Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

Starring: Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, and Philippe Klaus

Homicidal Maniac: John Jarratt as Mick Taylor

Run time: 1:46:12

Quick Synopsis:  Tourist traveling through Australia find themselves at the mercy of serial killer Mick Taylor.

As you can tell from my review, I was a big fan of the of the original Wolf Creek.  While there were some positives to take away from the sequel, some of the better qualities of the original are lacking in this one.  Obviously it was not Mclean's fault the mystery was completely taken away due to the fact the audience now knows Mick Taylor's true intentions, however, this was not the only thing missing.  The original film introduced us to the characters and built them up as people the audience would want to care about.  This time around the build was nowhere near as strong.  The best way that I can put it is, the first film was about tourist who were attacked by a serial killer and the second one is
about a serial killer who attacks tourists.  I was as big a fan of the Mick Taylor character as anyone but what made him so great was the audience did not know much about him and I think that it should have stayed that way.  Additionally, just like Freddy Krueger became an antihero in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the focus in Wolf Creek 2 seems to be more on putting over Mick with a little too much comedy for a horror film.  This is not to say he is no longer entertaining, just that the sequel had no chance to live up to the original by going this route.  Once again the cinematography is great, with more wide shots of the Outback to give that feeling of isolation.  The increase in the budget also led to better effects and more impressive car chases that added an intensity to the film.  Sadly, this doesn't make up for what is missing from the original especially when you consider the flaws in the ending.  Wolf Creek 2 falls in to many of the same traps that take down other sequels to an awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: The actual speed limit in North Western Australia is actually 110km/h not the 100km/h that is suggested in the film.

Hidden Gem: The patrol car in the beginning of the film and another, different car later in the film have the same license plate: 1DUU347.

Total Kill Count:
Constable O'Connor- Ben Gerrard (8:00) Shot in Head with Sniper Gore Rating: 9
Sergeant Bulmer Jr.- Shane Connor (11:00) Caught on Fire Gore Rating: 5
Rutger- Philippe Klaus (31:00) Head Cut Off Gore Rating: 8
Katarina- Shannon Ashlyn (40:00) Shot in the Face Gore Rating: 8
Truck Driver- Ian Carpenter (48:00) Cut Up Offscreen Gore Rating: 5
Jack- Gerard Kennedy (1:05:00) Shot in the Back of Head Gore Rating: 7
Lil- Annie Byron (1:06:00) Shot in the Face Gore Rating: 5
Young Woman- Jordan Cowan (1:38:00) Hit with Hammer/Fall into Spikes Gore Rating: 6

             Horror Film: 6
             Entertainment: 7
             Gore: 8
             Overall: 6.75