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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mick Taylor
... Liz Hunter
... Kristy Earl
... Ben Mitchell
Gordon Poole ... Old Man
... Car Salesman
Phil Stevenson ... Mechanic
Geoff Revell ... Petrol Attendant
... Bazza
Aaron Sterns ... Bazza's Mate
Michael Moody ... Bazza's Old Mate
Andrew Reimer ... Flashback Dad
Vicki Reimer ... Flashback Mum
Isabella Reimer ... Flashback Girl
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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Based on true events. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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

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Darclight Films | Weinstein Company 1 |  »

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Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Cazador  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The collection of victim 'memorabilia' that Liz finds includes numerous photographs of Greg McLean's family and friends. See more »

Goofs

After Mick shoots the good Samaritan character, he gets into his old muscle car and drives towards the car that Kristy is frantically trying to start. He then sits and revs his engine for a while before putting his foot down and chasing her. After shooting her, he loads her into his car alongside the good Samaritan, who he did not stop to load into the car. See more »

Quotes

Ben Mitchell: What do you do now?
Mick Taylor: I could tell you. But then I'd have to kill you.
[laughs]
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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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Double the Bass
(2005)
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completely visceral and far more horrifying
26 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

than anything that's come out of h-wood lately.

there are going to be detractors who say that it's an Aussie retread of 'the Texas chainsaw massacre'; they might even be partially right. what i loved most about this film is the fact that in an age of sadly predictable horror films, this one kept me on the edge of my seat.

not only was i actually frightened, but this film kept pushing the envelope in terms of what horror audiences have come to expect. it goes WAY beyond anything you've seen in the last twenty years. thank god for true indies making real horror. this is a thousand times better than the overrated and ultimately idiotic 'saw' precisely because it keeps on showing you things you don't think you're going to see.

things that make you really, really uncomfortable. things that are very, very upsetting.

when we finished watching i felt as though i had been hit by a truck, much the same way i felt when i watched Texas chainsaw for the first time when i was fourteen. that was a long time ago. i think this film has the potential to become a similar rite of passage for up-and-coming horror fans. it's that powerful.

having said that, i can't see them releasing this as is. it touches on stuff that no major studio will want to go near.

one of the few 'based on a true story...' films that really is, i wonder how aussies felt when they saw this film. also, the lead baddie is a pretty familiar face to you lot down under--i'm curious how that translated? since i had no clue as to who the #$%* he was, he was totally believable as a freaky hick and scared the hell out of me.

great, great movie. horror fans? get your hands on a copy somehow.


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