"Wolf Creek 2 is happening, you guys," is something we've heard for years now. Seven years, to be exact. But THIS time, the filmmakers mean it. There's even a set pic of director with star himself, back in the role of outback killer Mick Taylor:
See? Told you it was finally happening.
You might be wondering why Australia's highest-grossing adult-rated movie of all time didn't immediately get the green light for a sequel. The thing is, it did. The problem, as Mclean explained, wasn't with getting backers for the sequel, but with the story. The trick was "maintaining the logic and rules of the first movie [whilst ensuring] its link to reality and the true crime genre is never lost" (Some of you might remember the original film was loosely based on the real-life story of Peter Falconio, murdered Australian backpacker).
It's easy to churn out a movie that just focuses on the gore (Looking at you, Saw franchise). It's a far harder thing to create a character-driven film that rises above the usual slasher flick offerings, Mclean said:
I'm not really interested in gore and blood and stuff. I'm interested in why Mick Taylor connected with Australian audiences. It's not about being a horror film. It's because Mick is something else, something deep and dark in the Australian psyche.
From the synopsis:
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.
Mclean, part of the burgeoning "Splat Pack", is leading the wave of smart, low-budget but high-concept Australian horror films to be hitting our eyeballs here in the States in the next few years, including 's eagerly-anticipated Crawl.
In the meantime, check out its brand-spankin'-new poster:
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