#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman, who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive.
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Just when you thought it was safe to go hiking in the bushes again…along comes Mick Taylor. Kristy, Ben and Liz are three pals in their twenties who set out to hike through the scenic Wolf Creek National Park in the Australian Outback. The trouble begins when they get back only to find that their car won’t start. The trio think they have a way out when they run into a local bushman named Mick Taylor. Wait until you get a load of what Mick has in store for them. Their troubles have just begun.
I could tell you – but then I’d have to kill you!
Three young travellers are making their way across the Australian outback in search of Wolf Creek, a mystical site where a meteorite struck and created a crater. After achieving their mission they endure car trouble and fearing that they are stuck in the middle of nowhere, they are relieved when help comes in the form of big Mick. At first he’s a likable sort of man, but then Mick starts to show signs of strangeness as the evening progresses, and then the travellers fall asleep…
Directed and written by Greg McLean, this Australian film opens with the ominous warning that it is based on real events. Clearly intent on grabbing the viewer by the throat with its raw and real feel, it should be noted however that the film is actually an amalgamation of ideas drawn from real Oz killers like “Bradley John Murdoch” and “John Bunting”. Casting aside the film’s boast of real life credentials, the question hangs on if it’s actually any good?.
McLean has crafted a genuinely unsettling picture, one that upon theatrical release didn’t in truth live up to the hyperbole that was so boisterously marketed back in 2005. Now that the furore has long since passed and the tag-lines running about “A new dawn in terror” and that the “Reality is here” have since faded away from memory, what is actually left to sample?.
McLean’s film builds up nicely by letting us get to know our three soon to be troubled protagonists. Then it’s enter Mick Taylor from outback stage right, and here is a larger than life bogeyman and one of the modern eras better, and yes, scarier creations. Taylor, excellently portrayed by John Jarratt, debunks the myth of the chirpy Aussie bushman, becoming the polar opposite to “Crocodile Dundee” (given a mention in one particular uneasy exchange). Then the terror starts, grim violence and unnerving dialogue seamlessly blends together, all shot in a docu-style on Hi-Def DV.
However, with this narrative trajectory, where the usual formula escape attempts begin to arise, comes the exasperation that so often blights the horror genre. One particular opportunity that lands at Liz Hunter’s feet, an opportunity that any sane person in the world would have taken, beggars belief, but then I guess if common sense ruled there would be no post script at the end – which is a post script that blatantly wants us to believe that what we have just watched really happened…
The last quarter is a touch rushed, and that’s a shame since we have spent so much time in the company of the three actually likable and believable youths. It rather feels like a quick horror fix than the intended protracted line in terror that Mclean and co were going for. Nevertheless, it does actually work, and crucially it does frighten and hold the utmost attention.
The performances are strong, dodgy British accents aside, with the girls (Cassandra Magrath & Kestie Morassi) in particular convincing as being truly terrified. While the piece is, surprisingly in context of the material, beautiful at times. Red sunsets and the crisp dusky desert come vividly out the screen thanks to Will Gibson’s excellent photography. Wolf Creek will not and can’t hold up on repeat viewings, but it is still an effective entry in the horror genre, and with Jarratt’s Mick Taylor there is a character that’s unlikely to be forgotten in a hurry. 7/10
The Australian Outback Never Looked so Creepy and Forlorn
When one thinks of horror films, one generally does not associate Australia with horror. Sure, they have had a few, but most genre fans think of England, Italy, and, of late, Japan. This film, made on a minuscule budget, is effectively creepy, imaginatively convincing, and just plain terrifying to many degrees. It is not a complete film by any stretch, but when one looks at the small budget used and the effective use of the Australian outback as a setting for horror, Wolf Creek makes the grade as being a quality horror film. We have all seen variations of the story before: a group of people, out on vacation, are tricked, captured, and tortured by a crazy man living in the middle of nowhere under his own code of ethics and what he believes is right and wrong. There really are a lot of similarities with this and movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, and countless other films, but all of those films have not used setting so effectively and created one of the films more modern truly despicable villains. Mick Taylor, the stereotypical Aussie in American minds, is a terrifying parody of outward Aussie charm with a perverse, psychotic, twisted inward mental persona capable of some of the most disgusting acts. Actor John Jarratt does a good job playing such a vile man – he made my skin crawl every time he was on screen in the second half of the picture. Wolf Creek moves at a fast pace – perhaps too fast at times, but we are able to invest some interest and care about the victims. I appreciate the ending and final scene, but I really wanted a more satisfying ending for closure. The film uses, what it says are true accounts, as the basis for the story and couches the film with such pieces of information at the beginning and end with missing people in Australia every year. This documentary device was also used in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre originally as well. So for me, Wolf Creek is effective in creating true, genuine horror although in many regards the film is very derivative. The change of locale to the vast, desolate Australian outback was wonderfully used. The tension throughout the film is like a roller-coaster ride. The acting is pretty good overall. The film has many distasteful images and will stay in your mind days after having viewed the film. That, to me, is a powerful horror film in some respect.
I was thrilled to see a movie like “Wolf Creek” come out in theatres: a straightforward horror film not relying on clever twists (except one, small one) or gimmicks. It was the kind of film “High Tension” started off as before that last act mindf*ck. And while I ended up appreciating what that movie did, I would have loved it more without the twist.
“Wolf Creek” picks up where films like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Last House on the Left” left off, without feeling the need to necessarily “pay homage” to them. I wonder if the fact that it’s not American-made has anything to do with that. I also wonder if the non-American influence kept this from becoming predictable or familiar in any way. What you think is going to happen in this film never quite happens. One of the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” taglines was, “Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?” I think this film asks the same question, but doesn’t provide so simple an answer.
I think it’s best to know little about “what happens” here before seeing it. Most people know the basics–three backpackers on a road trip, they stop at remote Wolf Creek, entering an odd Twilight Zone of stopped time and dead car engines. A friendly bushman stops by willing to help, let the nightmare begin.
I love that director/writer/producer Greg McLean never offers an explanation for the watches and the car engine. What happens in this film seems almost alien–three humans struggling to survive on what appears like a distant, barren planet, up against a hunter with no semblance of humanity in him. Yes, this movie is very similar to “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” but it is in no way a rip-off. While the early-morning showdown on the barren road may look similar to the climax of TCM, it is its own nightmarish entity. In fact, some of the scene reminded me of “Duel.” The acting in this movie is brilliant. The three leads–Ben, Kristi, and Liz–are so wonderfully likable, and there is an odd feeling of improvisation in the acting. It’s so natural, it seems impossible to script. When everything goes to hell, you want all three of them to survive, and you’ll surely be devastated by the slightest injury any of them endures. Many have complained about the hour or so of build up, but I think it was brilliant on McLean’s part to make sure we cared about these people, and then to put them through the wringer. It’s sadistic, too, emotionally, but it’s the sign of a great director.
John Jarratt, as Mick, is unforgettably cruel. Jarratt embodies this character from head to toe, and is fearless in his performance. Mick is an ugly, cruel man, and yet when we first meet him, he seems like the nicest guy in the world. One of the scariest aspects to this film is that you can see yourself falling for all of his tricks.
To be honest, I never want to see “Wolf Creek” again. It’s not a fun movie. I left wanting to hate it, because I hated what happened. But I admire this movie for what it managed to do. I truly had to keep repeating to myself, “It’s only a movie,” (the infamous “Last House on the Left” tagline) but it’s so realistic and so unflinching in portraying what happens, that you’ll feel as if someone was always peeking around a corner with a camera, filming an actual event. Of course, this is based on true events, and frankly, there is some discrepancy to how “true” this film tries to be (obviously, much of the second act had to be dramatized, and you’ll realize why once you see the movie) but it didn’t need that “based on true events” tag. It’s already very real.
I hate to end on the old “Jaws” cliché, but as I am going to Australia soon, I can say for a fact that this does do for backpacking what “Jaws” did for swimming. I consider this movie a parable of sorts. Well done.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min), 1 hr 44 min (104 min) (unrated)
Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Greg McLean
Writer Greg McLean
Actors John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips
Awards 3 wins & 26 nominations.
Production Company Australian Film Finance Corporation, South Australian Film Corporation
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony HDW-F900
Film Length 2,700 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format Video (HDTV)
Cinematographic Process HDCAM
Printed Film Format 35 mm