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

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to stars Cassandra Magrath and Kestie Morassi the scenes shot on the beach early in the film may look warm on screen, but were actually freezing. It was so cold that for the scene where Mcgrath runs out into the ocean, all of the crew were behind camera in hats and gloves. According to Magrath, when she got out of the water, she was so cold, she literally couldn't remember her own name. See more »

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The movie is set in Western Australia, but the design of the power poles in the movie are specific to South Australia, and S.W. Queensland (they're called Stobie Poles). 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 »

Connections

References Predator (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Devils Ride
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Written by Col Finley (as C. Finley)
Performed by Col Finley
(ABC Music Publishing/Mushroom Music Publishing)
Courtesy of ABC Music
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Best Horror Film in Years.
25 February 2006 | by evildressSee 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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