I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of Wolf Creek 2 as part of Frightfest a couple of weeks ago and I have to say I was mightily impressed. I enjoyed the first Wolf Creek film but I had some reservations about a sequel, in my defense when it comes to horror, sequels tend to be a let down but I took a chance and I’m glad I did.
Australia’s resident serial killer Mick Taylor is back and this time Greg Mclean, writer and director, takes the story down a different path. I really was expecting to see a rehash of the first film but no, Wolf Creek 2 has more in common with Duel (1971) or The HItcher (1986).
We meet a young German couple, Rutger (possible nod to The Hitcher?) and Katarina who have travelled to Australia to visit the famous Wolf Creek crater. Unfortunately for them they run into Mick who wastes no time in turning nasty. I really liked the inclusion of subtitles in the first quarter of the film, it was unexpected and a brave move, considering how many people are put off by subtitles. Rutger meets a grisly end but Katarina is able to escape.
Enter Paul, played by Ryan Corr an Australian actor who does an almost perfect Brittish accent. Paul spots Katarina running towards the road and seeing she’s clearly in distress he pulls over. He gets her in the car although he can’t make sense of anything she’s saying because she’s both traumatised and speaking German.
Mick spies Paul and Katrina and gives chase in his truck and Paul manages to escape but the next day after running out of petrol Paul crosses paths with Mick again.
This cat and mouse game continues for the second half of the film culminating with Mick capturing Paul and keeping him confined in an underground dungeon.
The film manages to rack up victims for Mick in a very natural way and the tension is lightened by snippets of dark comedy throughout. It’s a well thought out film and keeps you guessing. If you are in two minds about whether or not to see Wolf Creek, I’d recommend it. It’s better than your average sequel.