Plot: What’s it about?
It’s been some time since I saw the original Wolf Creek, but I recall not having very fond memories of it. It threw what seems like the now obligatory “Inspired by True Events” at us, only to indulge us in an abundance of gore. One of the things that bothered me with the first film (and in this sequel as well) is that it seems to expect us to root for the villain. Whatever true events the film claimed to be based on were quickly lost in a film that existed in anything but the real world. We never really learned anything about the killer in the original film either. He’s a large burly man with little else on his mind besides killing. I’m not arguing that all killers should be explained, but it would’ve been nice to get a bit of a background on this guy. Unless I’m watching a killer in a hockey mask who has come back from the dead multiple times, then I’m assuming he exists in the real world. To be fair, this sequel Wolf Creek 2 isn’t as downright awful as I anticipated. Actually, it’s quite decent, assuming you’re willing to accept the premise and go with it. Of course it’s also “Inspired by True Events”, but that’s likely to draw us in more. Very little of this film rings true. There are several implausible moments. One is late in the game where Mick pops up in a house all too quickly. There’s simply no way he could’ve gotten inside that fast. Let’s not get started on the fact that he seems to maneuver around without anyone noticing. Surely, there would be someone looking for this man. Still, I think most audiences will be able to forgive such things.
The film begins with Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) being pulled over by two police officers. He’s going just under the speed limit, but one of the officers suggests that he wouldn’t know that, and they decide to write him up anyway. There’s a great deal of tension after they pull him over. They’re clearly trying to intimidate him, but he keeps his cool. Mick warns them about writing him a ticket, but they do and they take off. Let’s just say that what follows isn’t unexpected, but is still shocking. We then follow two foreigners who are trying to hitch a ride and camp. One night they’re discovered by Mick who tells them that they’re not allowed to camp there. He offers them a ride, but they refuse. I won’t reveal more about the plot as to avoid spoilers, but it’s near this point that a third character enters the picture. Paul (Ryan Corr) is driving around the area and discovers one of the campers. He offers help, and it’s at this point that the film turns into a cat and mouse chase between Paul and Mick. Eventually, Paul is captured by Mick and this portion takes up the last half of the movie. Paul is forced to play a cruel game where he’s asked 10 questions and if he gets one wrong then Mick cuts off one of his fingers. I actually liked the way that Paul tries to get the upper hand on Mick. The film generates quite a bit of tension during its running time. Some moments are a bit frustrating. Some of my same problems with the first film are repeated here: Are we expected to side with Mick? Do the filmmakers think that we’re willing to root for this maniac? Still, the film works on a few levels. I can’t say I enjoyed it (how can one enjoy a film where people are shamelessly tortured?), but it did maintain my interest. I think that counts for something. The characters here are at least smarter than the typical horror movie characters you often find in these films. In one scene Paul’s car is close to overheating and he’s almost on empty. I like the way that he at least acts in a rational manner. There’s also the scene where Mick approaches the campers. They don’t simply give in to this man, they try to defend themselves. Fans of the original film will probably enjoy this. It’s at least worth a rental. I found it to be more enjoyable than the first film, but it’s not exactly a pleasant experience. It’s also not something I’d want to revisit any time soon. The ending doesn’t quite make since either, but I think it’ll please gore fans.
Video: How’s it look?
The outback landscape lends itself to some nice visuals, and this transfer presents that strongly. The image is nearly flawless on all accounts. I couldn’t detect any traces of softness or grain. Things are always nice and detailed. There are plenty of sequences at night and during the day, but there’s a consistent quality to it all. For a small scale horror film, I was surprised by how nice it looked. There’s an early scene where a character’s head is shot off and the detail is almost too good there. It’s gross. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.35:1 ratio. Fans will be delighted by how good it looks.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The DTS HD track also satisfies. The rear channels add nice little details to the deserted outback setting. We can hear little details here and there. There’s also a nice kick to it when the action begins. Mick tries just about everything to chase down his victims including a scene where he’s in an 18-wheeler. Tires screech, screams are heard, it’s all presented strongly here. Vocals are also well rounded throughout. Subtitles are used in some of the early moments involving the two campers, but they also speak English as well. This track will please fans.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This copy includes a lengthy documentary and some deleted scenes. There’s a DVD copy as well. The inside cover features inside art that advertises other films from Image. It’s tucked inside a slipcover repeating the same cover underneath. The title Wolf Creek 2 is embossed on the slipcover.
- Creating a Monster: The Making of Wolf Creek 2 – This is a multi-part documentary examining almost every angle of the film. It runs for 52 minutes and shows plenty of footage from the set as well as a sequence involving CGI kangaroos. A lot of ground is covered here, and if you’re a fan of the film then you’ll find it interesting.
- Butcher’s Cut: Deleted Scenes – These are pretty much extended versions of what’s seen in the film. Don’t expect anything worthwhile here. They were wisely deleted.
- DVD Copy