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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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30,000 are reported missing in Australia every year. Some are never seen again. 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?


Jamie Dunn and Peter Moon were considered for the role of Mick Taylor. 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: [as Mick Taylor chases her by car] Fuck you...
[Mick drives alongside her car and gives her crazy glances]
Kristy Earl: FUCK YOU!
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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 True Romance (1993) See more »


Written by Ben Nash (as B. Nash)
Performed by 78 Saab
(Ivy League Music/Mushroom Music Publishing)
Courtesy of Ivy League Records/Slanted Recordings
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User Reviews

Best Horror Film in Years.
25 February 2006 | by (New York, NY, United States) – See all my reviews

Wolf Creek is one of the best horror films of 2005 in my opinion. The film starts off with our three protagonists - Ben, Kristy, and Liz. Liz and Kristy are both British girls who are traveling in Australia, and before leaving, they decide to go on a backpacking trip across the country with their new Aussie mate, Ben.

After traveling a few days, they finally reach the Wolf Creek crater. After a day of hiking, they return to find their car in disrepair. Stranded with nobody around, they face the fact that they may have to spend the night in the car. While lying there, a car pulls up, and out comes an old Aussie redneck named Mick. He offers them a ride to his garage where he can fix the car, and while he seems a little strange, he is nonetheless a friendly old fellow. After being being towed to the old mining campsite, they fall asleep by the fire while he works on their car. But when they awake, it is very apparent that Mick has much more in mind than just fixing their car, and the audience is pulled into our characters' dreadful nightmare.

To put it plain and simple, Wolf Creek is a disturbing film. The cinematography is excellent, the entire movie has an amateurish feel to it, and is gritty and raw. It captures that realism that films like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Last House on the Left" both have, and achieves a level of horror and reality that most films fail to do nowadays. Many people complain about the slow beginning, but overall the film benefits from it, because we get to know our characters before seeing them go through a world of dread - which is another rarity in modern horror cinema.

Australian director Greg McClean gives the audience many eerie shots, primarily of nature in the outback, that adds an unsettling tone to the film, even when something horrifying isn't going on. Other mysterious events are tacked on to make things even more unsettling, including campfire stories of UFOs, and the group's watches not working after reaching the crater. Although these events have nothing to do with the actual horror that awaits the characters, they still give the viewer a feeling that something isn't quite right. All of the actors give believable performances, they all seem like actual people, unlike many of the cardboard cutout characters we see in film today.

To sum things up, Wolf Creek relies more on suspense and tension than all-out gore, which I personally find to be more effective. This film is probably one of the few great horror films in the past 10 years, at least from what I have seen. Wolf Creek left me feeling unsettled with a bitter taste in my mouth, and any movie that has the power to do that is a good one in my book. I'd say this is destined to become the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" of our generation. Wolf Creek is everything that a horror film should be. 10/10.

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