Having only just found out about this second addition to the Australian Horror film “Wolf Creek”, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on the film, and viewers, you’re in for a treat with this one! “Wolf Creek 2”, 2014, has a lot to offer, even more than the first one.
He’s baaaack! Mick Taylor (John Jarratt), the one guy you don’t want to find yourself in a staring contest with, is back and ready to play some games. From the film’s start we see two very bored police officers finally find a guy (Mick of course!) to pull over, “claiming” he was going over 100 mph. Needless to say, they picked the wrong guy to mess with. The films main plot starts off with two hitchhikers, Rutger and Katrina. Mick fancies Katrina, and kidnaps her. She is able to escape thanks to the help of a passerby, Paul (Ryan Corr) who picks her up. If only he had kept driving…
Evaluation: My first thought as I was watching the film, was how much I loved the increased action. More running and car chasing than the first film for sure. And of course, new forms of battle, torture, killing, and eerie depictions. Is it violent? Yeah, it’s violent, gruesome, intense, horrifying, and yet somehow they also managed to make it funny. Though some of you may disagree, and perhaps it’s my sick sense of humor, but I’m very fond of Mick’s sick and self pleasing sense of humor. I liked it in the first film, and it was even funnier in this one. His little jokes and phrases he uses, always have him (and me) laughing.
Mick’s personality is what makes this movie. How many slasher films have we already seen? In many such movies we don’t even see the killers face! But not with this film. We get to know Mick and what kind of a man he really is. We know he hates tourists, has a sick sense of humor, isn’t bothered in the slightest by killing people or chopping them up, and even more, he seems to get one hell of a thrill out of chasing people down and using them as his entertainment.
But I can’t give all the credit to just one character, because Mick came across a very smart victim in this movie. Paul gives him a run for his money like no one else ever could. Paul was more than just some dumb tourist who is always running in the wrong direction and making those absolutely stupid mistakes that we see typical victims make. Oh no, Paul is smart, and that is clearly depicted.
As a final note, I have to say that the music played a big part in this. I know, music in a horror movie? Usually it’s the gloomy, dark sounding, repetitive music that we are hearing in the background, but not with this one. Here we get to listen to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” as Paul is being chased by Mick and little Kangaroos are being sacrificed all over the place. (A very funny scene if you can handle animal death. I know. I’m sick) And my favorite was the use of the song “The Blue Danube”. For those of you who don’t know, this is a waltz, typically being associated with people dancing or waltzing. NOT HERE! For this movie it’s associated with a shotgun to the back! I love the irony.
Total Abstract Rating: 90% (Rounded up) “Wolf Creek 2” did something that many sequels can’t…It beat the original film.
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