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Wolf Creek (2005)

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Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

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Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)

Writer:

Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Jarratt ... Mick Taylor
Cassandra Magrath ... Liz Hunter
Kestie Morassi ... Kristy Earl
Nathan Phillips ... Ben Mitchell
Gordon Poole Gordon Poole ... Old Man
Guy O'Donnell ... Car Salesman
Phil Stevenson Phil Stevenson ... Mechanic
Geoff Revell Geoff Revell ... Petrol Attendant
Andy McPhee ... Bazza
Aaron Sterns Aaron Sterns ... Bazza's Mate
Michael Moody Michael Moody ... Bazza's Old Mate
Andrew Reimer Andrew Reimer ... Flashback Dad
Vicki Reimer Vicki Reimer ... Flashback Mum
Isabella Reimer Isabella Reimer ... Flashback Girl
David Rock David Rock ... Irish Backpacker
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Storyline

Three backpackers travel into the Australian Outback only to find themselves stranded at Wolf Creek crater. Once there, they are encountered by a bushman, Mick Taylor, who offers them a ride back to his place. Little do the three know that their adventure into the Outback would be a complete nightmare after the backpackers find a way to escape.

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30,000 are reported missing in Australia every year. Some are never seen again. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Darclight Films | Kojo | See more »

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Cazador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,805,754, 25 December 2005

Gross USA:

$16,188,180

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,762,648
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite horror movies. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 15 mins) When Liz picks up the video camera, the sound of a tape ejecting is clearly heard before the video begins to play. See more »

Quotes

Liz Hunter: [screams as she points the gun at Mick] Get away from her!
[pause]
Liz Hunter: NOW!
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Crazy Credits

The producers would like to thank ... the people of Hawker, Port Augusta, Flinders Ranges and South Australia, ... Frank, Marie and the entire Mclean family See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was released on DVD in the United Sates in both a rated and an unrated version, with the unrated version running roughly five minutes longer than the rated version. Two new scenes were added to the unrated version (although both of these scenes are contained on the rated DVD as deleted scenes): See more »

Connections

Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Double the Bass
(2005)
Written by Justin Astbury and Rob Biancetti
Produced and Performed by SystemBot
Recorded © Timms Tunes/Digital Recordings
Under License from Digital Recordings 2004
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Something almost outside the universe of film
13 April 2006 | by morphion2See all my reviews

If you asked an average movie-goer why the like movies, the responses you'd get would be things like, "I like to laugh", or "I like good twist endings" . Or possibly, "What the hell kind of question is that?" What it all boils down to, though, is that we go to the movies to experience things above and beyond real life; a funny movie is funny because expert screenwriter worked for months on the jokes, a thriller is thrilling because professional directors shot and put together the film in a thrilling way. Real life, of course, never plays out like that... so we often seek entertainment, even comfort in imitation of real life that has a meaning, a point, a message. When films like "Wolf Creek" come along, however, the effect it has on most people is one of violation; no one, no matter what they say, goes to the movies to be traumatized.

What this means is you get "controversy". Critics like films to be thought-provoking, but there is something about this kind of brutality that, in Roger Ebert's words, "crosses the line". I think what lies at the heart of this is that this kind of film evolved from the genre "horror", and it is still put under that category, whereas in fact "Wolf Creek" is amongst a select few contemporary films to have taken "horror" so far that it has become something else entirely, something worse, something better, something almost outside the universe of film.

There have been examples of this in the past, from 1978's "I Spit On Your Grave" to 2006's infamous "Hostel", films that have called society's bluff on the extent to which a movie can take its audience on a ride. It is almost a new, neologistic use of the word 'film', like an infiltration, or hi-jacking of both the medium and the audience. Giving them more than they bargained for. Some of the bad reviews and harsh criticism of the film comes from judging it by the same standards and measures as other, normal films. "Wolf Creek" is not one of these, it is a deeply disturbing imposition on a somewhat unsuspecting audience that, like it or not, is extremely effective.

Of course the issue of whether this makes for good entertainment is debatable. Teenagers will probably love "Wolf Creek", now that it's out on DVD where they can access it no hassles. There are probably some old school "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" fans who saw something special in this. And it certainly shows a diversity to the Australian film industry, which has never before produced anything this nightmarishly brutal. But I would, regardless, not be the least bit surprised if this movie is seen as one of the definitive instalments in a new, darker, dare-devil type of film.


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