- Actors: John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Andy McPhee, Kestie Morassi, Guy Peterson
- Directors: Greg McLean
- Producers: Greg McLean, David Lightfoot
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Optimum Releasing
- DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000GG4SQA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,191 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Wolf Creek [DVD]
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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 ›
In rooting it all so firmly in normality, and some very naturalistic, non-'actory' performances from all of his cast, McLean makes this all feel horrifyingly close-up and possible, and the twisted normality of the villain and casual relaxed manner with which he inflicts horrifying events on the main characters makes it even harder to watch. Knowing that this was at least loosely based on a true story made it tough viewing for us, and a disturbing experience that will stick in the brain. A frightening protrait of appalling cruelty wrapped up in charm and normality.
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A wonderful study in insanity - that of the killer, played superbly by John Jarrett. It's not a gore-fest Hollywood style, but a sinister and desperately vile portrayal of a... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Arena42010
Not the classic some people say takes too long to get going but when does is ok a watchable low budget horrorPublished 1 month ago by Pen Name
Wolf creek is one I go back to time and time again for a good authentic scare.
It tells the story of a couple of backpackers who meet a local man after their car breaks... Read more
if this is Australia I'm never going there. I doubt if this film would meet with much approval from their Tourist board whether it's true or not. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer