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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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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

Unbeknown to the crew the abandoned mine where they chose to film had actually been the site of the real life murder of a woman. The filming prompted a protest from locals who erroneously thought the film was about those events. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Mick Taylor: I was doing people a service really, by shooting them. There's kangaroos all over the place... like tourists.
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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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Surprisingly effective and chilling.
14 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Let me preface this by saying that I did not view the trailer before I saw this movie, nor did I really know anything about it. I do not know if that will lessen the impact at all, but it might (not sure what they show in the trailer).

Writer/producer/director McLean shot this movie on a digital HD handy cam, giving it an amateurish feel - but it is far from amateur. The first 45 minutes feel like a completely different movie than the last hour or so, and that is one of this movie's many strengths. McLean spends time letting the audience get to know the three main protagonists, who are Liz, Kristy, and Ben. They girls, who are both from Britain, are nearing the end of their Australian excursion, and they set off with their new Aussie mate, Ben, on a road trip/backpacking trip across the country.

McLean has an eye for the unsettling, even in the mostly warm first minutes, and he uses the stark colors and landscapes of the deepening outback to give it a slowly building sense of dread. Their are a few ominous signs - a dog barking viciously at something off screen, a rather unpleasant encounter in an out of the way gas station, and an awkward conversation about UFOs and aliens. I knew it was a horror movie, and the slow buildup is a wonderful way to create true and genuine tension.

Another thing that creates tension is the fact that the three main characters are so well fleshed out, and feel so real, that the audience begins to care for them. Knowing it is a horror movie, we know that something is eventually going to happen, and beginning segment, in its quiet, tender moments, make you wonder when that is going to happen. It's all part of the extremely good package.

Another thing to like about this horror movie is that the characters, for the most part, do not do any stupid things or horror clichés; rather, they are trying to survive and they do respond in believable ways to the horrors around them. And when those horrors finally come, after an particularly amazing segue (going to sleep...sunset...waking up hogtied), they do not let up.

Part of the criticism of this movie is that it is realistically violent and brutal, but it's a juxtaposition from the first half. It's also a juxtaposition of civilized vs. uncivilized, and the sterile, uncompromising landscape of the Outback is the perfect place for this to occur. There wasn't an over the top amount of gore, which is good, because the cruelty of what the three endure is enough to churn anyone's stomach. However, the movie is not just simple exploitation - far from it, actually. It's about that deep-seated fear of the unknown, and what could happen in an unfamiliar place.

McLean, while following a somewhat formulaic idea, stays far away from the usual stupidity. The fact that we have grown to care for the three main characters is why the second half is so effective, because there are things that happen to them that are so brutal that you feel it right with them.

'Wolf Creek' is one of the few good/great horror movies I've ever seen.


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