Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged inside a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.


Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)


Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Jarratt ... Mick Taylor
Cassandra Magrath ... Liz Hunter
Kestie Morassi ... Kristy Earl
Nathan Phillips ... Ben Mitchell
Gordon Poole Gordon Poole ... Old Man
Guy O'Donnell ... Car Salesman
Phil Stevenson Phil Stevenson ... Mechanic
Geoff Revell Geoff Revell ... Petrol Attendant
Andy McPhee ... Bazza
Aaron Sterns Aaron Sterns ... Bazza's Mate
Michael Moody Michael Moody ... Bazza's Old Mate
Andrew Reimer Andrew Reimer ... Flashback Dad
Vicki Reimer Vicki Reimer ... Flashback Mum
Isabella Reimer Isabella Reimer ... Flashback Girl
David Rock David Rock ... Irish Backpacker


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


30,000 are reported missing in Australia every year. Some are never seen again. See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Mark Mitchell was considered for the role of Mick Taylor. See more »


(at around 7 mins) When waking up on the beach in Broome, Liz looks out at the sunrise over the water. The sun would be setting over the water in WA, not rising. See more »


Mick Taylor: I'm heading South.
Ben Mitchell: South.
Mick Taylor: Yeah, South.
Ben Mitchell: South.
Mick Taylor: You wanna get North?
Ben Mitchell: Yeah.
Mick Taylor: I'm heading South.
Ben Mitchell: [laughs] Yeah.
Mick Taylor: [laughs] Bit of a bugger!
Ben Mitchell: [laughs] Yeah.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The German DVD is available in both a FSK 18 release and a FSK 16 release with 7 minutes of cuts. 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

Very Real
20 August 2011 | by AdamR702See all my reviews

This movie is what others try to be, its not overly graphic with gore but it lets the story build up and the actors to execute what horror is and should be.

It doesn't feel cheap or low budget, but very VERY well done, from the directing to special effects(blood,gore) to the post production and audio. Which is where the movie won me over the audio is amazing,from the actors voice overs to the soundtrack that sends chills down your spine.

Now the acting is truly topnotch as everything is very realistic and that is what makes horror movies scary is that they can happen, none of what happens in Wolf Creek is out of this realm. And I guess the whole "based on true events" thing is played out(even if its true or not)it helps towards the realism of the film. Also as far as shock factor goes it won't make you throw up or have nightmares but it will make you think before taking something from a stranger.

The way horror movies are going and have been for this past decade is that everything needs to be more shocking and I know this was made in 2005 but that was the birth of this new shock genre which gave way to films like A Serbian Film, Martyrs, Ichi, and Hostel. But Wolf Creek gets back to basics and shows that CGI and gore aren't required to make a scary film.

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Official Sites:

Darclight Films | Kojo




English | Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolf Creek See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,805,754, 25 December 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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