Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Film Review: Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

Wolf Creek 2 (Review)
Australia/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...one of the most exciting horror films in recent memory."

Psychopathic marksman Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) ravages the Australian outback...

Wolf Creek 2 is a really simple horror film. The story begins by introducing Mick Taylor with a mind-blowing sequence. Then, it introduces us to a young German couple backpacking through the outback. After some gruesome fun, we're introduced to a friendly Brit, Paul (Ryan Corr). Regardless of who the story focuses on, the story is basically Mick Taylor trying to kill them. Fortunately, it's well-paced and well-balanced with different "brands" of horror. It leads to a great ending, too.

Getting past the hollow story, Wolf Creek 2 is a gruesome throwback horror film. There's some genuine tension build through dialogue, great suspense during the many chase scenes, and some ridiculous violence. And, it all blends very well to create a consistent and balanced horror film, as previously mentioned. I especially enjoyed the thrilling chases; there's also a pinch of disturbing torture, if you're a fan of that. Mick Taylor is to thanks for the brutality and tension of the film, but we also get to thank him for the black and cheeky humor.

Although none of the characters are particularly in-depth, the acting is good all-around. Ryan Corr does well in showing fear and pain, so that's something. John Jarratt, on the other hand, steals the show with energetic and irreverent performance; a performance you hate to love, but you have to. The music is mostly run-of-the-mill thriller music, but I loved the use of its licensed music. The film also looks great; loved the scenery. The special effects are mostly superb, I loved the gore and makeup; some of looks out of place, though. Director and co-writer Greg McLean may have a weak and hollow story, but he sure knows how to build suspense and execute thrilling set pieces.

Overall, Wolf Creek 2 is a great horror film. In fact, I think it's one of the most exciting horror films in recent memory. It filled to the rim with tension, suspense, thrills, and gore, and it's covered in a throwback style reminiscent of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and other similar classics. Well worth purchasing for those that do not mind a hollow story and horror movie logic.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some nudity.

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