Director: Greg Mclean
Writers: Greg Mclean & Aaron Sterns
Starring: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn
Runtime: 106 minutes
Synopsis: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for the crazed, serial-killing pig hunter Mick Taylor.
I was- no, scratch that. I AM a big fan of the film Wolf Creek, for many reasons other than it simply being a horror film. I found the visuals of the Australian outback stunning and, because the filmmakers made the landscape a character in it's own right, it made the film all the more special to me. John Jarratt is fantastic as Mick Taylor; mysterious, menacing, and unforgiving. I could rave about Wolf Creek all day long. With a solid story, script, acting, and character development, it's no wonder that it is so beloved to many fans of the genre.
That being said, I was excited when they announced the sequel and that major players from the first were on board. With writer and Director Greg Mclean back at the helm I was confident it would meet the bar set by the first film. Sadly, this did not hold true. While there were elements here and there that I did enjoy, I feel the filmmakers must have been suffering delusions of grandeur in order to be satisfied with the final product. Gone were the atmospheric shots and visual impact that made it's predecessor wonderful. They did give us a little taste with a shot of the crater but, it barely wet my appetite.
It seems we've been trending towards promoting the antagonist. With so much focus on him, the rest of the film feels empty. Mick is no longer an enigma and, as such, there is not much left to be desired. There is little time for other character development and, the time they did have to play with felt forced upon us. It felt campy, failing to register with me. I found myself thinking of Mick as the protagonist due mostly to caring so little about whether or not any of the meaningless characters lived or died. Was this the idea that they had gone with? Abandoning the horror aspect and trying simply to create uncomfortable situations?
The first third of the movie was just awesome. It was savagely violent and callous. My inner bloodhound chuckled and applauded with viciousness. Unfortunately, it really flat lined soon thereafter. The ending upset me because even though we expected one thing we got another, and it was lame. I've seen it more times than I could ever care to.
I did still enjoy Mick. John Jarratt is wonderful as a sick, sadistic, and unrelenting lunatic. His giggle (don't act like you don't remember it from the first one) is chilling. His smile makes you feel uneasy and, though you don't know what he's about to do, you know it's not going to be good. He is brutal and unforgiving. I give it up to Jarratt for giving us a memorable villain among an onslaught of regurgitated slashers.
I've always wanted to visit Australia though, instead of being an unsuspecting tourist, I'll come prepared, huh. Up for it, Kappii?
Pourin' some out for what could have been...
2 out of 5 Skulls.