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Review: Wolf Creek 2

Review: Wolf Creek 2

| On 22, Feb 2014

It’s probably not going to do us any favours with tourists. 

Wolf Creek first made waves back in 2005, when John Jarratt’s chilling performance as fictional backpacker killer Mick Taylor scared audiences away from highways, utes and national parks.

Well, bad news Australia, because Mick is back for round two and this time he’s more psychotic than ever.

Australia’s most infamous serial killer Ivan Milat inspires the character of Mick Taylor, and the events that transpire in both Wolf Creek films draw strong parallels to the stories of the backpackers he murdered.

As you can imagine, Wolf Creek 2 is not a feel-good film.

If you’ve had the extreme displeasure of watching the first Wolf Creek, I’m sure you’re wondering how this second instalment can hope to build on the psychotic horror of the first film, without repeating the storyline.

Put simply, Wolf Creek 2 is Wolf Creek 1, on acid.

Jarratt is unsettling as Mick Taylor – image by quickflix.com.au

 

Mick is larger than life in this sequel. He’s angrier than before, he’s more violent – sometimes he’s even funny – but above all, he’s way more nuts.

Mick is the evil, unchallenged dictator of the Aussie outback in Wolf Creek 2, culling travellers and locals alike in two hours of shameless bloodletting.

As far as the plot goes, most of the characters don’t live to see more than 15 minutes screen time, apart from Englishman Paul Hammersmith.

It’s a very cat-and-mouse style of interaction between Mick and Paul in the film, and we’re left clinging to our seats for more than half the film as Paul continues to narrowly escape Mick’s clutches.

Paul’s in a major pickle – image by hollywoodreporter.com

 

I don’t want to spoil the last fifteen minutes, but I was literally gagging, crying, screaming and swearing all at the same time.

Wolf Creek 2, like it’s cult status predecessor, will no doubt make many audience members uncomfortable, for more reasons than the sickening violence and depravity.

The character of Mick Taylor, expertly performed by Jarratt, hits close to home. His chatty, trustworthy demeanour and Aussie lingo reminds us of our parents, grandparents, that dude off The Block, perhaps even friends.

That’s why when Mick pulls out his ‘piggin’ knife and cuts someone’s heart out whilst humming Waltzing Matilda, we feel a strong urge to vomit over everything in sight.

They really play up the classic Aussie stereotype in Wolf Creek 2 – there’s demented Australian trivia, torture via whip, and even Bundaberg Rum gets some cheeky product placement amongst the horror.

In terms of comparisons between the films, Wolf Creek 2 really steps up its game in regards to sets and stunts as well. There’s an underground tunnel sequence, a fair few car chases and a pretty choice stunt where a trailer drops off a huge mountain.

Wolf Creek 2 is not for the weak of stomach, and it’s most definitely not an easy watch. However, for lovers of horror, it’s by far more gruesome and sickening than the first.

Be warned though, side effects of Wolf Creek 2  include permanent fear of open highways, spotlights, akubra hats, losing phone signal and the dark.

Wolf Creek 2 is in cinemas now.