Nothing makes for good horror like events based on a true story. Well, so long as you're not remaking the true story movie with TV actors looking for a break into movies. Fresh into their solo venturing, the Weinstein Brothers offer up Wolf Creek which is not only based on a true story, it features college students on an outdoor excursion in the Australian Outback. How could it possibly go wrong?
Well, I'll leave that for you to discover if you dare, but the first sign of trouble might be the movie's release date: Christmas Day (a Sunday no less). The theater department at my University once held a performance of Cabaret on Easter Sunday. This doesn't seem any smarter. Well, its always best to draw your own conclusions, so check out the marketing desription, trailer and poster below.
The chillingly believable events begin as freewheeling, college-aged pals Liz (Cassandra Magrath), Kristy (Kestie Morassi) and Ben (Nathan Phillips) head out for a holiday hike in stunning Wolf Creek National Park to see its mysterious meteor crater. When they return, their car won’t start. Trapped in the vast emptiness of the wilderness – all they can do is wait for rescue. Luckily, as night falls, along comes colorful local bushman Mick (John Jarratt) and his massive truck, offering a tow to safety. But as the sun comes up the next morning, it becomes shockingly apparent that Mick has no intention of fixing their car or letting them leave the Outback...ever again.
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