It’s been almost 10 years since Mick Taylor (Jarratt) reminded us just how dangerous it can be to traverse the deserted roads and highways of Australia’s interior. The gorgeous sights, sounds and spectacular views do little to mask the absolute isolation and desolation that we Aussies kind of take for granted but can seem unnerving for tourists. Wolf Creek was a scary, creepy, blood drenched slasher pic with Taylor’s now (almost) iconic laugh enough to send chills down your spine.
So what went wrong?
Mick Taylor is at it again. Luring unsuspecting tourists away from the remote Wolfe Creek crater (you can find the real info on the crater here) to torture and eventually kill. His first victims are a pair of German tourists who he quietly stalks until he finds them camped in a remote national park one evening.
(I really did like the fact that the Director allowed the actors to speak in their native tongue and we had to follow the English sub titles. This was a great, realistic touch.)
It is only when he captures his next victim that we are taken back to Mick’s lair……a disgusting place covered in blood, bodies and instruments of torture. I wont go into too much detail in case I spoil it for you.
Okay….so was this Mick Taylor supposed to be a caricature of himself? The Mick of old was creepy and sinister…..this Mick was full of smart arsey one liners that were, for the most part, not even funny. He was beyond crass and it was just awkward watching and listening to him. Yes I know he is a serial killer and thus has few redeeming qualities but this character was cringeworthy. The ocker slang was so full on it was embarrassing.
The shame of it all is that there were some parts of the movie that, had they been fully explored, would have taken this movie direct to cult status as happened with Saw and The Blair Witch Project. Mick’s lair for one and the true horror of its underground caverns. Why didnt we see more of that? That was truly terrifying because….well enough people go missing in the Outback for it to be a very real possibility. And we all know it …..
The whole Mick vs the English tourist sing a long was appalling and sooooooo drawn out. I glanced around the audience and you could sense the uneasy tension in the cinema. And it certainly wasn’t the kind of tension I am sure the Director was aiming for. Mick need to tone it down a bit with the whole blokey Aussie thing and the movie needed some serious horror movie tension.
I am sure many will disagree with me and will love Mick and his antics but for me, this movie missed the mark. Having said that, there were some great moments but sadly they were cut short so we could hear Mick rattle on with his one liners. What a waster opportunity….
Love Flick xx
Director : Greg Mclean
Starring : John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Phillipe Klaus, Ryan Clarke, Kate Englefield,
Running Time : 117 minutes
Release Date : 20 February, 2014