For anyone who may have missed it, WOLF CREEK was amongst 2005's best horror films - if not altogether the absolute best genre offering of that year! It was brutal, sadistic, suspensful and violent, but it was also well-acted, beautifully shot and the directing (from Greg Mclean) was spot on. The film followed a group of stranded backpackers in remote Australia who fell prey to a murderous bushman named Mick Taylor who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive. Bloodshed and mayhem ensued. Fans of the film were chomping at the bit to see more of John Jarrett's diabolically evil Mick Taylor and now, after eight long years, battles with investors, and other projects for Mclean and company, we are finally getting what we wanted.
The sequel, titled cleverly enought WOLF CREEK 2, began lensing this week in South Australia, helmed by returning director Greg Mclean and working from a script by Mclean and Aaron Sterns. Jarrett returns as Mick and is joined onscreen by Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, and Philipe Klaus.
Mclean had a few words to say about the production and his enthusiam about working with the cast. “It’s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor. We’ve assembled a phenomenal cast and crew who are all working incredibly hard to deliver an even more thrilling ride than the first movie. It’s bigger, badder and should be a wild experience for audiences all over the world.”
So what's ol' Micky up to this time? Read on for the film company synopsis:
Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet; Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.
WOLF CREEK 2 is easily one of our most anticipated films and will be distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films while international sales are being handled by Arclight Films. We'll keep you updated on the filming as the news comes in.