Movie Review: Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

Published On May 31, 2014 » 2451 Views» By admin »

WOLF CREEK 2 movie poster -- exclusive EW.com imageThe outback version of Saw without the clever plot twists

2 Stars

The first thing I thought when I heard this was coming out was ‘there’s a Wolf Creek 1?’ Then, I checked it out and realized that the first one was made 10 years ago. What’s up with that? So many movies this year have been popping out sequels after a decade. Was this planned? The second thing I thought after I saw it was, “I am never going backpacking.”

To be fair, I never went to begin with, so it won’t be much of a loss.

In this gore filled gem, we meet again with Australian outback psycho Mick Taylor (John Jarrat) as he hunts down three backpackers who made the mistake of well, backpacking. Let’s be honest. There’s not much of a plot here. This is like the outback version of Saw without the clever plot twists.

There were some real frights in Wolf Creek 2. Jarrat himself is downright menacing as the charming one minute, stabbing the next, outback psycho. Unfortunately, he seems a bit cartoony in this effort.

It appears as though the makers are trying to somehow franchise this villain, much like Jason or Freddie Krueger. The problem with doing that is most horror fans have short attention spans. When you wait ten years to make a sequel, the fans have often completely forgotten the killer in the first place.

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Much like what happened with me, because I did see the first Wolf Creek! The thing is, it was a bit more menacing and a bit less ridiculous the first time around.

It seems that the director was going more for shock value in this rendition, and as a result, it just seems like killing for the sake of the gore. The first movie was had way more horror, with half the disgusting scenes.

There’s something a little Mad Max about our anti-hero and this cross country murder trek brings back memories of the Road Warrior. What it lacks was the one thing that made Mad Max…Mel Gibson before he went crazy.

Wolf Creek is nothing more than a new version of Australia based torture porn. Even worse, it’s not even good torture porn. It’s just gross and silly.

This is clearly an attempt at a franchise, and I have to admit I hope it fails. At least Freddy and Jason had their own redeeming back stories, clever quips and some kick ass props.

Seriously, who can look at a hockey mask the same way anymore?

But Wolf Creek 2, even though it’s a sequel, feels like it should be a one-off. This movie is a failed attempt to franchise an un-franchisable character.

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Let’s be honest; sometimes in Freddy and Jason movies, you wanted the bad guy to win. Sometimes it was because the victims were so annoying, other times it was just because they were so damn determined. But Mick Taylor isn’t a serial killer I can root for, not by a long shot.

If I’m going to get involved in a horror franchise, I at least need a serial killer that is likeable. Mick Taylor just doesn’t do that for me.  Watch the official trailer below.

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