Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wolf Creek

I hate horror movies. More truthfully, I'm scared of them. I saw Rosemary's Baby when I was a kid, and I ain't been the same since. So, when my wife qued up Wolf Creek from Netflix, I became a little nervous. I read the Netflix plot summary:

Writer-director Greg Mclean bases his first feature film on actual events in the Australian Outback, where three friends find their road trip cut short by a series of unexplained mysteries. Left stranded to fend for their own survival, the weary travelers dodge an ominous set of strange lights that seem to be targeting their every move. This official Sundance selection won critics' praise for its chillingly realistic approach to horror.

Okay, I thought. Maybe a sci-fi horror flick, or a low-budget thriller. "Srange lights" and "unexplained mysteries" are fine with me. So, I buttered up the popcorn and hit "play."

Sweet Jesus!

Wolf Creek is nothing like it was advertised by our buddies at Netflix. Here is my version:

Three friends travel to deserted Aussie Outback. Car breaks down. A badass Crocodile Dundee-type pretends to help them out, drugs them and then tortures and kills two of the three. Lots of knives, guns and blood. Enjoy.

Wolf Creek is neither original or interesting. It was closer to watching a snuff film. Skip it.

12 comments:

Hoyt said...

Done!

Off Route 75 said...

I thought you liked snuff films? ;)

Jackie Lantern said...

Yeah, it's a nasty trend that hopefully passes. All of these grindhouse horror movies that think brutally torturing, raping, and killing women is an expression of their "craft". This started and should have stopped with "Last House on the Left" in the 70's, but I guess the new generation of filmakers are excavating it. It's moviemaking at it's most lazy and exploitive, and if anybody knows lazy and exploitive it's me.

The Film Geek said...

Jackie, it was lazy. That is a good way to describe the movie. And lazy you ain't, my friend...I've seen the pics of the masonary work :)

Kelly said...

you big wuss!

7tenths said...

Haha, yeah horror movies really suck these days! Rosemary's Baby was classic! As were Psycho & Birds. I can only think of Saw & its sequel in terms of recent 'horror' movies that compare; although you could easily argue that they're thrillers (seriously, how do you separate the 2 categories? Number of pints of blood spilled?!).. Dawn Of The Dead was pretty good too (but that was also funny) & the first Jeepers Creepers wasn't too bad. I heard alot of buzz about Wolf's Creek, guess it's another over-hyped low budget wannabe flick! Thanks for the heads up (or should I say heads off)!

The Film Geek said...

7th...I liked Jeepers Creepers, and I really loved Saw! But I agree, determining which is a thriller and which is horror is hard. You may like Wolf Creek, but I do think it was overhyped.

Jackie Lantern said...

Thanks Film Geek >blushes<

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