Movie Review: Wolf Creek 2 (2014)
When Wolf Creek came out back in 2005 I was absolutely astounded and amazed that much of the talk at the time had nothing to do with it. Hostel had just come out a few days before and it was pretty much anything any horror fan was talking about. Sure it had great gory moments but the plot was flat along with everything else. In my opinion Wolf Creek was not just the superior but one of the best horror films to come along during that decade. It had everything that made a great horror movie. Likable characters, a great setting, amazing kills but most importantly a truly diabolical villain in Mick. It’s been nearly 10 years since the first one and a lot has changed since. Wolf Creek 2, although a stellar horror film doesn’t have much in common with its predecessor but that doesn’t mean that it is not worth checking out.
The film opens with a German couple Rutger (Philippe Klaus) and Katarina (Shannon Ashlyn), backpacking in the great Australian outback. Their destination Wolf Creek Crater. It doesn’t take long until they run into Mick (John Jarratt). Soon after they find themselves on the run and get a helping hand from a British student Paul (Ryan Corr) who begins to realize real fast that he may have just made the biggest mistake of his young life.
Wolf Creek has a lot going for it. It has an incredible villain, a great setting and an amazing director at the helms. The movie top to bottom is filled with great kill’s scenes that will satisfy any gorehound although this time around the blood flows a lot more freely then it did in the first film which isn’t a bad thing.
Jarratt and Corr are great together and put on a fun yet horrifying game of cat and mouse. Every time Paul thinks he may have gotten away Mick is always there to bust that bubble. Both actors are do an amazing job at the playing their characters but it is oblivious Mick who steals the show.
However that might have squandered the movie a bit this time around. In the first one Mick wasn’t in it as much and his motives were not very clear, he was a mystery. Here though he is right out in the open and is in pretty much every scene. Its more about Mick this time around, it’s his show so that doesn’t really leave much room for the others other than to die at hands. That causes the empathy factor to be almost non-existent for the victims.
Although Wolf Creek 2 is a lot bigger than the first, bigger isn’t always better. The reason the first worked so well was because it was gritty and raw. This time around everything is a lot more polished. Regardless Wolf Creek 2 is still a great horror film that should be seen by fans of the original. It’s a fun, horrific and at times macabrely funny. 3 out of 5.
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