Sub-Genre: Backwoods, Survival, Torture Porn.
And now we enter the stretch of our Millennium Countdown where things get nasty...
Aussie Horror probably doesn't get enough credit for being as good as it is. Movies like Acolytes, Rogue, or The Tunnel never seem to break big, despite being excellent films. Wolf Creek is one Aussie Horror flick however, that actually managed to get some of the worldwide love and attention that it deserves.
Loosely based on the real life "backpacker murders" that occurred in Australia throughout the 90's and early 2000's, Wolf Creek is a nasty, bleak, and disturbing movie that pulls no punches with its story, and even fewer with its depiction of brutal violence. Head on a stick. That's all we're saying.
John Jarratt is brilliant as sadistic killer Mick Taylor, and his performance truly makes the movie more than just another Torture Porn flick. That's not to say that it wasn't well-made, or that the rest of the cast didn't do their jobs well (because it is, and they did), but there's just something about Jarratt that is haunting... and so very terrifying.
Fans of well-made, brutal films have probably already seen Wolf Creek, but it should definitely be on the top of everybody else's Watch List this Halloween Season. It's a modern day classic.
See you tomorrow with #21!