Wolf Creek

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director Greg McLean, executive producer Matt Hearn, and actors Cassandra Magrath and Kestie Morassi; The making of Wolf Creek documentary; Deleted scenes; Theatrical traielr; Languages: English 5.1, French 5.1; Subtitles: English CC, Spanish; Widescreen (1.78:1); Enhanced for 16x9 television
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Wolf Creek isn't so much the kind of horror film that a guy would take his date to see in hopes that she would cling to his arm as it is the type of film a guy would take a girl to see in hopes of ending the relationship. In short, Wolf Creek isn't an enjoyable stalk-and-slash effort like the self-conscious Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer films, but an effective exercise in fear more along the lines of such downbeat horror dramas as Open Water or the 2004 trapped-in-the-wilderness French frightener Calvaire. Unlike the callous yuppie blowhards of Open Water, however, the carefree young adults that set out across the Australian countryside in Wolf Creek are as sympathetic as they are believable -- and when an innocent crush begins to develop into something more for two of the travelers, the honesty and gentle awkwardness of their first kiss quietly draws the viewer in before all hell breaks loose. Though impatient genre fans may complain that first-time feature director Greg McLean spends a little too much time on character development in the opening act, more forgiving viewers will likely appreciate the contrast between the youthful fun in the sun of the opening scenes and the seemingly eternal darkness suffered by the characters after falling in with a madman whose earthy, easygoing charm masks a monster whose depravity knows no bounds. The hypnotic ferocity of veteran Australian actor John Jarratt's outback psychopath has all the makings of an iconic cinematic psycho -- creepy quips and unsettling stare all accounted for -- and though one could see Jarratt's sadistic slasher getting his own frightful franchise thanks to a fairly ambiguous ending, the film's reality-based origins and good taste will likely make this a one-off deal for the capable actor. Make no mistake, the violence here is grim, and the horrific suffering that those characters endure is made even more palpable by the fact the film was loosely inspired by real-life events. While that fact alone may be enough to assure that Wolf Creek is not going to make the "must-see" lists of more sensitive viewers, when all is said and done McLean's debut feature is as lean and tightly wound as its geographically menacing title. There's not much fun to be had at Wolf Creek, but the fact that it offers one of the most visceral and unrelenting survival horror stories to hit the multiplexes in some time is difficult to deny.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • UPC: 796019791991
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Jarratt Mick Taylor
Nathan Phillips Ben Mitchell
Cassandra Magrath Liz Hunter
Kestie Morassi Kristie Earl
Andy McPhee
Gordon Poole
Aaron Sterns
Technical Credits
Greg McLean Director, Producer, Screenwriter
George Adams Executive Producer
Jason Ballantine Editor
Ric Beecroft Asst. Director
Nicola Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Fabinyi Executive Producer
Will Gibson Cinematographer
Michael Gudinski Executive Producer
Gary Hamilton Executive Producer
Matt Hearn Co-producer, Executive Producer
Angela Heesom Casting
Angela Heeson Casting
Simon Hewitt Executive Producer
David Lightfoot Producer
Pete Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Connelly Make-Up FX Team Makeup Special Effects
Francois Tetaz Score Composer
Rob Webb Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wolf Creek
1. Preparations [5:40]
2. Last Night [3:33]
3. Opening Titles [3:42]
4. Campfire Stories [2:37]
5. The Last Fuel Stop [6:26]
6. Welcome To Wolf Creek [5:27]
7. When Lightning Strikes [2:05]
8. Looks Like We're Spending the Night [2:51]
9. There's Something Out There [2:57]
10. Bad News And Really Bad News [4:13]
11. A Bit of a Drive [4:15]
12. A Ghost Town [6:42]
13. Wake Up [4:26]
14. A Friend In Need [5:49]
15. Let's Play [3:20]
16. A Valiant Effort [6:09]
17. We Need a Car [3:46]
18. New Discoveries [2:58]
19. That's Not a Knife [3:14]
20. Kristy's Run [4:13]
21. Mick Plays Catch-Up [3:52]
22. Ben and the Dogs [6:56]
23. End Credits [3:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Wolf Creek
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         French
      Captions And Subtitles
         English For The Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Feautres
      Feature Commentary With Greg McLean, Matt Hearn, Cassandra Magrath & Kestie Morassi
      The Making of Wolf Creek
      Deleted Scene: "G'Day"
      Wolf Creek Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Synopsis of one of the best films ever

    Wolf Creek tells the story of the real Austrailian Backpack Murderer, and three of his victims, Lizzie, Ben, and Kristy. We follow the three friends as they vacation to the outskirts of Australia to back pack through the forest of Wolf Creek. Upon their return to their car, they find it won't start and are rescued by a friendly hunter. They join him at his home, and find that he is truly a good samaritan, befriending all of them. But as morning rolls around, each of the friends wake-up alone, bound, and even tortured, and they soon realize their rescuer may not be what he seems. And the ultimate question arises, who will make it out of Wolf Creek?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wolf Creek

    From watching the previews, it looked really scary next to Hostel. Though it seemed kinda slow during the beginning but like it was near the end of the movie when they came to the scary part. And I was kinda disappointed when the got rid of the character(s) I assumed would survive and plus they showed more of the two characters than the other one and then the movie ended disappointely cause they never found the two characters that went missing and the killer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not A good Vacation

    If a was on a vacation, I would definitely not watch this horror hilm. It is an authentic horror film, partly because it allegedly actually happened. A quick summary is to say that a bunch of young naive travellers from the city in Australia go out in the rough Outback of Australia where their car breaks down. A nice Samaritan comes and picks them up, but he really isn't so nice. That's when the fun starts, played disturbing well by John Jarrett, or Mick the Aussie Outback Good Samaritan who turns out to be a killer. Not for children or people that have been through traumatic experiences. Greg McLean can drive you to the edge in this dark directorial debut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One scary movie !!

    I rented this movie without knowing anything about it. Frankly, I thought it was going to be about a wolf. Well, the monster turns out to be human which is far worse. This is a deeply disturbing movie. Almost makes you afraid to go anywhere on vacation. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the Best, Not the Worst

    Being such a fan of horror movies, I saw this without even knowing anything about it. It became different than most horror movies I've seen though. For the first half of the film, it follows no one but the three actors, actually developing the characters unlike most horror movies where actors are simply given names before they are murdered by faceless, almost non-human, people. In Wolf Creek, the movie is slow because it's taking it's time. It wants you to actually care when they wake up, bound, gagged and about to be tortured by the mad-man, who is actually based off of an actual Australian serial killer. This movie is not the best horror movie I've ever seen but it certainly isn't the worst. If you're a true fan of the genre, you might want to give this one a shot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very disappointed

    This movie was horrible. The film shooting was bad. It was very slow. The review makes it sound really good and thats why I decided to watch it. It did give me the creeps but not because it was scary more like because it could really happen and I believe it did. What it did do for me was make me not want to go anywhere near Australia. Watch at your own risk.

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