Wolf Creek

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Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film directed by Greg McLean.

Very Loosely Based on a True Story (well, several); two English backpackers named Liz Hunter (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy Earl (Kestie Morassi), plus an Australian one they pick up at a party named Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips), are heading out into the Australian wilderness to see the epononymous Wolf Creek; a crater formed by a meteorite impact. Once they've seen it and are leaving, however, they find that their car won't start. A seemingly friendly mechanic named Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) that seems to perfectly and flamboyantly embody every Australian stereotype rolls along and offers to tow their car back to his garage and fix their car for them. They accept; but it turns out he isn't so friendly.

...boy, were critics divided over this film. Some, such as Roger Ebert, regarded it as nothing more than reprehensible and misogynist exploitation; others, such as Peter Bradshaw, who is possibly the best example of a real-life snobbish, pretentious, impossible-to-impress Straw Film Critic in the world, regarded it as a masterpiece that redefined the horror genre. In any case, the film was a rolicking financial success, grossing $22,500,000 when its production costs were approximately a mere $1,000,000.

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