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Wolf Creek (2005)

R  |   |  Horror  |  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.


(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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Based on true events. See more »



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)


$78,573 (New Zealand) (17 March 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Even though writer/director Greg McLean did not write the role of Mick for anyone in particular, John Jarratt was the first and only actor to audition for the part. Jarratt was well known in Australia at the time as the host of a gardening show, but he was also a recognized actor. Mclean invited Jarratt to audition after he had seen him in a play called Dead Heart. Ironically, Jarratt was only working as a replacement for the regular star Brian Brown, who was ill the night Mclean attended. See more »


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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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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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...as terrifying as anything I have seen.
17 September 2005 | by (Greenwich - London) – 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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