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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.

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Storyline

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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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  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£554,618 (UK) (16 September 2005)

Gross:

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

A very eerie coincidence occurred for the second unit crew sent out to get footage of the Wolf Creek Crater. Since the location was many hours from any town the small crew decided to camp out in their car at the site after shooting. During the night a mysterious stranger showed up in a truck to investigate. The stranger indeed looked very much like the character of Mick Taylor, right down to the rustic truck. The stranger left, but the crew was so spooked that they drove an hour down the road before finally stopping to camp for the night. See more »

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After the elderly man has stopped to help Kristy, but has been shot, Kristy is trying to put the keys into the car but is fumbling. At the same time, you can hear the audio of a car starting, but you can still see her fumbling with the keys in her hands. See more »

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Mick Taylor: [he grabs a wounded Liz and holds her up; she starts screaming. Mick laughs] I got a bullet hole in me neck and I'm not whingeing, am I? No!
[pause]
Mick Taylor: I'm gonna have to do something, Lizzy. So as you don't try and run out on me, you know? It's... It's a little trick they used to use in the Vietnam War, you know? So they could take prisoners and they still get the same information out of 'em! But the little buggers didn't escape!
[Mick shakes Liz and shouts in her ear]
Mick Taylor: You with me? You with me?
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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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Soundtracks

Eagle Rock
(1971)
Written by Ross Wilson (as R. Wilson)
Performed by Daddy Cool
(Mushroom Music Publishing)
Under License from BMG Australia Limited
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Unrelenting, actually frightening
10 November 2008 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Wolf Creek is a fine example of a rare breed nowadays: a horror film that pulls no punches and makes no apologies for frightening and unnerving the audience.

Three young people are hiking in the Australian Outback when they're unlucky enough to meet Mick Taylor (played brilliantly by John Jarratt), one of the most twisted psychopaths to grace the big screen in years. Mick is a guy who did some hunting at one time, is pretty good with a rifle, and is a survivalist with some possible military training... we're not really sure of much else. All we know is that at some point he took up hunting people for his own amusement and found out he was quite good at it.

What makes this film frightening is how realistic and plausible the story is. Mick seems like a demon that could actually exist in the real world. He's not a super-genius serial killer always toying with the cops. He doesn't kill to fulfill some grandiose plan or message. He doesn't kill his victims in elaborate, unlikely scenarios or games. Rather, he's a pure sadist who just seems to enjoy watching pain, suffering and death. It's that simple. It doesn't take much imagination to realize, in the the middle of the Outback, it would be quite easy for a psycho like Mick to operate for a long time and never get caught.

Wolf Creek is brutally violent and unflinchingly realistic. It never gives the audience time to catch their breath or to feel any hope. This movie is not for everyone. It leaves you unsettled and feeling uneasy. This is only for real horror fans who desire a scare that will stick with them long after the movie ends.


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