Wolf Creek – Australia, 2005 – reviews

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‘The thrill is in the hunt’

Wolf Creek is a 2005 independent Australian horror film written, co-produced and directed by Greg McLean. The movie stars John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi and Nathan Phillips.

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Plot teaser:

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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Wolf Creek was marketed as being “based on true events.” The abduction of British tourist Peter Falconio and the assault of his girlfriend Joanne Lees in July 2001 by Bradley John Murdoch in the Northern Territory are cited as influences. Murdoch’s trial was still under way at the time of the film’s initial release in Australia, and for this reason the Northern Territory court placed an injunction on the film’s release there in the belief that it could influence the outcome of the proceedings. Many are misled into thinking that the entire movie is based on a true story, when it only had many influences from other murders around Australia, like the Ivan Milat Backpacker Murders and the Peter Falconio murder case.

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On 30 September 2010, writer/director Greg McLean confirmed a sequel was in the works, again set in the Australian outback and featuring the character of Mick Taylor. Financial difficulties delayed the sequel which eventually emerged in 2013.

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Reviews:

“Delivering everything it promises, horror/thriller Wolf Creek boasts excellent naturalistic performances, a strong story and a good script, taut direction and excellent cinematography. It also pushes the envelope for Australian films with its occasionally graphic violence, but within context and never splashy.” Urban Cinefile

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“I like Wolf Creek, a lot. It’s not perfect, but its characters are likeable and genuinely funny (in a just-out-with-friends sort of way) and its last 59 minutes are some of the most relentless and scary I’ve ever seen. Slasher fans should definitely check it out.” Tera Kirk, Monsters at Play

“There is a line and this movie crosses it. I don’t know where the line is, but it’s way north of Wolf Creek There is a role for violence in film, but what the hell is the purpose of this sadistic celebration of pain and cruelty? The theaters are crowded right now with wonderful, thrilling, funny, warm-hearted, dramatic, artistic, inspiring, entertaining movies. If anyone you know says this is the one they want to see, my advice is: Don’t know that person no more.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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