I wish I liked "Wolf Creek" more than I do, but I cannot. Mick Taylor is truly a charismatic and inventive character unlike any other villain from the gaggle of other horror movies like this. Otherwise the film is dull, contrived, and ultimately a slave to its own shock factor (which wasn't even enough to keep me interested).
Downbeat and grim, but unlike what Ebert & others calling it a "'sadistic celebration of pain and cruelty', its protagonists are endearing and McLean captures humanistic emotion in the first half as expertly as he does the morbid nature of his antagonist. The film may be extremely hard to watch and leave one hopeless at the end, yet good horror is subversive in emotion. Hope is frankly for wussies in this genre.
Every traveller's nightmare come true....the helpful stranger who turns out to be anything but....no, it's not about a politician, but a backwoods loner with too much time/grime on his hands...."based" on a "true story"....one for your Halloween viewlist....
The antagonist's character development is paced perfectly. It's right in your face with what is about to happen yet you still don't see it coming. It parallels Anthony Perkins in the original Psycho for best horror actor of all time.
misogyny anyone ? we watch in detail and in extend scenes the brutal killing of the two female characters while the guy escapes pretty easily and is saved....apparently there's something in the Anglo-saxon colony gene pool that determines people to make cruel and rotten,rotten,rotten movies
an overlooked horror gem from the 00's that probably gets avoided because of the mainstream cliche shit factory that churns out a dozen or more of films like this a year but this one is actually creepy and it's cliched one-liners, setting, and characters actually wok for it and not against it. Plus it's Australian which adds a little exotic flare for me outside of American garbage horror
The first half is one of the greatest horror films you could hope to see. That this was pulled out of the millennial survival horror wreckage pile is a bit of a miracle. But the second half is just more of the same crap.