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Wolf Creek
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by Doug Bentin

"It’s not the violence—it’s the eyes."
4 stars

What would one of those true crime programs on A&E be like if it wasn’t made for basic cable? If the filmmakers could really cut loose and depict what it’s like to know you’re going to die in agony any minute now? If you could find an actor to not just play the part of a serial killer, but to actually re-create his thought process? What would it be like?

“Wolf Creek.” That’s what.

This new shocker from Australia, written/produced/directed by Greg McLean, is shot on video to look like a documentary of the real thing. McLean hopes, by emphasizing the fact that the events in the film were suggested by a couple of true abduction-murders in Oz and then shooting the film to recreate the look of on-the-scene film-journalism, he can intensify the audiences’ reactions. It works.

The movie begins innocently enough. Ben, Liz and Kristy (Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, and Kestie Morassi) are enjoying a vacation on Broome Beach, an Indian Ocean resort on Australia’s northwest side. They drive to Wolf Creek, site of a meteor crash umpteen thousand years ago. Getting ready to leave, they discover that their watches have stopped and the car battery is deceased.

They cuddle up in the dark to frighten each other with ghost and UFO abduction stories when suddenly Mick Taylor, a friendly but somehow off-putting Bushman, appears. He offers to tow them to his camp where he can fix the car and send them on their way.

It will come as no surprise to you to read that Mick is crazier than a meowing dingo and what he puts these city twentysomethings through in one hellish night is so brutal it makes “Saw” look like an episode of “Veggie Tales.” If you already have a hard time reconciling screen sadism with entertainment, forget this one.

McLean has said that the terrain of the country changes as the picture moves from its sunny opening segments to its bleak, nihilistic conclusion, and director of photography Will Gibson captures that change from warmth to chilliness perfectly. McLean’s eye is unblinking and the picture is the ultimate Take-the-shrimp-off-the-barbee anti-tourism movie. You know—see Australia and die.

But the film’s most outstanding element is John Jarratt’s performance as the mad Bushman. Watch him before he runs amok, sitting round the campfire with these tourists, 20-years his junior. He wants them to think he’s Crocodile Dundee, but he can’t quite pull it off. His eye contact is too intense, too insistent. Jeez, those eyes are creepy as all hell. He laughs in the wrong places, and continues the laugh a beat too long. Watching him try to mask his insanity is like listening to a deaf person talk. They think they sound right, but something’s off. Jarratt’s Mick is never quite at ease until he has a truly captive audience.

The script is pretty much standard issue, but it manages a couple of nice surprises and reversals. Just when you think it’s going to use all the usual cliches, it kicks the slats out from under you. And when Mick performs what he calls “putting a head on a stick,” whew. I won’t tell you what this means, but if you see it, you won’t like it.

“Wolf Creek” is unremittingly grim and, like TV news reporting used to be before anchors told you what to think of every report—“Now here’s a story that’ll shock you”—it’s disturbingly amoral.

There are a couple of obligatory shots of kangaroos in the movie, but it’s human nature here that is hideously red in tooth and claw.

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originally posted: 01/05/06 10:59:33
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User Comments

2/26/20 Chester 1st half.is boring..2nd half lays groundwork for excellent sequel/TV show 3 stars
6/25/10 The Stick that Slaps Amen to that, SpaceGoat... 1 stars
10/31/09 Ron Joanne Lees (victim of the ordeal) has a book out, "NO TURNING BACK". Based on true events 3 stars
9/01/09 SpaceGoat There is something terribly wrong with guys who make films like this. 1 stars
10/27/08 Sugarfoot This movie has nothing on the grittier 70s gore epics and the narrative is really boring. 1 stars
8/09/08 ben dover awesome and truly disturbing 5 stars
6/29/08 action movie fan good scary last house on the left style shocker-realistic and believable 4 stars
3/01/08 Ivana Mann Brutal...brutally boring.Virtually no plot,just flacid,rehashed torture-porn. Total poo! 1 stars
1/10/08 misty boring 1 stars
1/02/08 Matt Not very close to the real story, but still quite good. Gross and scary! 4 stars
8/06/07 ravenmad Crap, awful, disgusting and not scary. Made to dehumanize. Save some green. 1 stars
6/27/07 philip easton a horror film that relies on performances rather than gore 4 stars
5/02/07 Tracey Chambers people who make movies like this must think the audience is stupid 1 stars
4/09/07 Chris Redmond Brutally simple; unpretentious and, most importantly, deeply disturbing. 4 stars
3/07/07 Larry the hacker Mclean is a new master! Awesome flick! 5 stars
11/05/06 kory burtch beginning boring ending good and filled with suspence 4 stars
10/21/06 Dillon Isn't really worth your time and doesn't have pay-off big enough to compensate. 2 stars
9/16/06 Rhiann Wolf creek is based on true events..this makes it scary. And it has done an awesome job! 4 stars
9/02/06 Colleen Jenson As far as horror movies go, that fact that it is based on a true story makes it scary. 4 stars
8/24/06 Christine Dolce This movie was awesome!! I loved it. well done 5 stars
8/07/06 samuel not scary horror but ugly & sick - violence porn 1 stars
8/04/06 Agent Sands Scary moments, but for a true story it has one terrible script. 3 stars
8/03/06 pete.chesworth does not pull any punches very brutal 4 stars
7/29/06 daveyt ok, seemed to run out of time for a good ending...? 3 stars
7/23/06 Samuel Very much horror!! Very real! Very horrifying!!! 5 stars
7/15/06 JeromeBosch Vile and disgusting garbage, Horror, I think not! 1 stars
6/23/06 ali it was a asome show it was the best i have ever seen 5 stars
6/13/06 Tasia I thought this movie was ok...it's boring up until the end 3 stars
6/05/06 malcolm such potential but just f-ing boring 2 stars
6/04/06 katie Truly scary, a must see for any horror fan. 5 stars
6/04/06 William Goss Just falls short of a solid road trip movie, then just short of truly bleak horror. 2 stars
5/11/06 Indrid Cold There's a memorable moment when the audience's trust is brutally violated. Otherwise, meh. 3 stars
4/14/06 gfh like Tiff said, unwitnessed, but okay suspense in parts 2 stars
4/13/06 sherrysfunstuff AMAZING shots! pretty hohum devils rejects..true story????? 2 stars
4/05/06 c amazing, realistic and overall the best film of 2005 5 stars
4/05/06 anthonyuk a very disturbing and nasty last 30 mins! not for the fainthearted. 4 stars
2/28/06 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne "Based on true story" but is unwitnessed speculation; a fraud essentially. 2 stars
2/13/06 Danny Utter crap, all the hipe about being a great horror movie, it wasn't scary at all. RUBBISH 1 stars
2/09/06 Alice One of the better horrors in this style 4 stars
1/26/06 Reklc Not bad, could be more realistic though. 4 stars
1/10/06 Mansi Dido Okay, although I have seen better. 3 stars
1/02/06 Zaw WTF Rednecks gone world wide! even in OZ they got rednecks like Texas Chain Saw! 4 stars
1/02/06 Roy Smith Read brianorndorf review. More boring than ANYTHING in 2005! Total garbage! 1 stars
12/31/05 y2mckay The Crocodile Dundee Breakdown Massacre 3 stars
12/31/05 Evil Wolfie So friggin boring, and i mean the parts with the killing, too. 2 stars
12/30/05 Agent Sands I mean, it gets tense. 4 stars
12/28/05 elvyn waist of time,very bad movie,no facts, pure crap, want my money back, worst movie this yr!! 1 stars
12/28/05 misty want my money bacck.movie was total crap.worst movie i have ever seen 1 stars
12/27/05 Matt Critics should research the Milat murders before reviewing. 4 stars
12/27/05 Corey M I want my $8.50 back! 1 stars
12/27/05 Nick Jones I left the theater wanting a refund and an explainion of why the movie was made 1 stars
12/26/05 Lana ITS DISGUSTING/HORRIBLE 1 stars
12/26/05 phil total crap,waste of time and money 1 stars
12/25/05 bill i hate this fucking move you could not play me to see it fro the 2 time 1 stars
12/25/05 Bo Bo Almost walked after 5 minutes 2 stars
12/25/05 lee Pure evil 5 stars
12/25/05 Dom Exploitive trash 1 stars
12/24/05 Croweater888 Try researching Peter Falconia and the backpacker murders you moron American reviewers! 4 stars
12/22/05 Jason Familiar horror elements in (for some of us) a familiar landscape, still scared me sh**less 5 stars
12/22/05 Manntis "Australia’s most baron landscapes"?? Learn to spell, reporter boy. 4 stars
12/19/05 Bleak This is the worst review i've read. Great Flick 4 stars
12/02/05 nikita nice camera shots, the murders were shocking though! 4 stars
11/30/05 Ron If payigng $10 to see women slowly tortured to death makes you happy, see a shrink instead. 1 stars
11/29/05 danni awsome 5 stars
11/29/05 glenn well developed characters, pace, suspense & shock... pure magic! 5 stars
11/29/05 alphred scary as hell 5 stars
11/27/05 Nathan Brilliant 5 stars
11/22/05 holly brookes i loved every minute of it. 5 stars
11/14/05 carl awesome 5 stars
11/09/05 Leonora realy well acted, terrifying 5 stars
11/07/05 Peter Blackman The emporers new clothes! Wake up people, this is boring, predictable, cliched rubbish! 1 stars
11/05/05 Bill James A boring, disjointed mimic of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre outback style. 1 stars
11/03/05 Truganini Heinous, malevolent, traumatic - and absolutely incredib;e 5 stars
11/03/05 aaron mcloughlin i don't feel that the writer is adept with the genre but is cashing in on the hype 1 stars
11/03/05 Joanna Chilled me- I recently went up to the Pilbura. The open desolate roads are creepy as it is 4 stars
11/03/05 sophie this film was great, and weird, one to watch again. 5 stars
11/02/05 craig possibly believable, but isnt 4 stars
10/30/05 Josh Mason Brutal and Amazing 5 stars
10/29/05 smiti This movie is more true then the reviewer above liked to believe. Great movie. 5 stars
10/29/05 peter it is all true plausable, not as a movie but as what does happen in the outback 5 stars
10/28/05 john bale Good example of genre, Jarratt relishes heavy attack of the crazies. Disturbingly graphic 4 stars
10/28/05 Dan Characters do stupid things but its quite scary 4 stars
10/27/05 Gizz Disturbing. Has turned me off ever travelling around Australia. 4 stars
10/25/05 chris fox (the god) fair 3 stars
10/22/05 Starlet Silver Briliant filt 5 stars
10/02/05 Gav 12-15 year old horror movie. Seen it all before could actually guess everything. 2 stars
9/22/05 Seth Horrible junk 1 stars
9/21/05 Ed Shocking, no eye witnesess, and beging could have been squeezed into 10 mins!pitiful effort 2 stars
9/19/05 Jen The fact that it's based on real events and the horrific violence make an excellent mix! 5 stars
9/18/05 stephen green its put me off west australia 5 stars
9/17/05 Sarah Hewitt Gripping to the deadly end! 5 stars
9/16/05 steve Grim, dark, gory tale, hope it didn't happen this way 5 stars
9/16/05 Sarah Although the film took a long time to tae off once it did it just left you terrified! 4 stars
7/23/05 Richard Watts Clever, but ultimately unsatisfying 3 stars
7/03/05 Jaye Fantastically horror! McGrath & Jarratt are back for Aussies! 5 stars
4/14/05 raquel Awesome!! Loved it!! Terrifying, what would you do in this situation?? 5 stars
3/23/05 Mark Legron "Wolf Creek", along with "Murder-Set-Pieces" are the BEST horror films in the last 20 years 5 stars
2/05/05 john j the worst film i saw at sundance 1 stars
1/31/05 captainporks A landmark in Australian cinematic development. This is genuinely terrifying horror flick. 5 stars
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