Sunday, June 15, 2014

REVIEW: Wolf Creek 2 (Image DVD) - Still One of the Best Horror Movies of the Year

A movie like Wolf Creek 2 has staying power, but that can be somewhat problematic because it may not feel as fresh the second time around. Wolf Creek 2 is a funny movie first and foremost, and the second viewing on a good looking DVD helps you to register the jokes you've seen the first time. It's a classic in the making and I recommend it to fans of the original picture and fans of the dreaded TP (that's Torture Porn for you newbies). I love the term. I embrace it. Wolf Creek 2 has elements of it, and is actually paced better than the original movie with juicy bits from the get go and plenty of laughs throughout. MIck Taylor has been realized as a potential candidate for the franchise tag.  The first time I saw this movie I knew it was going to be in my top 10 movies of the year, and it hasn't wavered yet. Greg McLean brings you Mick Taylor, some kangaroos and a guy who knows a lot about Australia. 

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.

I'm going to offer some of my thoughts from early this year on the picture, and then talk about the disc itself. I didn't have the chance to review the Blu-ray, but that format is also available.

Thoughts on the film:

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.

My first viewing was VOD in HD. This time around I'm working off a DVD copy which is good, but I'm sure the Blu-ray is probably a bit better. The DVD inclues a Making of Feature and deleted scenes. In this instance it's going to be difficult to top what's already in the movie as far as deleted scenes, but the making of feature is worth your time if you're a fan of the Wolf Creek series (I hope we get more). 

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.


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