Kernel Nick reviewed this delightful little romcom back in February but guess what happened yesterday? DVD release peeps! And those peeps at ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT give and give and are so generous to us that we have 5x copies for you to win. Find out after Nick’s review how to enter.
Salty Kernel, Nick Stanbrook, got the ultimate in review tickets that I was desperate to attend. The Sydney premiere of WOLF CREEK 2, which was at a drive in and for a car full of people. Intense, but sadly, for me, on a school night, two hours from home, and starting late. It would never work, so Nick slowly murdered all the other kernels and got his hands on the ticket. From us at Salty Popcorn a huge thanks to Roadshow for this ticket and invite, it was a perfect marketing release for this film. WOLF CREEK 2 is out now, runs for 104mins and is now rated R18+. Enjoy Nick’s review below…………all the best………JK.
REVIEW BY NICK STANBROOK
I have to get something off my chest before we start. I’m not a massive horror movie fan. Before you start accusing me of being a wimp, my dislike for horror movies is only partly due to that. It’s mostly because horror movies are generally bad. Just because a movie scares the crap out of you, doesn’t instantly make it an amazing movie. You still need story and character development, amongst other things.
I also have to set the scene. It’s a cold rainy night. We’ve been driving for an hour as we pull up to the drive-in cinema. We park and scan the scene, we only see what look like empty cars. We tune the radio, hearing crackles and hisses then the film begins, the music starts and so does the horror (the drive in was awesome, definitely recommend it, added the atmosphere!) (ED NOTE: Oh you the youth of today!! It was Friday nights back in my day and the best fun everrrrr, sneaking in, too much alcohol and hooking up with lovely people keen on just as much fun :))
Now to the film. Wolf Creek 2 has big shoes to fill. The original is widely regarded as one of the best and scariest horror movies to come out of Australia.
Wolf Creek 2 is both different and the same to the first. It shifts out of intense horror and moves into a more draining form of cinema.
Having an existing character as the villain means that there isn’t that slow build of distrust and tension as we learn about this threat. Wolf Creek 2 uses this already built character to launch straight into the action. Definitely the right way to start a sequel. The violence, the gore and the sick twisted nature of Mick Taylor is shoved in your face straight away.
It also builds on the already established Mick Taylor. While still emphasising the things that made him great. We are taken further into his world and see what he has been getting up to between films. Another strong point is Ryan Corr’s character Paul. We get to spend time with Paul and more than just following as he runs screaming. The relationship between Paul and Mick is really interesting. And is the basis of one of best and longest scenes of the movie.
Wolf Creek 2 looks good too. The landscape is vast and hopeless, the colour is earthy and desaturated, it draws you into the horror of being stranded with no hope of escaping. There is enough variance that the scenery does not become boring but enough constancy that it maintains it’s soul draining impact.
Wolf Creek 2 is very well made, there is no doubt about that. It is a good movie with some really tense scenes. The acting is great, John Jarrat is creepy as ever. Ryan Corr does really well, adding the right amount of humour and creating enough empathy to make a great character out of what could have been a very dull and generic character.
The main issue is that Wolf Creek 2 isn’t that scary. I think it’s a problem that arose from the villain being the main character. He is kind of interesting enough and funny enough that you don’t absolutely despise him. He is competely despicable, but you still want him around. There are moments of genuine fear. But not at the level of the first Wolf Creek.
This didn’t ruin the film though. It just made it different. Instead of fear, the main emotions were hopelessness and despair. The inability to escape. The lack of any hope. Or the glimpse of hope that is quickly taken away. It eats away at you during the course of the film, and the ending kind of suits. Instead of ending with a bang it kind of fizzles out. But it leaves you uneasy and questioning the idea that escape is the key to victory.
There is enough shock, gore and violence to keep seasoned horror fans happy. But the strong point of the film is shifting the source of the horror and tension. Instead of jump scares it uses despair. With an ending that will leave you uneasy and a little sick in the stomach.
With special thanks to ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT to win one of the 5x DVDs of WOLF CREEK 2 you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to answer the following question.
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