Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
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.
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 »
The length of the tow-cable changes from shot to shot. In most of the towing scenes the car is about five feet behind the truck. However, in some long shots the car is about 15 feet behind. See more »
A personal vision of outback paranoia that is a neat, tight thriller
WOLF CREEK actually bothers to establish its characters before throwing a world of hurt at them. As a result, it works as a neat thriller.
Backpackers, who become stranded, are given assistance by Uncle Mike (John Jarratt), a Crocodile Dundee gone seriously wrong. The bloody events that follow are consistent with Mike's homicidal personality.
Director/writer Greg McClean creates some stock situations that he rescues with cleverness. He keeps the set-ups moving at a clip, he directs the action with clarity and enthusiasm, and he doesn't allow the horror scenes to become gratuitous.
Shot on HD, lenser Will Spencer produces some striking, low light visuals and the bump to 35mm is relatively flawless.
Some obscene snatches of dialog and a little gallows humor amp up the tension. An inventive use of a knife on a living spine is a fine example of grim suggestion.
The final coda is underwhelming and the "true story" fabrication (also employed in films such as FARGO) adds some spin to the proceedings.
This confident debut references NEAR DARK, THE CHAINSAW MASSACRE, MAD MAX and WALKABOUT while still conveying a personal vision of outback paranoia.
Editing by Jason Ballantine is tight and, where necessary, the film leaps across the taste line (God bless it!)
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