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Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

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Wolf Creek 2 (2014)Starring John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus

Directed by Greg McLean


Australian people are mean! Movies like Turkey Shoot, Razorback and The Loved Ones have told me this. But there’s no meaner fictional down under death-dealer than Mick Taylor, an outback baddie first introduced in (you guessed it) Wolf Creek back in 2005. It’s taken him almost ten years to come back with a vengeance, but his knife and his wit are as sharp as ever.

Character actor John Jarratt returns as the sadistic serial killer and he delivers another peppery performance. His wicked laugh and his hoarse voice are still the perfect soundtrack to the cocking of his shotgun and the sharpening of his hunting knife.

But beware: a la Freddy Krueger, Chucky, et al, the antagonist is cartoony. While it’s more comedic than the first film, Wolf Creek 2 is still plenty brutal, bloody and balls-out. (Literally… some men will surely be crossing their legs during the movie.) I love animals, but I must confess I was laughing out loud during an outrageously crazy highway car chase in which several (CGI) Skippys find themselves under the wheels of Mick’s big-ass truck. As Mick speeds after a terrified victim (“Welcome to Australia, cocksucker!” he shouts gleefully), it feels a bit like Duel but with a whole heap of blood and crushed kangaroos.

Mick’s M.O. is about the same – find tourists, torture them, and then kill and butcher them. But he’s added a long, tedious Q&A to his repertoire. Although I am sure it’s not the entire second half, it felt like it as the movie dragged on and on with Mick’s cruel quiz, only to cop-out in an abrupt and nonsensical ending.

Still, I think the movie is worth watching – the horror effects are excellent, there is a high level of suspense in the first half, some genuine surprises, director Greg Mclean brings it as only he can, and it’s fun to see maniacal Mick back in evil action.

3 out of 5

Discuss Wolf Creek 2 in the comments section below!

Staci Layne Wilson

  • GODFLESH69

    Just watched this Jarratt once again gives an over the top performance as maniac Taylor. I didn’t find his dark sense of humor out of place he’s a twisted killer with personality. This one was even more brutal than the first but the ending didn’t do it for me. There’s a chase scene involving kangaroos that i wont forget good stuff overall but needed a better ending.

  • GODFLESH69

    I f’n hate it when they turn a great bad guy into a comical villain spouting one liners totally destroys the tone . It works for Chucky he’s a possessed doll just fits but so many others Freddy etc have been diminished by going in that direction. I loved Wolf Creek so hope i dont hate this been waiting a long time for this follow up!!!

  • Diavolo

    Unfortunately, this is how I imagined the sequel would turn out. Part of the reason that I liked the original was due to the believability of the killer; and now its seems like so many other horror antagonists, they are reduced to caricatures.
    Never mind, I’ll still always appreciate the original.

  • Terminal

    Zero knives for me. Despised this movie.