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Wolf Creek (2005)

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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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)  »

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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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One of the two films that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon their release in 2005, along with Alone in the Dark (2005). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Ben Mitchell: [slightly drunk] Man, you must love the freedom.
Mick Taylor: What?
Ben Mitchell: The freedom. You know, you must love it. You know, hangin' out in nature and shit.
Mick Taylor: Right...
Ben Mitchell: You get to, like, you know, cruise around the bush.
[pause]
Ben Mitchell: Saying cool stuff like, "that's not a knife, this is a knife!"
[Mick glares at him]
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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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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #2.38 (2005) See more »

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Double the Bass
(2005)
Written by Justin Astbury and Rob Biancetti
Produced and Performed by SystemBot
Recorded © Timms Tunes/Digital Recordings
Under License from Digital Recordings 2004
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a seismic shift in cruel imagery...
25 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Let's get something clear: violence is not frightening. It is sad. And in a film like this it is used to disgust not scare - or, even worse, excite immature viewers. It is menace in well made films that is frightening....and in a new 'horror' film like this one, the use of such deliberately graphic cruel imagery towards beautiful young women says more about the lack of talent of the director than it does about the story. To decide to repeatedly show imagery of a beautiful young woman defiled with brutality, screaming in pain from being mutilated and injured, is a new and disgusting low in what is on a movie screen. The writer producer director is Greg MacLean and it is he who wants you to see imagery of a mutilated woman graphically injured, screaming in pain, having her spine severed... and this is supposed to constitute creativity. WOLF CREEK is a failure artistically and creatively for this reason. Sure there is some nice photography by a talented cinematographer in reels one and two. After that it contains mutilation as storyline, injury and pain images as supposedly interesting events, proving this young director needs serious psychological help The Australian Film Industry, struggling for a few years with lame films has resorted to pornographic snuff style violence to re excite itself by supporting and promoting this sad sad mean cruel film. Now if I can clearly see all that why can't the rest of you writing 'glowing' reviews for this appalling new low in film making? The director might want to be a Tarantino wannabee gleefully brutalising women for personal preference as his career, but I for one will gladly point out this house of cards to eradicate this rotten turn of events from our screens. Stop saying WOLF CREEK is scary. It is not. Any educated person can evaluate this...unless of course, you actually want to see images of beautiful young women screaming in pain from their injuries after being mutilated.


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