Monday, April 17, 2006

Wolf Creek -- Spoilers Included

You may have seen the previews running recently for Wolf Creek on dvd. The teasers make the movie sound novel: a serial killer who catches people, lets them go, and then hunts them down. It certainly sounded different enough to check out.

It was not. There was a serial killer, yes, but he didn't have some sort of "most dangerous game" set up. If anything, he was just careless enough to let escape some of the people he had captured. Sure, he seemed to be having fun while he was doing it, but, believe me, this guy wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Advanced planning was in no way his forte.

On top of this disappointment was the fact that the rest of the movie wasn't any good either. Now, it may have been the forty-five minute lead up to something actually happening that put me in a bad mood, but that really is no excuse. Plus, once things do start to happen, they aren't good. The characters act in random and annoying ways. A pretty freaky setting is squandered. One of the girls screams so much that I wanted to join in, etc.

The best thing I can say about Wolf Creek is that it wasn't a total waste. The killer, a psycopath Mick Dundee, does have an interesting technique for immobilization he tries out on one of the girls, and the movie's ending is surprising enough (but not a twist; thank you at least for that) that it redeems somewhat the crap that came before it.

I'm not sure who, if anyone, I would actually recommend this movie to. I didn't hate it enough to suggest avoiding it entirely, but at the same time, I wouldn't want to give anyone the false impression that it's actually good. I guess if you like serial killers, have a fear of Australians, or just of getting waylaid in the country far from civilization, you might want to check out Wolf Creek. Otherwise, many other superior horror movies have come out lately.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's based on a true story, or so they say. Also, Mick Dundee is the actual name of "Crocodile Dundee" from the movies. Funny that they name this character that.


8:51 AM  
Blogger Tim Harden said...

Actually, I didn't mean to imply that the character was named Mick Dundee; I was using a clumsy joke to point out that the killer was clearly a take off of Crocodile Dundee. His name was Mick, though.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. I knew that. ;)


1:04 PM  

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