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Wolf Creek (2005)

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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Cast

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Gordon Poole ...
Old Man
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Car Salesman
Phil Stevenson ...
Mechanic
Geoff Revell ...
Petrol Attendant
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Bazza
Aaron Sterns ...
Bazza's Mate
Michael Moody ...
Bazza's Old Mate
Andrew Reimer ...
Flashback Dad
Vicki Reimer ...
Flashback Mum
Isabella Reimer ...
Flashback Girl
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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How can you be found when no-one knows you're missing? See more »

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Horror

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$244,306 (Australia), 28 October 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,908,206, 25 December 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,188,180

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,762,648, 11 September 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the two films that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon their release in 2005, along with Alone in the Dark (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 has Mick at gunpoint]
Mick Taylor: Now Lizzy... A rifle in the wrong hands can be you know, really dangerous. So, GIVE ME THE FUCKING...
[Liz shoots him]
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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 »

Connections

References Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine
(1999)
Written by Ben Nash (as B. Nash)
Performed by 78 Saab
(Ivy League Music/Mushroom Music Publishing)
Courtesy of Ivy League Records/Slanted Recordings
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Unrelenting, actually frightening
10 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Wolf Creek is a fine example of a rare breed nowadays: a horror film that pulls no punches and makes no apologies for frightening and unnerving the audience.

Three young people are hiking in the Australian Outback when they're unlucky enough to meet Mick Taylor (played brilliantly by John Jarratt), one of the most twisted psychopaths to grace the big screen in years. Mick is a guy who did some hunting at one time, is pretty good with a rifle, and is a survivalist with some possible military training... we're not really sure of much else. All we know is that at some point he took up hunting people for his own amusement and found out he was quite good at it.

What makes this film frightening is how realistic and plausible the story is. Mick seems like a demon that could actually exist in the real world. He's not a super-genius serial killer always toying with the cops. He doesn't kill to fulfill some grandiose plan or message. He doesn't kill his victims in elaborate, unlikely scenarios or games. Rather, he's a pure sadist who just seems to enjoy watching pain, suffering and death. It's that simple. It doesn't take much imagination to realize, in the the middle of the Outback, it would be quite easy for a psycho like Mick to operate for a long time and never get caught.

Wolf Creek is brutally violent and unflinchingly realistic. It never gives the audience time to catch their breath or to feel any hope. This movie is not for everyone. It leaves you unsettled and feeling uneasy. This is only for real horror fans who desire a scare that will stick with them long after the movie ends.


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