Greg McLean wanted to get a shot of Cassandra's POV, so he cleared the crew out of the shed in which the scene was being shot, leaving only the two actors inside. When he called action, they began playing the scene, however, after a minute, Mclean became convinced that Jarratt had gone too far and that Morassi's cries for help were genuine. He burst into the shed only to find both actors stunned at the disruption. Morassi was fine - it had simply been the intensity of her performance which had fooled Mclean. See more »


The length of the tow-cable changes from shot to shot. In most of the towing scenes the car is about five feet behind the truck. However, in some long shots the car is about 15 feet behind. See more »


Mick Taylor: I'm going to do something now they used to do in Vietnam. It's called making a head on a stick.
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Crazy Credits

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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User Reviews

a terrifying non psychological horror? thats a first
4 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

wow! like many other movies i review, i literally only just saw this. and i must say that I'm impressed with the SAFC, this is a truly horrific movie. The highlights: * Unknown cast- gave the movie a very realistic atmosphere. i was so happy to realise that none of the actors were remotely familiar. * Low Budget- the obvious low budget gave the film a gritty and unsettling appearance. the locations were convincing and didn't look too perfected for cinema. * Character Development- This was my favorite aspect of the movie. unlike the corny Hollywood slasher/horrors that jump straight into the gore, this movie gave about an hour of very carefully planned events made solely to adapt to the characters. it was strange because although nothing was really happening during that hour, it still seemed interesting. I've come to realise that this was because of how realistic it was to show non-eventful scenes. not every second of life has something interesting. * Psycho- Mick Taylor was a very creepy character because of how familiar his behaviour is. before we see his psychopathic ways, he comes across as just some friendly bloke trying to lend a hand. and his creepy smile is still terrifying long after the movie has ended.

Negative points: * a couple of factual mistakes, none too bad though * only loosely based on true stories, therefore not as scary

Apart from that, this was actually one of the best horror movies out there. definitely the best gore-fest horror, anyway.

Congrats to the South Australian Film Corporation!

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