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Ian Jane
02-26-2013, 11:33 AM
OK, so the original didn't reinvent the wheel or anything but I liked it. It had a nasty streak to it that was pretty effective but wasn't without moments of effective black humor. Kind of a cool Australian slant on what would otherwise be maybe a fairly typical American backwoods slasher/hillbilly horror movie.

It did well enough that a sequel is in the works. And I'm ok with that.

An Australian newspaper called The Age (http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/movies/outback-serial-killer-takes-the-mickey-20130208-2e3zr.html#ixzz2Lyc9HsVY) has an article up on the movie from earlier this month (thanks to Bloody Disgusting for posting the link).

Greg McLean is directing, Mick Taylor is back.

"Mclean believes the first film resonated so much because there is a little bit of Mick Taylor in all of us, and the opportunity to explore that a little more was what drew him back.

''I'm not really interested in gore and blood and stuff,'' says the Melbourne-based director, whose second feature, the $25 million crocodile film Rogue, might suggest otherwise. ''I'm interested in why the character connected with Australian audiences. It's not about being a horror film - it's because Mick is about something else, something deep and dark in the Australian psyche.''

He might be right, but it is also likely that part of what made Wolf Creek so successful was that nobody expected such an accomplished piece of genre filmmaking from a first-time director. This time around, though, Mclean knows he is dealing not just with a much bigger budget - about $7 million - but also with a great weight of anticipation from the fans."

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Alex K.
02-26-2013, 12:32 PM
And it only took them about a decade for a sequel? Okay. I thought the original was good but it's tedious to sit through once you know who the killer is and it's all about waiting for the chaos to get into action. Good film just not very re-watchable.

Dom D
02-26-2013, 08:24 PM
"Mclean believes the first film resonated so much because there is a little bit of Mick Taylor in all of us, and the opportunity to explore that a little more was what drew him back.

''I'm not really interested in gore and blood and stuff,'' says the Melbourne-based director, whose second feature, the $25 million crocodile film Rogue, might suggest otherwise. ''I'm interested in why the character connected with Australian audiences. It's not about being a horror film - it's because Mick is about something else, something deep and dark in the Australian psyche.''


Didn't like the film much but just needed to say what a load of bollocks I think the above is. The film was a hit locally because it got mainstream distribution and was the most violent and unpleasant film in memory to do so. Audiences round these parts thought it was the most disgusting film ever made and thus a hit.

Ian Jane
02-27-2013, 10:51 AM
And it only took them about a decade for a sequel? Okay. I thought the original was good but it's tedious to sit through once you know who the killer is and it's all about waiting for the chaos to get into action.

I think that applies to at least 50% of horror movies though. But in all fairness, I haven't rewatched it since I got the DVD years ago.

And Dom... so what you're saying is that the secret to box office success in Australia is nasty gore? That doesn't sound so different from the US! ;)

Dom D
02-27-2013, 05:27 PM
And Dom... so what you're saying is that the secret to box office success in Australia is nasty gore? That doesn't sound so different from the US! ;)

I think it was more specific than that. I don't know what the reaction to the film was over there but it was our Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The nastiest movie of all time... apparently. I am kind of surprised it's taken this long for a sequel though.

Apronikoff
02-27-2013, 06:15 PM
I think it was more specific than that. I don't know what the reaction to the film was over there but it was our Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The nastiest movie of all time... apparently. I am kind of surprised it's taken this long for a sequel though.

It's interesting you make that analogy. Although I live in Ohio for work now, I'm a Texan (and always will be lol). For me (and most of the TX horror fans I've spoken to) Chainsaw has special place, not just because it's "nasty" but because there's something that resonates as "real" about it if you've spent much time in Texas. So when I read McClean's comment the first time, Chainsaw popped immediately to mind when I saw that phrase "something deep and dark in the Australian psyche."

Anyway, I know that has no bearing on why Wolf Creek (which I still haven't gotten around to seeing) was popular. Just thought it was interesting...

Dom D
02-27-2013, 08:38 PM
Possibly. There may be a difference here in that the Texas in Texas Chainsaw is relatable to Texans (I'm just assuming, never having been) but Wolf Creek exists in the desert. Most of Australia is desert but I've never actually seen it. That wouldn't be too unusual. This is one of the most urbanised countries on earth and the desert depicted in Aussie movies is as much a fairytale to us as it is to foriegners. Same goes for that kind of character. He's part of the Australian legend but almost all the people I know spend their days in suits.

Now the Matrix looks recognisable as the Australia I know.

Apronikoff
02-28-2013, 10:31 PM
Possibly. There may be a difference here in that the Texas in Texas Chainsaw is relatable to Texans (I'm just assuming, never having been) but Wolf Creek exists in the desert. Most of Australia is desert but I've never actually seen it. That wouldn't be too unusual. This is one of the most urbanised countries on earth and the desert depicted in Aussie movies is as much a fairytale to us as it is to foriegners. Same goes for that kind of character. He's part of the Australian legend but almost all the people I know spend their days in suits.

Now the Matrix looks recognisable as the Australia I know.

It's fascinating to hear that perspective. Despite the fact that my grandmother is Australian, most of my image of the country definitely comes from movies.

As far as Chainsaw goes... Although, like you say about Australia, most of us live in cities (I spent most of my life in and around Dallas) you can't go from one city to another with passing through some incredibly desolate landscape. So you'll be driving along and there will be just nothing and then all of a sudden you'll see some decrepit house on the horizon -- set way back from the highway -- and the Sawyer house is fairly typical of that "look". What's more, you have stop in some of those tiny towns sometimes and there can be such an oppressive sense of isolation that you get the sense that the people around are just a little "off" from what you're familiar with.

So, some people laugh when I talk about how "real" Chainsaw seems -- thinking I mean the cannibalism/chainsaw aspects to it. But most TX horror fans I've talked to can definitely relate to the sense that there are parts of the state that are still so wild and still so isolated that a family could just go twisted like that.

Ian Jane
03-01-2013, 09:56 AM
As far as Chainsaw goes... Although, like you say about Australia, most of us live in cities (I spent most of my life in and around Dallas) you can't go from one city to another with passing through some incredibly desolate landscape. So you'll be driving along and there will be just nothing and then all of a sudden you'll see some decrepit house on the horizon -- set way back from the highway -- and the Sawyer house is fairly typical of that "look". What's more, you have stop in some of those tiny towns sometimes and there can be such an oppressive sense of isolation that you get the sense that the people around are just a little "off" from what you're familiar with.

It's not just Texas though, you get that all over. Texas has the whole sandy/desert thing going on which makes it more desolate maybe but having grown up in Canada there are plenty of long stretches between cities featuring creepy houses set back from the road and I can remember as a kid just feeling that something was off and strange about places like that. One time in high school we went to explore one of them, an abandoned farm house that was rumored to have been the sight of a murder decades ago. The story was that you could go out there, get into the house and still see the blood all over the walls. So we drove out into the middle of nowhere with our VHS camcorders and started sneaking our way around - this was in broad daylight - and the owner of the property came around the corner with a shotgun drawn on us. He asked us what we were doing on his land, we told him why we'd come out there and asked if the story was true and he told us, without answering the question, to get off his property.

The weird thing is that there's no way the dude lived in the run down house, he had to have lived in the larger, more modern house on the same plot of land - which means he probably saw our car coming from the house he lived in, got his gun and wandered down to meet us, it wasn't a chance encounter with a shotgun wielding local yocal.

This has nothing to do with Wolf Creek or TCM but I guess in a way it ties into both in that those of us who have spent time in more rural areas can maybe relate to certain scenes in movies like this a little more?

Ian Jane
03-01-2013, 09:56 AM
Oh and I never did find out if anyone was actually killed in that house or if it was just an urban legend. When I drove by that place a couple of years ago when I was back visiting family, the old run down house had been torn down.

sukebanboy
03-24-2013, 11:22 AM
I dont think i ever caught WOLF CREEK.....Worth a watch?

Ian Jane
03-25-2013, 09:38 AM
I enjoyed it as a decent backwoods slasher. It's not the most original film in the world but I'd say if you like that type of thing that it's at least worth a rental.

sukebanboy
03-25-2013, 10:44 AM
Rental it will be then as I am a fan of the "backwoods slasher" kind of movies...as long as they are semi-well made!

Ian Jane
05-14-2013, 10:12 AM
This poster art made me giggle.

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Ian Jane
07-11-2013, 09:54 AM
From Twitch: (http://twitchfilm.com/2013/07/wolf-creek-2-promises-to-bring-more-scares-in-2014.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+%28Twitch%29 )

"Wolf Creek 2, sequel to the Australian horror film that achieved local box office success before going on to become something of an international phenomenon, will be released in Australian cinemas on February 20, 2014.

The film's director Greg Mclean made the announcement in front of excited fans at Melbourne's Oz Comic-Con. The original hit was released in 2005 and became the number one Australian film in that year and the highest grossing Australian R18+ film of all time. "

scottsanderson
07-11-2013, 10:38 PM
I saw the original a few years ago. It's a decent film, but certainly not my favourite. I'd say for most it's worth a watch, ultimately it's still pretty good and on par, if not better than most of those sort of films. Just not my thing.

If you want a really good Australian horror, I'd recommend something along the lines of 'Wake in Fright'.

Ian Jane
07-12-2013, 08:58 AM
Yeah, there's a thread about that one kicking around here somewhere. I've been meaning to see it but just haven't had time to catch up with it yet.

Ian Jane
10-21-2013, 09:10 AM
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Ian Jane
10-21-2013, 11:04 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy-THeJpdow

Ian Jane
11-11-2013, 10:31 AM
Image picked this one up for US distribution.

http://horrornews.net/79135/wolf-creek-2-coming-states/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

sukebanboy
11-16-2013, 11:27 AM
This poster art made me giggle.

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This poster art is a bit too similar in design to the EVIL DEAD one that wa sout a few months ago...

Ian Jane
11-16-2013, 04:36 PM
It is, but it's not surprising to see one company trying to cash in on the success of another.

Ian Jane
11-22-2013, 10:44 AM
Press release!

"From the Press Release:
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, acquires the horror thriller WOLF CREEK 2 at the 2013 American Film Market. Original helmer and writer Greg Mclean returns to the sequel along with John Jarratt, who plays the film’s original antagonist. Shannon Ashlyn, Ryan Corr, and Phillipe Klaus also co-star. The announcement was made today by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley.

WOLF CREEK 2 is scheduled for a 2014 release.

“We are thrilled to work with Greg Mclean on the follow-up to his superbly made first feature film,” says Bromiley. “Mick Taylor is one of the most sadistic characters I have seen on screen, and the sequel does not disappoint – it gets under the skin; we can’t wait to show horror fans!”

The sequel to the smash box office hit, WOLF CREEK 2 reunites viewers with the Australian Outback and the film’s murderous bushman. The Outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).

WOLF CREEK 2 is co-written by Greg Mclean and Aaron Sterns and produced by Helen Leake, Steve Topic, and Mclean.

The deal was negotiated by Mark Ward, Jess De Leo, and Bromiley on behalf of RLJ Entertainment, by Ben Weiss at Paradigm, and by Peter Nelson and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.

We should have more details on the release soon so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, Wolf Creek 2 is being distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films and will hit Australian theatres on February 20, 2014.

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. "

Ian Jane
02-10-2014, 11:00 AM
Not sure if this will be the case outside of Australia or not but Wolf Creek 2 is supposedly (http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=236557) going to be cut for a 15 rating in theaters and released 18+ on DVD/Blu.

Ian Jane
03-18-2014, 05:48 PM
Some gory and not so gory promotional stills from WC2 up at Dread Central today. (http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/74706/new-images-wolf-creek-2-all-bloodied?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#axzz2wLyCbsW4)

Ian Jane
03-25-2014, 03:42 PM
Bloody Disgusting gives WC2 4/5.

http://bloody-disgusting.com/reviews/3282541/bd-review-wolf-creek-2-insanely-fun-yet-grimy-and-vicious/

Ian Jane
03-27-2014, 09:13 AM
Aussie Blu-ray release slated for 6/25/14.

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/blu-ray/wolf-creek-2-r-rated-version-blu-ray-ultraviolet/dp/6150674

Alex K.
03-28-2014, 06:16 PM
I think that applies to at least 50% of horror movies though. But in all fairness, I haven't rewatched it since I got the DVD years ago.

And Dom... so what you're saying is that the secret to box office success in Australia is nasty gore? That doesn't sound so different from the US! ;)

I dunno, I could watch Black Christmas whenever for the most part. I guess that's because it doesn't take as long for the carnage to begin.

I find it admirable to take your time and build your characters and suspense, but you have to think about re-watch-ability.

Ian Jane
04-01-2014, 03:17 PM
Image picked this one up for US distribution.

http://horrornews.net/79135/wolf-creek-2-coming-states/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

And they're releasing it to DVD/Blu-ray on 6/24/14.

http://videoeta.com/movie/products.html?id=159600

Ian Jane
04-29-2014, 03:17 PM
Bloody Disgusting has a clip online here (http://bloody-disgusting.com/videos/3291132/proof-wolf-creek-2-incredible-clip/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=proof-wolf-creek-2-incredible-clip), says the movie is incredible.

That's probably hyperbole but I still wanna see it.

Ian Jane
05-06-2014, 09:49 AM
Cover art and extras for the Australian disc:

Directors Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Making of Wolf Creek 2 R18+ Only

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Source. (http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=236557&page=4)

sukebanboy
05-06-2014, 10:12 AM
Good reviews here...

http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/reviews/wolf-creek-2

http://aotdblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/frightfest-glasgow-2014-wolf-creek-2.html

http://www.cinesploitation.com/wolf-creek-2-2013-movie-review/

http://www.fangoria.com/new/wolf-creek-2-movie-review/

Although I am surprised they deceided to take a dip in the "horror comedy" genre for this follow up...but if it was godd enough for TEXAS CHAINSAW everything is ok...:funny:

Clive Smith
05-06-2014, 11:25 AM
I'm up for this. I thought John Jarratt made for a creepy baddy in the first.

Ian Jane
05-30-2014, 01:45 PM
US cover art.

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Ian Jane
06-12-2014, 09:32 AM
Cover art for the cut M15 Aussie Blu.

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Ian Jane
06-16-2014, 10:36 AM
First review I've seen for the US Blu-ray release here (http://blurayauthority.com/blu-ray/wolf-creek-2-blu-ray/).

Ian Jane
08-18-2014, 09:27 AM
UK release coming 9/15/14. (http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/77888/uk-returning-wolf-creek-september?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#axzz3AkXyNgei)

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Ian Jane
11-13-2014, 12:40 PM
"Available December 3rd, Wolf Creek 1 + 2 Blu Ray, complete with Mick Taylor Stubby Holder! in time for Chrissie! "

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Ian Jane
02-18-2015, 10:04 AM
Wolf Creek The Series coming soon...

http://brokehorrorfan.com/post/111329168527/i-thoroughly-enjoyed-wolf-creek-2-which-is

Ian Jane
08-01-2015, 02:05 PM
Noticed last night while skimming around that this is on Netflix now.

Ian Jane
10-22-2015, 09:00 PM
Dread Central, who have some of the most annoying fucking stupid fucking pop ups imaginable on their site, are reporting that Wolf Creek is getting a six part mini series for Australian TV.

You can read more about it, and experience those stupid fucking pop ups for yourself, here!

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/135093/wolf-creek-6-part-miniseries-underway-down-under-cast-announced/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Randy G
10-23-2015, 01:52 AM
Noticed last night while skimming around that this is on Netflix now.

Yeah, I saw one scene playing on cable but thought I'd watch it from the start, worth it?

Ian Jane
05-03-2016, 10:49 AM
There's a promo online, with Mick Taylor, for Wolf Creek The Series here (http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3389573/mick-taylor-carves-new-wolf-creek-promo/).

Ian Jane
05-13-2016, 10:46 AM
Trailer for the TV series currently going to 'Stan' which I understand to be an Australian streaming service.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=devWwSCw12A

Ian Jane
07-28-2016, 10:19 AM
Re: a US release of the TV series:

"Cable channel Pop will debut Wolf Creek, based on the cult horror movie franchise, as a six-part limited series Oct. 14. In conjunction with Lionsgate Television and Zodiak Rights (a Banijay Group company), Wolf Creek sees John Jarratt reprise his movie role as the murdering psychopath Mick Taylor in the Australian Outback."

More here. (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/programming/pop-slates-wolf-creek-horror-series/158401#.V5oDcQ8Hhcc.twitter)

Ian Jane
08-03-2016, 09:01 AM
New Announcement! WOLF CREEK, the complete first series of the slick and tense psychological drama as seen on Fox UK, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 6 October 2016.


Available to pre-order now on Amazon
DVD http://amzn.to/2araZ4S Blu-ray http://amzn.to/2arbmfW


Murderous psychopath Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) returns in Wolf Creek, an epic 6-part continuation of the international horror film sensation of the same name. Mick stills prowls the Australian Outback, brutally murdering any tourists unfortunate enough to cross his path, and having a ripper of a time doing it.


It’s business as usual for Mick when he comes across the Thorogood family, on holiday to experience the outdoors, enjoy the open road, and help their 19-year-old daughter Eve (Lucy Fry) overcome her addiction to painkillers. Mick targets the family and a bloody massacre ensues, but this time things are different. Eve survives (barely) and manages to escape. After recovering from her injuries, Eve sets out on a cross country mission of vengeance, determined to hunt down Mick Taylor and end his killing spree once and for all. The hunter has become the hunted.


Highly cinematic in style and filled with all the bloody violence and dark humour that made the original film a sensation, Wolf Creek is a horror series like no other, and is not to be missed. First shown on Fox UK in August / September 2016, the 6-part mini-series will be available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD as a 2-disc Blu-ray set and a 2-disc DVD set, two days after the series finale has aired on Fox UK.


For further information please follow on Twitter @WolfCreekUK https://twitter.com/WolfCreekUK & Facebook www.facebook.com/wolfcreekuk


Available to pre-order now on Amazon
DVD http://amzn.to/2araZ4S Blu-ray http://amzn.to/2arbmfW

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Ian Jane
09-14-2016, 11:26 AM
Still no word of a US physical media release for this, but hey, here's a really positive review for the series.

http://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/tv-reviews/6743-wolf-creek-the-complete-season-one.html?utm_content=bufferf7741&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ian Jane
10-09-2016, 11:32 AM
A review of the 2 disc UK set.

http://www.themoviewaffler.com/2016/10/blu-ray-review-wolf-creek-complete.html#.V_pi1OgrKUk

Ian Jane
01-09-2017, 06:45 PM
Press release for the upcoming US release coming 3/7/17 from Lionsgate.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Based on the iconic cult movie franchise, the all-new revenge thriller television series Wolf Creek: Season One arrives on DVD March 21 from Lionsgate. The season is currently available on Digital HD. John Jarratt reprises his role as the murdering psychopath of the Australian Outback, Mick Taylor. One of the most exciting new shows on cable network Pop, the series also stars Lucy Fry as an American college student who hunts down Mick Taylor to avenge the murder of her family. Executive produced by the film franchise’s creator and director, Greg McLean, the Wolf Creek: Season One DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
After her family is brutally murdered in the Australian outback, American college student Eve Thorogood vows to bring serial killer Mick Taylor to justice—or die in the attempt.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
“Cinema to Series: The Legacy of Wolf Creek” Featurette
“Making a Television Series” Featurette
“Meet the Stars” Featurette
“Discovering the Outback” Featurette
“Visual Effects” Featurette
“Meet the Supporting Cast” Featurette

CAST
Lucy Fry TV’s “11.22.63,” Mr. Church
John Jarrett Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2
Dustin Claire TV’s “Spartacus: War of the Damned,” TV’s “Strike Back”

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: © 2016 Screentime Pty Ltd, STAN Entertainment Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Type: TV-on-DVD
Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Thriller
Closed Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English SDH
Feature Run Time: 270 minutes
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Ian Jane
02-08-2017, 11:40 AM
Season two is in the works.

http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3423827/second-season-wolf-creek-coming-year-exclusive-comments-greg-mclean/

Ian Jane
11-10-2017, 01:30 PM
The first season of the TV series is now streaming on Shudder.

Alex K.
11-10-2017, 10:36 PM
Any good?