Wolf Creek [Blu-ray]
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Thriller set in Australia about a dream vacation which turns into a nightmare. Ben (Nathan Phillips), Lizzie (Cassandra Magrath), and Kristy (Kestie Morassi) are three friends who, after a night of celebratory drinking, hit the road for a trip to Wolf Creek National Park, where they plan to spend a week hiking and surfing. The three friends are happy to be spending time together, especially after Ben makes the happy discovery that Lizzie is as infatuated with him as he is with her. However, after a long day on foot, Ben, Lizzie, and Kristy make the unpleasant discovery that their car's battery is dead, leaving them stuck in the middle of nowhere.
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And the late Roger Ebert gave it 0%. Not because it was a bad movie, he said, but due to its immorality and irresponsibility.
Mr Ebert, God bless him, has done many accurate and well-written reviews and some I did not agree with at all. This was one of the two reasons I can cite why I thought he could be a total ass sometimes.
The first was his infamous videogame qoute which states that no videogame can ever be art. As any gamer knows, there are already numerous masterpieces which can be called art. (Heavy Rain, Mass Effect etc.)
His Woif Creek review is the second.
Wolf Creek is a hard-hitting, no compromise, no punches-pulled gutpuncher of a movie without wallowing in gore and excess as some other movies do. There is actually very little gore here, aside from some old decaying corpses in the killer's killing room.
The brutality of this movie (which I do not recommend to sensitive souls) is due primarily to the acting which is uniformly brilliant.
I don't know if the cast is well-known in Australia, but they're definitely not well-known elsewhere although John Jarrett (the killer) is becoming more and more well-known. He even had a cameo role in Tarantino's Django Unchained.
They are first class, though. They sell the terror and panic of the characters and it makes the whole thing nauseatingly realistic.
It is hard to watch the screen when Jarrett is torturing one of the leading ladies in his killing room. Not physically torturing, mentally. Not a drop of blood is spilt. Because of the acting.
The movie is also very downbeat and depressing, well the second half is.Read more ›
Now almost fourteen years later we have a movie that purports to be loosely based on those murders, and whether it should have been made at all is up to the reviewer to decide. Personally I think it's in bad taste, and is disrespectful, not only to the seven victims, but also to the victims' families. Aussie writer/director Greg McLean skewers the original real-life story, setting Woolf Creek in the wilds of the Western Australian desert where three unsuspecting backpackers come across a staggeringly evil Australian boogieman.
Liz (Cassandra Magrath), Kristy (Kestie Morassi) and Ben (Nathan Phillips) leave the tranquil coast of Broome Western Australia a beat-up jalopy after a pointless tequila and Smirnoff Ice binge and head inland, their goal being the Wolf Creek Crater, a giant, circular scar in the earth's crust, the resting place for an ancient meteorite. Their car conks out and their watches stop working when at the same moment help arrives in the form of friendly backwoods giant Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).
It's dark and cold and despite some ominous signs, they allow him to tow the car back to his place, an abandoned mining camp, where he starts to work on the repairs. But is Mick all that he seems?Read more ›
Watching the film you would never guess that the film was shot in just 5 weeks with a million dollar budget so you have to give immense credit to the film crew for making it look like an expensive picture. Shot in HD, Will Gibsons cinematography is superb with some beautiful shots of southern Australia. Many of the scenes were shot with handheld cameras and this aesthetic aproach lends the film a documentary feel that adds to the overall creepiness of the film. (I also love the colour of the film and and the music score is unsettling that reflects well the characters plight).
But for me, what makes this film stand out from more recent horror films is the strong acting which makes the film more believable. The three young leads are a great credit to this picture as their naturalistic performances made me sympathetic to their plight and I was rooting for them all through the film. But the actor who steals the film is John Jarrett for his portrayal of Mick Taylor. His character is engaging, friendly, creepy, funny and sinister and you will remember his performance long after the film has ended. (Also with his hat on in some scenes he echoes Freddy Kruegar). An excellent film then, with all the horror tropes in tact (young backpackers, desolate roads, creepy stranger etc) but carried out with a realism and panache that is both effective and chilling. Modern day horror films take note.
N.B According to Wikipedia Wolf Creek 2 is due out February next year with John Jarret reprising his role as Mick Taylor so that is something to look forward to. Thanks for reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Jarret is brilliant in this story and there is plenty of dark humour to counterpoint the awful gore and violencePublished 8 days ago by roe
Very very scary. If comparing to the texas chainsaw massacre as some have then this is definitely more scary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
YOU must watch this film first then go WOLF CREEK 2 AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It took me a while to get into this movie. Heavy on story and character building, the action doesn't really kick in until the second half. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DaydreamDebbie
I really enjoyed this. It builds fairly slowly at first, but that works well to get to feel for some quite well acted characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer