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Wolf Creek 2 review

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· Explore the gore: Australian cinemas scariest moments

Director: Greg Mclean
Main Cast: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn
Duration: 104 minutes
Rating: MA15+
Release Date: 20 February, 2014

The New Daily says: Pig-shooter (and human killer) Mick Taylor is back, with an even heftier body count, in this ode to torture porn inspired by the true crimes of Ivan Milat and Bradley John Murdoch. For those brave enough to revisit the terror in the outback, it’s certain that Mick is what will be bringing them back. Watching him hunt down Aussie cops and German and English backpackers with a grunty chuckle and slouched Akubra is a guilty and gut-wrenching pleasure.

This feels more like a big budget action flick, with obligatory exploding cars, quick draw weapons and witty one-liners. The downgraded rating, for “bloody violence and coarse language”, also seems a little more mainstream. Fans of blood-soaked torment will be hoping for a return to gore. The rest of us might just be relieved to hear that the Wolf is a little tamer this time around.

Mick is everything we revile: racist, bogan, violent male. Perhaps peeking at his devilishness from between our fingers is a sort of catharsis – an exorcism of our cultural cringe.
Or maybe we just like having the bejeezus scared out of us by a true blue ocker drenched in red.

The Hollywood Reporter says: “WC2 can be expected to attract attention, but by any standards it lacks the third dimension of great horror films, which would somehow tie its lesson about evil in to people’s lives. This film is straight out of the bottle with no metaphoric or psychological pretensions.”

The Daily Telegraph says: “Rave reviews have been pouring in for Wolf Creek 2 after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.”

Variety says: “Neither as striking nor as scary as its predecessor, Greg McLean’s robustly crafted sequel is still quite a ride.”