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North Western Australia and  Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) drives around in his truck. If you cross his path, you’re gonna end up tortured, dead or both. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Wolf Creek 2 and really that’s what makes this sequel so much fun.

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This horror doesn’t really get focused until pretty late in the film. To begin with we get a nice opener when some crooked cops pulling over Mick for speeding (bad idea) and then we’re onto a couple of German backpackers that cross his path (doesn't end well), before winding up with an English surfer  Paul (Ryan Corr) and that's where the nasty ramps up a notch or three.  

The film plays by the usual rules and becomes a cross between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Spielberg’s Duel but these familiar steps are really only here to give the film a plot. What’s really going on here is generating Mick Taylor as the ultimate Aussie killer, taking out tourists every step of his way and being an all round messed up Australian legend.

Modern horror generally falls into three categories for me. 1) Pure scares with no room for chuckles, 2) Comedy based horror that is normally so chucklesome or ridiculous the horror falls flat and 3) The rare few that combine the two, so you sort of feel bad that you are enjoying them so much. Wolf Creek 2 slots nicely into the last category and even though Mick Taylor is a funny bastard, every single thing he does is gnarly enough for you to feel bad for enjoying being around him so much.

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It does help that all of his victims bring a bit more to the table than the usual scream and run away acting requirements. The German girl (Shannon Ashlyn) that Mick attacks looks like she’s genuinely losing her mind in fear at times, which makes Mick all the more scary and English guy Paul has a lot of charm and enough Tom Hardy-ness about him that his performance stands toe to toe with John Jarratt in his full wild Mick Taylor mode as the film reaches its gruesome final act.

Wolf Creek 2 was just a blast really and not one that runs out of steam. Its gruesome, it’ll make you wince at all the right moments but then it drops an Aussie line on you so well delivered you’ll crack more than a smile just before you’re wincing again. The gore is full on, the threat feels genuine and enough to put you off of getting lost in Australia, like ever and while the plot is thin, this really is about building the legend of Mick Taylor more than anything else. On that level it’s a total success because damn this guy is an absolute mental case (but you just can’t help but love him for it).

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Video


This soft but still pretty looking DVD presentation thrives on its natural light sources as it bakes under the hot Australian sun. This makes colours look vivid and strong and primaries such as red and blue really show off at times. The blood in the opening scene really leaps off the screen and the green foliage filling out the backgrounds as we head off road really makes the image feel alive.

Scenes with water and sunlight sparkle in all the right ways as sunlight dances around the landscape or wet skin and the dustier scenes give a nice sense of depth as the backgrounds are usually much sharper and bright to add a bit on contrast.

Even the darker grimier images are still well lit enough to thrive and while the HD presentation for this will no doubt excel, the DVD does a good job with what it has to play with.

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Audio


The audio presentation here is strong and lively. A good bit of soundtrack makes makes use of the rears and bass but dialogue is consistent throughout. Sloppy gunshots and stabbings sound gruesomely grim and icky and thumps, cracks and grinding (urrrggghhh the grinding) all sit nice and centrally to increase their impact.

Chirping birds and cars crunching over dirt roads add a nice realistic ambience and play in the front and rears to fill out the tracks depth and range a fair bit. The eerie, airy score sneaks in with varying levels of impact but consistently sets the uneasy mood of the whole affair.

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Extras


The ‘Making of Wolf Creek 2’ (51:00) is details and personal enough that its makes for an easy long watch. There’s a real sense of pride when it comes to Mick Taylor’s return and a sense they wanted his return to feel fresh and enjoyable and to be its own thing so not to disappoint fans of the original movie.

The ‘Deleted Scenes’ (24:51) are fairly sizeable too but nothing too drastically different from what we’re seeing in the film anyway.

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Overall


Wolf Creek 2 is a confident sequel that makes Mick Taylor a genuine horror icon (if he wasn't already). If there are further sequels, the makers will have to tread carefully that he doesn't slip into a caricature of what we love him for but for now this is Mick’s movie and despite his gruesome approach to life and those he meets along the way, he’s a joy to be around.

The disc is pretty great for a DVD release with some solid AV and a meaty documentary that more in depth than the usual fluff.


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