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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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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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The Thrill Is In The Hunt. See more »

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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£554,618 (UK) (18 September 2005)

Gross:

$16,188,180 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to executive producer Matt Hearn, the car that Kestie Morassi rolls in the film still ran despite being wrecked. Indeed, in The Making of 'Wolf Creek' (2006), there is a shot of the car being driven after the stunt has been performed. See more »

Goofs

In consecutive shots, Ben's earring in his right cartilage appears and disappears repeatedly as he is kissing Liz. See more »

Quotes

Mick Taylor: See? Head on a stick!
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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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Featured in 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (2006) See more »

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You're No Good to Me
(2005)
Written by Justin Astbury and Rob Biancetti
Produced and Performed by SystemBot
Vocal by Benton Astbury and Neusa Pires
Recorded © Timms Tunes/Digital Recordings
Under License from Digital Recordings 2004
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The seen and Unseen
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie at the recommendation of a friend this past weekend. I thought it was definitely the MOST disturbing film I have ever seen but at the same time one of the best. I have read the movie begins "mundanely." However, the slow beginning is essential to the plot. There is the repeated metaphor of water throughout the movie: Ben jumping into the pool, Kestie swimming in the ocean. Both of these are symbolic of life giving, opposed to the water Jarrat offers the trio, which ultimately leads to death. And juxtaposed is the freedom, joyful youth at the beginning with the embodiment of human depravity at the end.

I think the most brilliant aspect of this movie is what is not shown. You see how Jarrat'a depravity begins with Cassandra and the final product is also shown. Although there are some graphic scenes, I would not characterize them as gratuitous. What leaves the horrible dread in the audience is what is not seen. The imagination is always worse than the reality (well maybe not in the case of this movie).


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