A Film Review By The Mike
Starring: Australian people.
Directed By: Greg Mclean
Rated Rated R for Lotsa gooey violence and sadistic behaviors
Box Office Bullet Points: The Movie In A Nutshell
*Visually striking, great use of settings as breaks in the action. Perhaps a bit too fancy with this at times, however.
*Realistic acting from a cast of unknowns helps the film keep its realism. That said, don’t take the “based on factual events” too seriously. I have a strange feeling this isn’t how it really went down.
*The cracks at Crocodile Dundee were amusing, if not unnecessary. I was waiting for a Yahoo Serious joke, but none were made, sadly.
*Great and pretty-original villain, even if the outfit screams Freddy Krueger
*The first kill is a fantastic scene. Not only was it unexpected, but I went from laughing to groaning in fear within a three second span.
*The movie is brave enough to buck several of the traditions of the slasher film, and to be unflinching in its ways, which is more than can be said for 99% of horrors made in America lately.
*Luckily it’s already in English (or close enough), so it probably has a five-year window to make it’s name on DVD before the cheap American remake.
Wolf Creek will no doubt follow the path that The Blair Witch Project and Open Water laid before it. You’ll have people proclaiming it the worst film they’ve ever seen, and you’ll have teenagers that were on their cell phone through much of the film throwing things at the screen when the movie ends. These aren’t exaggerations, I’ve already seen both occur.
But I can find no reason to damn this movie, just like I found no reason to damn the two predecessors I mentioned. Wolf Creek may be low in budget, and may be unconventional; but it lacks the restraint that makes so many horror films these days impossible to like. It’s an incredibly honest film in its depiction of the characters and their plight, skimping on making their troubles too dramatic in most scenes. This movie brought fear of things that could possibly happen to this viewer, even when I found myself distant from its settings and characters. That’s all too rare in the genre these days.
Wolf Creek might not be a revolution in horror, and might not even be the most inventive or original Australian horror film released in the U.S. this year (that honor belongs to the wickedly fun Undead). But it’s a relentless film that separates itself from posers like the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre adaptation by basing it terror in the characters’ fears and not in the gruesome violence it depicts. Wolf Creek will definitely polarize audiences, but I think it’s the horror film that most fans have been waiting all year for.