Jun 19 2009

I’m Sorry, But Wolf Creek Was Stupid

Published by at 2:00 pm under Movies,Reviews

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This isn’t a normal news item or a traditional review like you normally see here on Unreality, but whatever, it’s my site, I do what I want.

I’m writing this post because I recently just wrapped my 10 Best Horror Films of the Last 10 Years list, and recieved numerous comments telling me all the movies I missed. So far, I’ve gotten around to two of them, The Ruins and Wolf Creek. Outside of the fairly goofy murderous vines, I thought The Ruins was decent (but shouldn’t have made the list). Wolf Creek on the other hand? Ugh.

I’ve heard good things about Wolf Creek for a few years now, but after watching it, I’m convinced that people only liked it because A) people talked in funny accents and B) it’s allegedly a true story.

Well, I found the film to be jammed pack full of more cliches and plot holes than you can shake a giant hunting knife at, and I’ll ask for your help explaining them to me. Spoilers ahoy!

Plot Hole #1 - So how exactly did the watches stop and the car die at the Wolf Creek crater? Is it some effect because of the meteor? If that’s the case, you would think it would be common knowledge not to drive there. But later in the film Mick (the killer) says something about “taking the parts out of their car.” Did he mean when they were at his camp? Or did he mean when they were at the crater poking around? Considering he’s done this before with other people stranded at the crater, I would assume the latter, but he’s taking a pretty bold risk that they couldn’t see him doing it or hear his truck. Or maybe he’s just taking advantage of the meteor phenomena, I don’t know, but overall this just didn’t make any sense.

Annoying Cliche #1 - If he’s so damn experienced at this abduction  process, how does he manage to tie up two victims that escape within minutes? The first girl gets her gag out of her mouth instantly, and finds herself in a room filled with sharp objects to cut her plastic (plastic!) zip ties. The second guy wakes up with nails in his arms and pieces of twine holding him up. But once he gets his wrists of the nails he’s home free. It’s like the world’s easiest Saw game.

Annoying Cliche #2 – When the girl gets free, she goes to save her about-to-be raped friend. She takes a rifle, and grazes the killer in the neck (missing from about four feet away). Needless to say he collapses. I was about the raise my arms and cheer as she tried to shoot him in the head to make sure he was dead, but when the gun was empty, she didn’t grab any of the myraid of weapons laying around to finish the job, she weakly clubbed him in the back twice with the butt of the rifle. I hate this cliche more than anything else in movies. MAKE SURE. THE GUY. IS DEAD. Unless you’re holding his head on a spit, you can’t be too sure OK?

Plot Hole #2 - The girls assume he’s dead and leave in his truck (not taking any weapons for potential self-defense). They drive through the wilderness and get stopped by an abrupt cliff. Now, instead of turning around and driving until they hit, I don’t know, a road, a building, something. They decide to push the truck off the cliff in order to trick the killer into thinking they’re dead. It’s the greatest plan ever, until he drives out, looks at the truck, and sees they’re not in it.

Annoying Cliche #3 - Now truck-less, one of the girls sneaks back to camp (inexplicably leaving the other girl alone). When she gets there, instead of grabbing keys (or a goddamn weapon) she takes the time to look at the dude’s collection of victim photos he’s amassed. That would be fine, but then she sticks her eye inside two different video cameras to further collect evidence that yes, he planned this, yes he’s done it before. This is all while she’s in his dimly lit camp with zero idea where he is, and he probably got back there first since he had a car and she pushed hers off a cliff.

Plot Hole #3 - After Kangaroo Jack kills both girls, the dude they were with finally wakes up (he’s apparently been passed out for a full 24 hours I guess). He frees himself and does the only smart thing anyone’s done the whole movie, and runs away without dicking around with camcorders or keys or anything. The plot hole is the fact that he’s alive at all. If the killer keeps his victims alive to rape them, presuming he doesn’t swing the other way, why the hell keep the buff young dude alive and poorly restrained? It’s just asking to get revenge killed.

Annoying Cliche #4 - It’s annoying that this has the “true story” badge attached to it, as so many other horror movies do. The “true story” it’s referring to is a guy in Australia who was convicted of killing seven tourists, although the number could have been even higher, like 37, which would have made him the worst killer in Aussie history. That’s actually not that bad of a true story to base this off of, but the problem I have is the end text where they say “police found no evidence of the girls” and the kid who got away “was held for four months under suspicion and released, and the murders were never solved.” In real life the guy was caught and sent to jail, and did not end up wandering the Australian desert as an urban legend.

Sure, Wolf Creek isn’t the worst horror movie ever, but it’s definitely not worthy of all the praise it gets. It’s cool that it takes place in Australia and is somewhat based on a mostly true story. The most original part of the film for me was the killer himself, it’s a personality type you wouldn’t normally associate with a  typical horror movie murderous psychopath. I just wish the film didn’t have to be so damn dumb all the time, and it has some of the worst examples of the cliches that seem to permanently plague the horror genre.





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12 responses so far

  • Ian

    Thank you!!! This is literally the only movie I have ever walked out of. It took like 45 minutes before ANYTHING happened, and then it was just stupid. God bless you sir, you are truly a saint

  • Mike

    I’m actually pissed you didn’t say this was the worst horror movie of all time. Thankfully I saw this in theaters when I was younger with a bottle of vodka to make this actually enjoyable.

  • atb

    There are “fans” of Wolf Creek? Christ… You have to be braindead to like a movie that bad.

  • chelsea

    i agree with you. i went and saw this in the theater as a joke with a friend. the lady who sold us the tickets literally said “you will not get a refund for this movie. we have had many complaints from customers walking out and wanting a refund. are you sure you want a ticket?”

    i went, because i can sit through any movie. but i do agree, it was laughable, not scary and annoying.

  • MacGyver1138

    I impulse bought this movie used for a penny (thank the local video store for a buy two used, get one for a penny deal) and I wanted a refund. I had heard good things about this, and I am always on the lookout for good horror films, but I was thoroughly underwhelmed. The only redeeming point was that the killer was not your typical slasher movie villain.

  • Madison

    I saw this in the theater with a few friends; every single one of us hated it. It wasn’t the least bit scary, and the characters weren’t worth caring about at all. Definitely one of the worst I’ve seen in theaters, regardless of genre.

  • Adam

    Not that I enjoyed Wolf Creek. But to claim it is a movie like this which ‘plagues the horror genre’ is way off the mark. Let’s face it. The horror genre has a whole has become one big cliche (at least in America). This is because there are few good directors or writers involved in such films. Just look at the rubbish which has been spewed out of hollywood over the last two decades. The plot holes you point out in this movie would be increased 10-fold in any other horror movie. And if you are correct in saying that people liked this film because the actors had funny accents and that it is allegedly true, then I genuinely worry for young American modern-horror movie fans. Anyone with any general knowledge of what they were talking about would know that the movie wasn’t based on anyone imparticular, just the people that go missing in rural Australia each year. And if they are thinking an Australian accent is ‘funny’ then they are only proving their own stupidity to a further extent.
    I think the main problem is that people are making horror movies with the intention of making a film within the horror genre. If they spent their time actually trying to make something original and engaging then modern day horror flicks from America might become less of a joke. (Note that I’m targeting America because good horror movies are still coming from other countries)

  • Steph

    I’m 12 i watched Wolf Creek and laughed when the girls fingers get chopped off. Is it really supposed to make me scared oh and i have also watched nighmare on elm street its not scary either its just weird. and whats up with geepers creepers i mean, geepers creepers where’d you get those peepers i mean come on!!!

  • Daffyd K Jones

    Thank you. This was one of the stupidest movies I have ever seen. When the girl wanderedback into the killer’s lair, and randomly stopped to leisurely browse the photo collection and spend five minutes looking at the video camera, I was already screaming at the screen in frustration.

    By the time they reveal that the killer has somehow managed to get silently into one of the cards, which somehow happens to be the one the girl chooses to escape in, I had given up on the whole ludicrous pile of shite

  • Jack

    There was only one surviver, ben who escaped but they only knew his side of the story not the girls. The girls was made up, if you saw in the recording that the killer was following. Once they walked to wolf creek mike took out the coil so the car wouldnt start. So the girls roles were made up (i think).

  • johnwaynman

    Wow, lots of jaded toughasses in this thread, eh?

    A movie with this level of realistic acting and intimidating villain can’t be the “worst horror of all time”, guys – don’t even think about it.
    The lame plot devices do their lame job of providing excuses for the scenes they wanted to show, that’s true (or maybe it was conceived as a form of relief?), but the scenes in question… if you really call this even a “bad” film, you probably haven’t seen any actually bad slasher movie in your life, and shouldn’t be pretending to be your ol’ cynical jaded horror buffs for sure.

  • Shar

    Mmmm horror maybe not, but neither is Evil dead 1,2 & 3 – Texas chainsaw, saw (lost count) elm street, hills have eyes list goes on and on and on. Ratings for horror did it make you jump? Did it have lots of blood and gore. As for speaking funny, really that’s like saying texans speak funny compared to someone from New Jersey. All the same cliches as 1000s of Yankee horror films that claim to be the best. Did it make tourists think twice about travelling through the Aussie outback about the same as travelling through Texas

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