Wolf Creek

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  • Summary: It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime in the Australian Outback -- full of fun, sun and adventure. But what happened to a trio of twenty-something backpackers took a wrenching detour into the depths of unrelenting terror. Based on true events, Wolf Creek is the haunting story ofIt was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime in the Australian Outback -- full of fun, sun and adventure. But what happened to a trio of twenty-something backpackers took a wrenching detour into the depths of unrelenting terror. Based on true events, Wolf Creek is the haunting story of their unthinkable ordeal -- a mounting white-knuckle nightmare so real it was destined to become horror legend. (Dimension Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. 100
    Every single performance is the result of a cast that has gone to the far reaches of acting ability and even exceeded them.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Essentially a worst-case-scenario white-knuckler executed with terrifically focused skill and realism.
  3. 75
    Director McLean doesn't let up on the suspense, which builds to an electrifying climax that is greatly abetted by Will Gibson's gritty cinematography and Francois Tetaz' nerves-inducing score.
  4. As horror movies go, this is a pretty good one.
  5. John Jarratt is perfectly creepy as the outback loner gone psychotic survivalist who gets his kicks from the systematic degradation and torture of hapless victims. And make no mistake, the ordeal is excruciating.
  6. The ambitions are so paltry that our response should be too: Wolf Creek is unimaginative, light on the grue and heavy on the faux-serious desperation.
  7. 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?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 61
  2. Negative: 22 out of 61
  1. GrantZ
    Aug 24, 2009
    10
    Ignore the reviews that don't give this 8 and above. These people are idiots. They complain that the movie is sick and depraved. Ignore the reviews that don't give this 8 and above. These people are idiots. They complain that the movie is sick and depraved. It's meant to be, did you walk into the cinema expecting bloody THE HAPPIEST LITTLE ELF. The film is epic, and real creepy, and because of it, it's inspired me and my friends to go their after our GCSE's to film a documentary on it. It really is that good. Expand
  2. TimL.
    Dec 27, 2005
    10
    Horror Masterpiece. Disturbing and terrifying in equal measure. Not to be confused with your cheesy (and in many ways more disgusting) Horror Masterpiece. Disturbing and terrifying in equal measure. Not to be confused with your cheesy (and in many ways more disgusting) kill-for-a-laugh flicks, this looks at the darker side of human nature in an uncompromising fashion. Expand
  3. Tyson
    Apr 7, 2006
    9
    This movie was not enjoyable and & left me with some pretty twisted images to shake off after leaving the cinema. However that is precisely This movie was not enjoyable and & left me with some pretty twisted images to shake off after leaving the cinema. However that is precisely the movie's strength. It is baffling to me why when at last a movie is released that is *actually* scary, critics cry murder. The main criticisms of "Wolf Creek" are it's lack of pace, a sense of misogyny, it's explicitness blah blah blah. However these criticisms are born of matching it with the tired American horror precedents and Hollywood formula in general. Most mainstream audiences are obviously not used to generous character development and are spoonfed movies with constantly oscilating peaks and troughs. The criticism that 2 of the 3 protagonists were women is ridiculous: one out of three, two out of three - it's not worth discussing. Criticism here ignores the fact that the movie is based on a real killer Ivan Milat who murdered 7 people, 5 of which were women. If this were an American horror flick, all 7 would have featured and a whole heap of other appealing youths who managed to get away. "Wolf Creek" is brutal and caution should be applied. This being said if you want to be truely scared by a movie that is fresh and un-cliched - jump right in. Expand
  4. SteveA.
    Apr 20, 2006
    6
    For a low budget movie this was done extremely well. The acting, in particular, was incredibly realistic. The setting was also spooky. For a low budget movie this was done extremely well. The acting, in particular, was incredibly realistic. The setting was also spooky. Furthermore, there was this constant feeling of dread, even at the slow beginning. Unfortunately, there were a lot of things I didn't like about this movie. For one, there wasn't much of a movie here. [***SPOILERS***] It felt like a 30 minute movie stretched out to two hours--basically a lot of running from the bad guy, like in the Chainsaw remake. Secondly, the gore was overhyped by the press, and the stuff about it being a real story and a "hunt" movie were a scam. There was really only one sick scene, devoid of blood (it's very cruel, though). Also, he wasn't hunting them: he was just chasing after them because they had escaped. Third, I found this to be an extremely creepy movie...until we finally meet the bad guy, and he's this big, old, goofy SOB who looks and acts more like the Skipper from Gilligan's Island than Hannibal Lector. I guess this is realistic (since he had to be the kind of person who people could trust and like). However, it just made the movie less scary to me. Fourth, I was confused by the scene where she wakes up in the morning, cuts off her rope, and walks out in the night (must have been some bad editing). Furthermore, I found it ridiculous that the girls would go through so much trouble looking for a vehicle, only to purposely drive it off of a cliff. Expand
  5. MaxS.
    Nov 27, 2006
    4
    Pretty scary movie that starts slowly and then turns torturous after a long while. I do not want to go to Australia after seeing this movie.
  6. billh.
    Jan 6, 2006
    2
    The only part of horror in this movie is the word horrible... DO NOT RECOMMEND.
  7. KatieR.
    Dec 31, 2005
    0
    I regret going to see this movie. It was so boring, and took a long time before the action started. It's not even scary. Wolf Creek is I regret going to see this movie. It was so boring, and took a long time before the action started. It's not even scary. Wolf Creek is nothing compared to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Save your money and don't go and see it. Expand

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