Sunday, 27 October 2013

"Obviously you don't know the first rule of the Outback hero, you never ever stop."

After years in development hell, Wolf Creek 2, Greg Mclean's sequel to his infamous 2005 original, finally went before the cameras earlier this year. John Jarratt is back as the cackling Outback serial killer Mick Taylor, and following the film's auspicious debut at this years Venice Film Festival, we now have our first proper trailer, reminding us that in life, it's not what path you choose, it's whose path you cross...





Wolf Creek saw a group of backpackers falling foul of Jarratt's horribly matey nutcase, but if that set-up seems generic, the film itself cleverly played with audience expectations. It knew what you thought was going to happen, and always did something else. Talk immediately turned to a sequel when Wolf Creek became Australia's biggest hit of 2005, and its biggest adult-rated movie of all time. Mclean felt he'd cracked a workable screenplay by 2010, but it's taken this long to get the thing up and running.

Wolf Creek 2 sets up yet another group of unwitting young travellers, but the response from those who've seen it suggests a slightly bigger scale this time round. We're out of the Outback and onto the highway, with at least one major sequence that's drawing comparisons to Steven Spielberg's Duel (1971). There are chunks of that in the clip, including what looks like the punchline to the whole sequence. Hopefully it's not too much of a spoiler.

Mick's also as chatty as ever, although he seems to have picked up a nationalist doctrine that we don't remember from first time out. There's still the matey advice and homespun wisdom among the ranting though and of course, there's that inimitable laugh.




Jarratt's co-stars (or should that be victims) include Ryan Corr and Shannon Aslyn. Wolf Creek 2 is out in Australia and Italy in February, with the rest of the world still awaiting its release dates.

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