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Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek

2005
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 39m
It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime in the Australian Outback -- full of fun, sun and adventure. But what happened to a trio of twenty-something backpackers took a wrenching detour into the depths of unrelenting terror. Based on true events, Wolf Creek is the haunting story of their unthinkable ordeal -- a mounting white-knuckle nightmare so real it was destined to become horror legend. (Dimension Films)
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Wolf Creek

2005
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 39m
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Avg Percentile 37.47% from 1750 total ratings

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Rated 10 Oct 2011
25
7th
Some effective use is made of the isolated locations, but other than that this borrows rather too heavily from precursors and contains logical flaws and a sadistic predisposition that make the film less than convincing and less than appealing. Additionally, the purposeless effort expended at the film's conclusion to leave the false impression that the characters depicted were based on real people undergoing real events seems to me to be a somewhat unethical and sensationalist grab for attention.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
20
17th
A hateful monster of a movie. Yes, it's brutal. Yes, it's horrific. But why? And why does that guy do all those things? Too many unanswered questions, and mostly unengaging -- true torture porn.
Rated 02 Oct 2008
20
2nd
If someone gave you seven dollars to watch this movie, take it, but know you'll earn it.
Rated 20 Oct 2023
54
27th
It's the kind of depressing hateful violence accentuated by grimace inducing gore that makes you stand up out of your seat and say, "Crikey!"
Rated 02 Feb 2008
1
10th
Ugly and nihilistic. I can think of a million things I'd rather do than watch this. A particularly gruesome scene literally violates the laws of physics just to fuck over the audience and dash any small hope they might have had left. Occasionally reminded me of Funny Games, but without the postmodern winking and nodding which at least made that movie tolerable.
Rated 10 May 2015
36
10th
Gorgeously shot film of a dumb, sadistic torture-porn script.
Rated 10 Mar 2013
70
53rd
I didn't found it scary, however that's it. Besides that, there is NOTHING wrong with this movie. Nobody expects for a chiller like this to be so well made. The cinematograpgy was actually beautiful and I liked the score very much (it really helped in building the tension). I also liked the characters, which was the most surprising. Nice job.
Rated 04 Jul 2014
3
24th
What separates Wolf Creek from other torture porn flicks is the cinematography, showcasing some beautiful landscape shots and some nice sequences in the more isolated and claustrophobic locations. But at the end of the day, this is just another generic torture porn flick, with an unconvincing story and a played out climax that's particularly hell-bent on torture-porning its female characters specifically, most likely because the director has some weird fetishes he needs to sort out privately.
Rated 12 Oct 2009
75
74th
I liked it, sort of unconventional, good scary bad guy.
Rated 24 Oct 2015
46
5th
I regretted watching this almost immediately, but first half has enough redeeming qualities with it's shots of the outback and atmosphere that I kept with it. Once the horror aspect becomes clear, though, it's just unending hysteria interspersed with thankfully brief moments of graphic violence. This all made the second half an unnerving chore to watch. That might be a plus for some, but it's not something I have much interest in watching without other strong redeeming qualities not present here
Rated 19 Jan 2024
45
25th
Film qui m'avait beaucoup marqué quand j'étais adolescent, il est si rare de voir des films d'horreur aussi sadiques, et méchants. Mais c'est sans doute le seul intérêt du film. L'histoire vraie présentée ici, avec un peu de recherches, n'a rien de vrai, alors regardez le uniquement si vous avez marre des fins heureuses dans les films d'horreur, la réalisation est correcte, et raccord avec les slasher d'amérique profonde.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
65
24th
Movie is average, includes far too many stupid decisions made by characters and is mostly filmed in low light with some poor direction. Based on actual events is also a complete joke, it's not based on anything.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
18th
Starts off with Soft Porn and then it just turns you right off!
Rated 02 Oct 2019
65
45th
Featuring some solid performances & a genuinely excellent one by Jarratt, as well as a real sense of dread that's rare in modern horror, it does an excellent job of creating atmosphere & tension, as well as building a villain that has gained cult status as one of the genre's most fearsome with good reason. The plot starts strong, but sadly it declines over time & by the end is pretty meh, largely due to several logic holes too big not to notice. Overall, it's still worth a watch.
Rated 18 Jan 2015
73
79th
On the most abstract level, the premise here is far from original - but it's always about the how. I thought McLean did well to avoid many of the genre trappings and cliches, to draw his inspiration from his native Australia and its real-life outback killers (Ivan Milat and Bradley Murdoch), and to insist on great photography (no shaky hand-held crap) and genuinely fearsome acting from his entire cast. It's a work of love, which should appeal to fans of hardcore slasher movies.
Rated 06 Jun 2014
25
4th
Crikey.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
67
24th
I would've rated this a lot higher beforehand when I hadn't seen all the classic horror movies this one takes from.
Rated 03 Nov 2019
78
3rd
1
Rated 26 Apr 2011
60
16th
Genuinely scary, but also just sick
Rated 19 Mar 2008
80
65th
He stabs that girl in the spine
Rated 19 Aug 2007
75
33rd
Some genuinely scary moments, but I think the whole "based on true events" thing was stretched a little too far here.
Rated 18 Nov 2020
63
36th
62.7.
Rated 16 Apr 2011
55
32nd
Had some nice tension but not enough kills/gore. This movie messes with the standard horror formula just enough to make it not a waste of time, but the ending is a huge anticlimax.
Rated 19 Oct 2021
47
43rd
The extended build up takes too long, the victims are not engaging, and it's not as gruesome as its reputation suggests. Wolf Creek does however border on being a recommendable film, essentially on the strength of John Jarratt's villain (along with some nice outback cinematography and grimy misogynistic tenseness once it kicks off). He does nail the underlying cruel streak of some laconic larrikins, and translates that into a memorable psychotic version of the cheery exported Australian persona.
Rated 10 Mar 2013
91
93rd
Nasty, vile, ugly, disgusting, cruel, unapologetic, reprehensible -- what every good horror film should be like. Mick Taylor is my favourite Australian movie character.
Rated 17 May 2008
50
26th
I remember this being sort of scary but too long.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
72
63rd
A shameless and sickeningly manipulative film, it twisted my gut inside out several times. I loved it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
22nd
Texas Chainsaw like movie. Takes too long to develop. Has typical kill sceens but is based on a true story which gives it a little more of an edge.
Rated 07 Oct 2010
62
57th
Very slow at the beginning. Gradually builds up the horror to such a degree that the end is unforgettable and terrifying. Definitely a better-than-average horror film (especially if you can prefer slow burn rather than constant high tempo chills)
Rated 22 Sep 2008
30
35th
en hæslig film.
Rated 25 Mar 2010
73
22nd
Technically, a very well made low-budget horror film which is actually kind of admirable because it takes its sweet time building things up, however it runs out of steam quickly with a 'meh' payoff. The film could have been truly interesting but is eager to become another entry into torture porn and to wrap things up rather quickly; this deserved to have another act after the carnage but sadly, no. Still, it has some chilling moments and wonderful cinematography. Worth a look but not much else.
Rated 09 Apr 2018
61
42nd
Not a huge fan of torture movies. This one is kinda good, though.
Rated 15 Jun 2020
5
81st
Beautiful landscapes. The way it builds up the inescapable nature of a desert locale while having next to no horror for the first like half is amazing. The killers a little too over the top to work 100% for me, but he gets the job done.
Rated 08 May 2016
60
38th
The 'true story' statement at the start isn't quite accurate. Apparently 'Wolf Creek' is very loosely based on the shenanigans of Australian serial killer Ivan Milat.
Rated 19 Jul 2015
50
30th
Technically competently made, but in the end it's just an another unimaginative TCM clone.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
75
40th
An intriguing film about a hunter hunting people in a powerless crater. Twisted, morbid, and exactly what anyone who has heard of it would be looking for.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
11th
As a horror film, Wolf Creek is pretty good, but hype killed it. It got all these reviews saying it was one of the scariest films of the year etc etc....and while it has its breif moments, it's not scary by any stretch of the imagination. Wooden acting in places, which is a shame. It's not terrible, and isn't a total waste, but it isn't anything special.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
69
39th
Surprisingly good horror movie that starts off incredibly slow. The final half hour is tense beyond belief and is supremely enjoyable.
Rated 16 Jun 2017
64
61st
Pretty good suspense/horror flick with some truly nasty scenes that are not for the weak stomachs. The build up is a little too slow to make this a great film, but good nonetheless.
Rated 27 Sep 2011
78
23rd
Good story, movie weak.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
53
24th
Please stop with the torture, not because I can feel the character's pain, but because it hurts the senses at this point. "Saw" finds success, and we have to roll out all these slice-and-dice movies. No thanks. Your lack of originality boggles the mind, even though it technically ain't all that bad.
Rated 30 Jan 2012
41
20th
I seriously wish people would stop raving about this being brutal...and good. It is neither.
Rated 24 Sep 2012
50
20th
Based on actual events it's hard for this not-so-very-special-but-still-entertaining-horror flick to bring anything new to the table. Characters lack depth and while charming from time to time (especially the main protagonist) offer nothing worthy of note. That being said, Wolf Creek is a mildly entertaining flick that does surprise every now and then. It certainly does not give Horror a bad name, just not a good one either. It's just 'there'.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
72
63rd
* Casting, Acting : 7 * Script : 7 * Directing, Aura : 8 * Ease of Viewing : 7 * Naked Eye : 7
Rated 21 Mar 2008
66
31st
Standard horror movie fare. Not bad, but not great either, watch if there is nothing better on.
Rated 06 Aug 2007
30
6th
It was suspenseful however the gratuitous violence at the end was unnecessary. Also the promotion that it was based on a true story was bit of a story itself. Loosely maybe!
Rated 09 May 2012
12
1st
Wondering if those who ranked this really high were watching a different movie, or if this was one of their first movies in the genre. I was 14 at the time this came out and my mom bought it. It is one of the few movies I have walked away from without watching the entire thing, but it was so boring to me. I literally went to play Bratz dolls with my younger sisters because it was more interesting than watching the movie.
Rated 21 Jun 2020
77
69th
The way the outback is photographed is what sells this to me. Very good red herring at the diner sequence. I don't usually fall for such things
Rated 17 Feb 2008
92
73rd
Terrifying.
Rated 15 Sep 2010
60
25th
Sometimes you watch movies like this. It's violent, it's gratuitous in torture and it's designed to scare you. It's supposedly based on a true story, but you go into the cinema not caring for that and you walk out later with a few shocks to retell amongst your group until you end up at home and go to sleep. You'll sleep after this film and you'll wake up some time later realising that not too much stood out for you. You may question what you have gained from your morbid curiousity. Or you wont.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
88th
truly and utterly horrifying. best horror movie made to date
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
19th
Good debut from McLean, with an interesting little horror. Some truly gruesome moments make up for the stupidity of the cast and the use of tension is superb. Not brilliant, but certainly worth a watch
Rated 04 Jan 2013
58
19th
58.000
Rated 18 Jun 2014
58
38th
A couple good scenes, a great villain, and a lot of filler.
Rated 22 Dec 2021
25
0th
I still have flashbacks to the horror of this movie over 15 years later. Don't watch if you are sensitive to horrific torture scenes. I wish I'd never seen it
Rated 06 Mar 2008
60
49th
wierd **
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
23rd
More than half of the film is dedicated to developing characters you could care less about. However, when it gets down to the action it is pretty decent.
Rated 30 Aug 2013
70
42nd
psikopat katil, gençler, araba bozulmasi, yardim
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
28th
high stakes hidey go seek with a cheat who counts it 'one two miss a few ninety-nine a hundred'. sick fun, it's all cold-sweat revulsion and nauseated dread.
Rated 13 Jun 2012
20
4th
Grim and pointless, as much as I approve of portrayals of rural people as in-bred sadistic woman-haters. And then there are the really bad ones. Given that the film's promotion owed something to a certain state forest, I was actually surprised when toward the end the killer turned out to have action-movie superpowers.
Rated 25 Sep 2008
60
46th
John Jarrat deserves all the praise he got for his portrayal of of the villain of the piece. Still, for some reason not as good as I'd hoped and I had high hope for this
Rated 06 Jun 2010
86
79th
This movie has excellant pacing..it builds and builds and then delivers. This movie is very brutal and not for the weak of heart
Rated 18 Feb 2009
35
65th
"...you can't predict what is going to happen in this film."
Rated 03 Nov 2020
70
44th
https://letterboxd.com/ladyspiggott/film/wolf-creek/
Rated 30 May 2010
40
1st
Pretty generic. The only thing that makes you watch it till the end is "based on true events" screen in the beginning.
Rated 24 Oct 2007
72
77th
This is a surprisingly good, very scary movie.
Rated 18 Jul 2016
75
32nd
I will never go to the Outback.
Rated 19 Aug 2010
90
66th
Fantastic Australian horror film. Good story with great special effects and gore. The ending is especially good. Highly recommended!
Rated 14 May 2010
6
81st
I was shocked I even liked this. Despite not being the least bit original, it's quite horrific and effective. The slow build-up works nicely and the cinematography is surprisingly well done for a film of its kind. One of the better modern horror films I've seen.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
35
90th
"In this era of horror films soullessly carted out of Hollywood, Wolf Creek immediately stands apart from the pack." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
80th
It actually scared the hell out of me. Which is something.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
29th
A dedication to stark reality sinks an otherwise superficial slasher, given real life cachet by its inspiration but has no other redeeming features. Would be a helluva short.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
60
62nd
Great film.
Rated 04 Jun 2007
70
75th
The setting is great and the baddie is bad. Good horror flick.
Rated 20 Jan 2009
15
26th
If for some reason you have to watch this, go ahead and skip the first 45 minutes, because nothing fucking happens until after that. I'm not exaggerating either. NOTHING.
Rated 07 Aug 2007
88
76th
A very slow buildup, that raises the tension until the split fucking hair of the middle, which changes directions like a carcrash into insanity and fear.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
46
47th
worth a watch
Rated 28 Aug 2015
50
36th
This concept has some spark but the plot is not convincing enough. The 1st 30-35 mins. are outright weak. The violence is okay-"critics fuss about anything". Passable.
Rated 21 Jul 2007
45
44th
Kind of nauseating and hard to watch. Rural areas are to be feared and avoided, never visited.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
17th
Forgettable. Creepy, yes, but not altogether frightening.
Rated 29 Aug 2014
0
0th
Cinema seriously needs to learn that good shots don't equal a good movie.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
70
57th
Surprisingly effective, this is a ravishing and frightening beast of a horror-flick.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
14th
A few tense scenes are marred by idiotic characters. I actually didn't mind the long buildup at the beginning, but the payoff is very disappointing. Jarrat is actually pretty good, though.
Rated 30 Apr 2012
75
59th
Realy creepy and suspenseful horror. The based on true events tag is taking the piss tho.
Rated 12 Jul 2023
70
26th
Don't drink the rain water.
Rated 22 Apr 2024
70
60th
Brutal, mate.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
25th
Well made indie with a truly terrifying villain. A slow first act will divide audiences but the third act is pure roller coaster.
Rated 23 Dec 2008
90
84th
1
Rated 17 Sep 2007
60
39th
tense but not that special
Rated 24 Oct 2020
31
10th
A well-made movie that is wholly unoriginal, with nothing new to add to the slasher/torture/horror genre.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
75
71st
It is true, traumatic, morbid and disturbing.
Rated 04 Apr 2020
23
15th
it started out alright, with some quite likable characters, which is a rarity for its genre. It then turned into pure torture porn which i hate, so yeah. Not as bad as many other films of the sort, but still really bad.
Rated 12 Jul 2023
50
20th
Just some cunts havin a jolly time until the mascot for the Outback Steakhouse started talking about saving money on meat by cuttin em up real good. Unfortunate that is.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
34th
Suprisingly good! Extremly tense and sadistic, more exciting than grose acctually. Also actors and script never f-ck up as I thought they would. Feels a bit short tho..

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