Hey horrorholics, remember Wolf Creek? Nope? It was an Aussie indie horror film that came out all the way back in 2005 about some backpackers who got held by a serial killer in the Australian outback. It was a chilling story made all the more so by the fact it was based on true events. Check it out below to jog your memory:
It divided critics and audiences - you either loved it, or you found the fact that it used a horrifying true story for entertainment purposes incredibly offensive - that or the film's markedly distasteful treatment of its female characters.
Roger Ebert said of Wolf Creek, "It is a film with one clear purpose: To establish the commercial credentials of its director by showing his skill at depicting the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women ... I wanted to walk out of the theatre and keep on walking". He gave the film zero stars. The Seattle Times critic Moira Macdonald said Wolf Creek was the first film she'd ever walked out on.
All the same, controversy aside, the film was a commercial success, grossing over $27 million.
The sequel's just around the corner - if you haven't heard about it yet, here's the (oddly garbled) official synopsis of the follow up:
Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes an horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet: Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).
As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white-knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.
So far, the sequel's only set for an Australian release at the moment. Perhaps a good excuse for a quick trip Down Under?
Wolf Creek 2 will be in Australian theaters 20 February 2014.