Film Review: Wolf Creek 2

| February 22, 2014

 

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Words by Jo McTavish

Director: Greg Mclean
Screenplay: Greg Mclean, Aaron Sterns
Cast:  John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn
Synopsis: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor.

IN 2005, Greg Mclean traumatized audiences around the country, delivering a chilling tale about the Australian outback and the dangers that live within it. This was not a story about kangaroos running into your car or dangerous snakes, it was the story of a notorious pig killer who preyed on tourists and drained their blood as torture.  After seven years, one of Australia’s hidden horrors, Mick Taylor, is back to terrorize the innocent visitors of Wolf Creek.

I was so proud that a chilling film like this came from our shores and the fact that it hit international territory, made it even more impressive. Director Greg Mclean, after years of waiting, has finally brought back Mick in the story of two tourists who travel to the outback, just like the first, to discover the stark and majestic lands of Australia. When everything seems to be going fine, they meet Mick, who terrorizes them in what ends up being a game of unexpected horror that no one would ever desire.

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Mclean took a risk, making another film about the iconic Aussie killer, but in his defence he pulled it off, and made it every minute worth it. The story gets right into it, as we already know whom Mick is, so we are pretty much just waiting for the blood bath to start. What I loved about the story and characters is you just don’t see where it is going; they managed to make you believe it was two people’s chronicle and then it goes a completely unexpected way. After about 45 minutes into the narrative, the film really begins, as a game of cat and mouse goes on, right up until the last 20 minutes, which is the most intense part of the film.  Mclean has certainly made another solid story for Mick and a worthy addition to the film catalogue of Australia.

John Jarratt, who plays the terrorizing Mick Taylor, brings no penitence in this second coming. He is a true blue Aussie, who loves his country and killing the tourists who visit it. John who delivered a knock out performance in the first, once again brings the goods as he really develops the character of Mick, allowing the audience to see a lot more of his antics. This time he is completely off the chain, with blood spilling everywhere and no room for little games. The scenes are full intense action, including a chase with a truck, kangaroos getting splattered and fingers being sawed off. Jarratt, really invested his time to deliver this role and it shows, as much as I praise him for it, I must say this character is a sick, racist bastard.

Ryan Corr, a rising actor who plays a British tourist, comes in around half way. His story is very unlucky as he is there to help but is dragged into a game with Mick, which leads to him becoming the target. Corr, delivers a real authentic portrayal of a tourist or anyone who would be in this situation. Fear, survival and humor are all present and between Mick and him, there are some great scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Greg Mclean also did  another great job, at capturing the Australian outback. The cinematography was superb and score was perfect. This all made this one hell of a ride and included some great special effects to make you want to turn your head. Even though this is a horror story, you still get to appreciate the beautiful lands we have in this country.

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Wolf Creek 2 is another great horror story that proves that no matter where you are, there are people like Mick, that do wrong. Taylor has now become a Horror icon, and I look forward to any further stories we have with him. If you loved the first or simply enjoy a decent horror film then this will not disappoint. If you are a fan of the Australian outback, the outcome may be no what you love. Take your pick, but I highly recommend a view.

MM 7/10

Read our interview with John Jarratt here.

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