Greg Mclean

John Jarratt in WOLF CREEK 2

Director Greg McLean‘s 2005 feature debut, Wolf Creek, made a big splash in the horror community thanks to its cruel spirit and dark efficiency, and when he followed that up two years later with the underrated crocodile creature-feature Rogue it seemed genre fans had an exciting new talent to watch. And then six years passed without a peep from McLean. That dry spell finally comes to an end this week as Wolf Creek 2 hits American shores with a vengeance, but while it’s a bigger and bloodier affair it loses the elements that made the first film stand apart from the crowd. The gorgeous views throughout the Australian Outback continue to call their siren song to tourists the world over, and Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) couldn’t be happier about it. A pair of German backpackers are his latest targets, but when one escapes his grip and finds a good Samaritan (Ryan Corr) willing to help Mick’s plans for his unwilling bed buddy take a backseat to catching this latest do-gooder. And by “do-gooder” I of course mean unlucky sap.

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Wolf Creek 2

For better and worse, this trailer for Wolf Creek 2 looks like it was made in 1983. More than a companion to the 2005 nightmare that did for getting your car fixed by a stranger in the outback what Hitchcock did for showering with taxidermy enthusiasts, this sequel might make a great double feature with Razorback or some other deranged low-budget riff. Writer/director Greg Mclean returns to the world of the terrifying Mick Taylor (with his embodiment John Jarratt in tow) in order to torture more moronic hitchhikers. They must have not seen the first movie. Watch the trailer for yourself and confirm that Jarratt and Rutger Hauer need their own serial killer sitcom:

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Lionsgate is trying out a radical new approach to making movies – one in which you don’t spend a bajillion dollars producing, distributing, and advertising every film. Their new initiative, which focuses on what they’re calling microbudget films, is set to start releasing 10 films a year that all cost under 2 million dollars to produce. Seeing as the normal practice seems to have become releasing one film that costs 200 million to produce, you can see how this is such a change of pace for the industry. Lionsgate executive Joe Drake explained the strategy, “Microbudget films involve minimal overhead and very little risk, but a potentially high reward. This initiative allows us to add another layer to our slate of movies that work both financially and creatively.” That doesn’t seem so hard to figure out, make more movies for less money and each one becomes less of a risk, and you have more chances for something to hit big and recoup all your money. I sincerely hope it works out. The first three films to be produced under the initiative have been announced. The first is called Rapturepalooza, a comedy set after the religious apocalypse. It’s being directed by Paul Middleditch, written by Chris Matheson, and has Craig Robinson set to star. They refer to it as Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski in the press release, but that sounds too good to be true. If I was trying to sell movies that’s probably how I would describe everything. The […]

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