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Wolf Creek (2005)

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

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Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)

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Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)
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Cast

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
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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 »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Darclight Films | Weinstein Company 1 | See more »

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Cazador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$244,306 (Australia), 28 October 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,908,206, 25 December 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,188,180

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,762,648, 11 September 2008
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Greg McLean originally wanted John Jarratt for the role of Mick Taylor. Even though other actors were considered for the part. See more »

Goofs

When Liz picks up the video camera, the sound of a tape ejecting is clearly heard before the video begins to play. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Featured in 20 to 1: Great Aussie Movies (2006) 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
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Destined to be a genre favorite
12 January 2006 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee all my reviews

Three young vacationers are traveling through Australia visiting landmarks and such. One of their most anticipated stops is an ancient meteorite crater park called "Wolf Creek." After enjoying the sights the group prepares to leave, but can't start the car. Their watches have also stopped and a strange, almost supernatural, unease rests in on them. They nervously wait until a kindly stranger comes by and tows them to his house and offers to fix their car - for free. However, they soon find out that this "kindly stranger" isn't so kind at all.

The resulting film is a well done tense and tense horror story. Like many other films to come out of Australia the main story element here is the land and its mystery and as each character tries to escape they are literally swallowed up by the land. The open endedness that the film presents is it's main strength - it can be seen as a metaphor for hell, the personification of true hopelessness, and a regular horror film viewer will be able to draw and appreciate many other things from it. Also much like the recent "Haute Tension" from France, the film is told in practically real-time as each character tries to desperately climb out of their horrifying situation and figure out what is going on, but primarily they just want to get the hell out of there.

From a blunt point of view this is a slasher version of "Picnic at Hanging Rock" - creepy landscape feature with weird occurrences going around about it and all sorts of myths, but that doesn't make this little scare-fest not worth seeing. It is very well done, well acted, and very tense throughout. The final shot is particularly enigmatic and chilling. The film's only real weakness it that it is for strictly for horror fans, other steer clear. 7/10

Rated R: brutal ruthless violence, and profanity


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