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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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Did You Know?


The film originated as a standard slasher movie set in the Australian outback. Writer/director Greg McLean wrote it in 1997 but never liked what he'd written. When the Ivan Millat case came to light, it inspired Mclean to rewrite the script and introduce the concept of the nice guy who seems to be there to help you out, but is in reality, a murderer. See more »


When Liz and Kristy first escape from Mick's and are heading into the outback, it is supposed to be the dead of night, yet in some shots you can see the dawn. See more »


Kristy Earl: Someone's got a crush on you.
Ben Mitchell: Yeah, Graham the attendant. I could tell.
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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 »


References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »


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Written by Ross Wilson (as R. Wilson)
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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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