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Wolf Creek (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  25 December 2005 (USA)
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Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive.

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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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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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:

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£554,618 (UK) (16 September 2005)

Gross:

$78,573 (New Zealand) (17 March 2006)
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Cassandra Magrath said that John Jarratt's sinister laugh gave her nightmares. See more »

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When Liz picks up the video camera, the sound of a tape ejecting is clearly heard before the video begins to play. See more »

Quotes

Kristy Earl: [Screaming hysterically] Please, don't kill me. Please!
[Mick fondles with his shotgun]
Kristy Earl: PLEASE! AH!
[Mick casually points his gun at her]
Kristy Earl: Please! Don't kill me! Please! NO! DON'T KILL ME!
[Mick's gun goes off but with no bullet; Mick laughs as Kristy continues screaming]
Mick Taylor: Well, nothing happens when the bolt's open, ya see?
[Mick takes a bullet and places it in his rifle; he clicks the gun]
Mick Taylor: UH-OH!
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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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Soundtracks

Eagle Rock
(1971)
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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Solid Oz genre flick
9 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Wolf Creek has a completely standard basic story for this kind of genre movie - travelers in isolated location encounter sadistic nut. Despite this, it's what writer/director Greg McLean does with the details which makes a difference.

The outback locations are rendered with a nice eye and evoke a sense of spooky isolation - anything could happen to you out here and no-one would know, much less be able to help. There is also the much discussed 'dark side of Crocodile Dundee' element - frankly, I can't believe it's taken so long for someone to conjure this one up, and McLean clearly delights in stabbing a knife through the heart of the mythical Aussie archetype. I think he's actually gotten to an uncomfortable, close-to-the-bone truth about the psyche of certain Aussie males, and John Jarret is eerily similar to the kind of individual one would encounter in many a country pub down under.

The fact that this is an Australian film also makes it a rare bird indeed. For some unfathomable reason, the Oz industry rarely does genre, and when it does, usually doesn't do it well. With this in mind, Wolf Creek is something of a breath of fresh air. Yes, it hews pretty closely to the codes and rules of its genre, but for the most part it does it well, and for my money, what works about the film is strong enough to make some of the weaker plot moments forgivable.

Will Gibson's HD camera-work is impressive, maintaining a consistent style from start to finish, aided by solid editing, score and sound design. Now maybe people will stop whining about how 'we can't make genre films here' and we might see some imagination and variety creep into Australian cinema.


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