Wolf Creek (2005)



Critic Consensus: Though Wolf Creek is effectively horrific, it is still tasteless exploitation.

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A dream vacation turns into a nightmare in this taut thriller from Australia. Ben (Nathan Phillips), Lizzie (Cassandra Magrath), and Kristy (Kestie Morassi) are three friends who, after a night of celebratory drinking, hit the road for a trip to Wolf Creek National Park, where they plan to spend a week hiking and surfing. The three friends are happy to be spending time together, especially after Ben makes the happy discovery that Lizzie is as infatuated with him as he is with her. However, after a long day on foot, Ben, Lizzie, and Kristy make the unpleasant discovery that their car's battery is dead, leaving them stuck in the middle of nowhere. Help arrives in the form of Mick (John Jarratt), a burly but good-natured outdoorsman who happens upon them; Mick tells them that he can fix their car, and offers to give them a ride to his place down the road. Grateful but a bit nervous around the gregarious stranger, Ben, Lizzie, and Kristy offer Mick a wealth of thanks for his help, and give him some money for his troubles before they fall asleep around the campfire. The next morning, the travelers find themselves bound, gagged, drugged, and separated from one another, and they realize Mick is not the good Samaritan they imagined. Wolf Creek was the first feature film from writer and director Greg McLean. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
R (for strong gruesome violence, and for language.)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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John Jarratt
as Mick Taylor
Cassandra Magrath
as Liz Hunter
Kestie Morassi
as Kristy Earl
Nathan Phillips
as Ben Mitchell
Gordon Poole
as Old Man
Guy O'Donnell
as Car Salesman
Phil Stevenson
as Mechanic
Geoff Revell
as Petrol Attendant
Andy McPhee
as Bazza
Aaron Sterns
as Bazza's Old Mate
Michael Moody
as Bazza's Dad
Andrew Reimer
as Flashback Dad
Vicki Reimer
as Flashback Mum
Isabella Reimer
as Flashback Girl
David Rock
as Irish Backpacker
Jenny Starvall
as Swedish Backpacker
Guy Petersen
as Swedish Backpacker
Paul Curran
as Pool Party Person
Christian McMillian
as Pool Party Person
Sean Gannon
as Pool Party Person
Darren Humphreys
as Detective
Peter Alchin
as Police Officer
Rory Walker
as Roadhouse Guy
Jon Blaike
as Roadhouse Guy
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Critic Reviews for Wolf Creek

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (29)

An unusually crisp and boldly shot Texas Chainsaw Massacre knockoff.

Full Review… | January 4, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

What Wolf Creek offers is a competently made horror excursion with an unfortunate reliance upon clichés balanced off by some legitimate shocks.

Full Review… | January 2, 2006
Top Critic

It's a depressing exercise in just mutilation and torture.

December 28, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
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It's not your typical holiday attraction, but it should lift the spirits of horror devotees, if no one else.

December 27, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Wolf Creek is wicked and witless -- cruel for the sake of cruelty.

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

There's no substitute for bad taste. And this one has it double-barreled, both in the timing of its release and as a movie, one said to be loosely based on fact.

Full Review… | December 25, 2005
USA Today
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With a promising start which builds up slowly 'Wolf Creek' had some potential, unfortunately it completely wimps out. Three friends go on vacation and shortly run into trouble while in the Australian outback when their car randomly breaks down along with their watches, with nothing to do but wait the team eventually stumbles upon a stranger in the desert and turn to him for help fixing their car. What they don't know is that said stranger isn't as nice as he first comes across. The best part of 'Wolf Creek' is undoubtedly the development, it sets up characters nicely and even introduces a romantic sub-plot. Sadly, however, all the hard work put into the first half amounts to nothing, as the film quickly desends into an average slasher movie and the first half is completely forgotten. The characters become just a tool for the violence and the romanticism is never mentioned again. If you enjoy playing 'Where's Wally' with film cliches check this out, it has every one in the slasher book, such a shame after the beginining. The soundtrack was alright though.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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This movie was so incredibly slow. It's not even like they were developing the characters more in the first hour they were just camping and talking and chilling and walking around. I literally fell asleep. I woke up and it was the next day. I had to go back and finish it. It was really slow and pointless the first hour. Yeah it was 1 motherfucking hour of bullshit where nothing interesting happened at all. Then when things started getting interesting, it was just cliche after cliche of predictable bullshit. So yeah the bullshit continued well past the first hour. The characters running around screaming getting tortured. Then the girl doesn't double tap the mad man she just shot, she just runs away and leaves a weapon right beside him. Smart move, very smart move. Then stealing his truck and crashing into the building, nice job, nice job. Then taking one of her friends and leaving the other one behind nailed to a post, that was very sweet of her. It's a seen it before movie. Even if it was loosely based off of a true story, the movie is not believable in the slightest. I thought this movie was going to be good when I saw it, but OMG it was pretty bad. The acting wasn't too bad, it's just the illogical impulsive decisions made by the characters and the outrageous action of the film that made it suck. The ending didn't make any sense also. Why was Ben even in the mine? Why wasn't he with the girls? What the fuck was that rottweiler doing there? Where did it even come from? It was so weird.

Japes .
Japes .

Super Reviewer


A vacation to the beautiful Australian outback goes terribly wrong once it is visited by horror's smiling answer to Crocodile Dundee. What possibly could go wrong out in the desolate wastes, miles from nowhere? Well ... people disappear.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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