Horror in the outback sees the return of Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) in this sequel to Wolf Creek (2005), one of the more tense and nasty of the gorno horrors and one, that was, of course, ‘based on a true story…’
Mick Taylor is returning from a hunting trip when two corrupt highway patrol policemen falsely charge him with speeding. So he kills them, shooting the driver through the head which causes their car to crash, then burning the surviving cop alive inside the vehicle. Aside from this savage slaughter he has an altogether more specific hatred which he feels a brutal need to address. For Mick despises tourists, anyone foreign who dares to explore his beloved Australian landscape. Rutger Enqvist (Philippe Klaus) and his girlfriend Katarina Schmidt (Shannon Ashlyn) are on a hiking and camping holiday in the outback, trying to hitch-hike between their planned picturesque destinations. They visit the scenic Wolf Creek crater but, when they can’t find a ride to the next town, they camp in the outback and are found by Mick whose savage intentions result in Rutger’s death and the attempted rape and torture of Katarina. She escapes briefly, running onto the road where she is picked up by Brit Paul Hammersmith (Ryan Corr). In a moment of compassion, he offers her a lift and gives her hope that she might escape. But he soon finds out what has happened to her and becomes a target himself, with increasingly dire consequences and horrific revelations.
Wolf Creek 2 is, like its predecessor, a nasty but well constructed affair, with a thoroughly monstrous protagonist in the shape of Mick Taylor, an outback hick who treats his victims with derision as well as developing brutal means of dispatching them. These methods are deliberately overplayed, either in the depiction of bodies in pieces, of entrails removed from freshly butchered prey or – later – when we learn the fates of some victims who exist in his hidden dwelling but have not yet been allowed to die. His tortures range from the graphically gory to the graphically gory with a splash of humour, playing psychological games with Paul and even singing duets with him – distinctly Australian songs, of course.
More time is spent on the road in the sequel and Mick uses a variety of vehicles (including a horse in one sequence which adds to the macabre humour), to ensure that the bumping, chasing, crashing and exploding of cars and lorries place many of the characters in distinctly traumatic situations. Nowhere in the outback is safe from Mick and his psychopathic desires to fulfil his prejudices. These also have the effect of bringing hi-octane action scenes to contrast with the evisceration and slaughter.
So, a sequel that complements its savage original but with a larger budget. Deleted scenes have been included on the blu-ray edition – inserted into the narrative these would have placed some of the characters and situations in a broader context, but this would probably have over extended the film, although it was interesting to see them as extras. Good gross-out(back) graphic gruesomeness.