31 Days Of Hallowe'en: Wolf Creek (2005) 4 years ago

31 Days Of Hallowe'en: Wolf Creek (2005)

Welcome to JOE's 31 Days Of Hallowe'en. For each and every day of October, we'll be bringing you a horror movie to tuck into for the lead up to the big night. It could be new, old, an undiscovered gem, or a classic you'll have seen a thousand times. No matter what it is, we guarantee you that it is brilliant, and it is SCARY.

For Day 28, we're looking back over 2005's truly unsettling Australian thriller, Wolf Creek.

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The whole lost-in-the-middle-of-nowhere thing has been done to death.

The whole being-pursued-by-a-crazy-killer-for-no-understandable-reason has, also, been done to death.

However, Wolf Creek managed to merge the two of these two scary movie subgenres together into a perfect, prolonged marathon of horror because it felt so real, and the villain chasing down our genuinely innocent victims isn't your typical movie-monster.

And for that reason, "Mick" will go down in horror movie history.

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Clip via VVolfCreek

With the straight-forward depiction of violence and horror and the "based on a true story tagline", we're sure it put a dent in the backpacker tourist business in Australia for a little while.

Two female British tourists are travelling across the country with a male friend from Sydney, with their road trip bringing them to the creepy Wolf Creek meteorite site. They get out to get a proper look at it and return to their car to find it has been badly damaged. A stranger comes along and offers them a lift to the nearest town, and from there... well, you can imagine, this a horror movie, so things don't exactly go super well.

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Morphing from creepy road trip to out-and-out grindhouse-style survival horror, Wolf Creek had many "okay, I can't watch this anymore" moments, including the now infamous Head-On-A-Stick scene that will have the majority of the audience's stomachs doing somersaults.

And, again, we can't stress enough how creepy the Mick character is. You'll never accept a lift by a friendly face ever again. Not that you should be doing that to begin with...

Check out our previous recommendations below:

Day 1 - The Omen

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Day 2 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Day 3 - The Ring

Day 4 - The Invitation

Day 5 - Scream 2

Day 6 - It Follows

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Day 7 - Eden Lake

Day 8 - The Thing (1982)

Day 9 - Switchblade Romance

Day 10 - The Babadook

Day 11 - 28 Weeks Later

Day 12 - The Strangers

Day 13 - Friday The 13th (1980)

Day 14 - [REC] & [REC]2

Day 15 - Bone Tomahawk

Day 16 - Candyman

Day 17 - Green Room

Day 18 - 30 Days Of Night

Day 19 - The Blair Witch Project

Day 20 - The Descent

Day 21 - What Lies Beneath

Day 22 - The Others

Day 23 - The Birds

Day 24 - Don't Breathe

Day 25 - Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

Day 26 - The Fly (1986)

Day 27 - Train To Busan