Wolf Creek (2005)

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How can you be found when no-one knows you’re missing?

Written and directed by Greg Mclean.

AKA

– Viagem ao Inferno (Wolf Creek – Journey to Hell)

El Cazador (The Hunter)

Based on actual events, the Australian Backpacker Murders.

Two British tourists, Liz Hunter (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy Earl (Kestie Morassi), are backpacking across Austrailia in 1999 with their Austrailian friend Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips). Ben buys a cheap car and picks up the girls and they all go to a pool party, later sleeping on the beach.

The locations in this film are breathtaking and beautifully shot.

They spend the night at Halls Creek and then stop briefly at a place called Emu Creek where they encounter some less than friendly locals. They then drive on to Wolf Creek Crater where they stop and take a walking trail to the huge meterorite crater there. Ben and Liz kiss.

When they get back to the car it won’t start, meaning they’ll have to spend the night there. They decide to spend the night in the car but then they see lights, another vehicle. The driver is a bushman called Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). He offers to tow them back to his camp and fix their car.

It’s a long journey. When they get there they sit around the campfire with Mick then Mick starts working on the car.

The next day Liz wakes up bound and gagged in a shed…

This is a serious horror film and exceptionally well-acted so expect an unsettling time. The delivery is calculated and cruel. John Jarratt’s Mick Taylor is a monstrous and delightful creation, that wonderful laugh, and there’s a chilling believability to events, I thought Kestie Morassi as Kristy was extremely effective in one scene but I won’t give away what happens. It has a good soundtrack with original music by Frank Tetaz. I would call it a modern classic; that, unfortunately, rare breed of horror film that stands out from the rest. No self-respecting horror fan should pass on Wolf Creek.

Can’t wait to see the sequel!

If you like Wolf Creek you might like:

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Hostel (2005)

The Loved Ones (2009)

Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

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