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By Emily Booth, Friday 15th July 2016
Yes, you heard me, Saturday 16th July sees Australia’s archetypal psycho back on the hunt for more tourists to trap, torment and torture in the UK TV premiere of Wolf Creek 2! Back in 2005 came a terrifying film from Australia (based on real life murders) following three backpackers as they travel the outback, but after a trip to the renowned Wolf Creek crater, discover their car broken down, the sun is setting and they’re in the middle of nowhere. Enter Mick Taylor! The friendly, oh so helpful bushman who taught us not to accept help from the wrong stranger…What followed was a terrifying cat and mouse hunt with scenes of sadistic torment and torture that had horror fans reeling in pain and pleasure!
I think just one of the reasons Mick Taylor’s character works so well is that, albeit on a very extreme level he represents that person all of us have met or known at some point! A person you initially like and trust but who slowly reveals themselves to be a total nightmare, a leech, a hanger – on, someone you just can’t get rid of at best, and at worst someone who abuses your trust and won’t go away!!! Mick Taylor is at first a seemingly normal and helpful bushman going about his business, but as he lures his prey into his trap, he becomes more off kilter and unreasonable until he’s damn right terrifying. But this is a subtle process in the original film, which is why we get this sense of unnerving dread that’s incredibly believable. This chilling characterisation is what made the first Wolf Creek a hit, but wasn’t until 8 years later that the same director, crew and actors got together for the sequel and took the film in a slightly different direction upping the action stakes, humour, and ‘fun’ element of watching a horror.
Here Mick Taylor really does have an axe to grind as director Greg McLean amps up the motivation behind the attacks; xenophobia. Perhaps a very fitting film then in this current climate of racial instability in the West... This time its lone traveler Paul feeling the bushman’s wrath, under the full glare of the desert sun, this is one hot and heady thriller in the same vein as (but less serious than) The Hitcher. If you’re a fan of bloody action, car chases (or rather 18 wheeler smash ups!) and stunning stunts then don’t miss this fun roller coaster ride of a horror. Mick Taylor seems to have it in for everyone here, not even the local wildlife is safe as one hilarious albeit un-PC scene shows Taylor getting even with a gaggle of kangaroos!
Wolf Creek’s popularity has even spawned a TV series that was released just 2 months ago in Australia, following one of Mick’s victims who escapes and plots revenge against him! Let’s just hope this TV incarnation makes it to the UK soon, in the meantime join us on Saturday 16th 10.50pm for the UK TV premiere of Wolf Creek 2! I think it’s high time we let our hair down and have a little fun!
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