Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wolf Creek 2 - The Head on the Stick Has the Floor

Let's just give the briefest opinion of Wolf Creek 2. I had the chance to screen it recently, and I want to make sure that ya'll know, this is a fantastic, fun movie filled with the gore you adore and the sense of humor that is uniquely horror. The release I enjoyed was exactly what I expected to see though I must admit that I was worried. Sequels can exceed the original. I'm a Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 man myself. While I won't go as far as to say that it exceeded the original, it preserved Wolf Creek's voice and candor while painting a picture in deep rich splatter with unique elements of Ozploitation tropes (though to call it an Ozploit flick would be a stretch) and Aussie humor.

Synopsis from Wolf Creek 2's Facebook Page:

While seeking an authentic Australian adventure, one unlucky backpacker learns the deepest, darkest secrets of the Outback’s most infamous serial killer.

Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet; Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.


The Players: Mick Taylor is back. This is the same actor, John Jarratt, that you've seen play him before. He's perfect in this role and plays it well though this time we actually get a few more words out of him, complete with one-liners that will leave you with a mouthful of quotables. The victims are perfect ranging from stupid funny to heartfelt performances for which we can provide an ounce of sympathy.

The Scare: There are moments of that will shock the squeamish and get the "trapped in the cage" tickler going. If you can put yourself into the roles of some of the victims in Wolf Creek 2, you're in for a hard night that will leave your pulse a tad bit faster than it was before.

The B(lood) & G(ore): Yes. Yes. The torture porn -esque qualities of Wolf Creek are preserved nicely and alongside a few other releases that have hit or will grace the screen within a year's time, we are looking at a new mid-2000's full of brutality and keen insight into how our bodies can be creatively destroyed. Gore is flowing. Splat is back!

The Ta’s: Only a modicum of sexy time. Not why you really want to watch this movie anyway.

The Family Plot: We follow Mick rides again though with a few new settings, a bunch o' daylight photography and some new faces with which can interact. There is no intrigue save the standard slasher query, will the final girl/boy live?

The Finish: Was not entirely what I expected, but satisfying. Will Mick ride ... yet again? This is why you check it out.

The Art: the posters thus far haven't done it for me. The trailer on the other hand has juiced me.

The Scope: If this series is to continue I would be a happy horror fan. If it does not, I would be a happy horror fan. It represents the horror filmmaker understanding exactly what a fan could want from a sequel, but without the whole thing being forced. It's paced. Well thought out. Brutal. Fun. Gory. I'm not sure you'd take a date to it, but you won't make out with her the whole night. Your peepers will be stuck to the screen.

There you have it. Enjoy this release when it becomes available VOD and eventually on disc. I'll be picking it up, and it WILL make my top 10 movies of the year alongside Grand Piano. Sometimes you just know. Thank you Greg Mclean for coming back to do the sequel and making good on its promise. 

You have some time before it will full make its way to your eyeballs, but you should spend that time gathering your friends, finding your viewing locale and preparing your Mick Taylor tattoos artwork. 

AVAILABLE ON VOD: April 17, 2014

IN THEATERS: May 16, 2014

-Doc Terror

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