Wolf Creek (2016)


John Jarratt (Django Unchained)
Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant)
Matt Day (Scoop)

John Jarratt in Wolf Creek (2016)


Josephine Langford (Wishh Upon)
Felicity Price (The Gift)
Christopher Kirby (Iron Sky)
Ben Oxenbould (Black Water)
Julian Pulvermacher (Superman Returns)
Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit)
Adam Fiorentino (Neighbours)
Laura Wheelwright (Wakey Wakey)

John Jarratt in Wolf Creek (2016)It’s a simple enough premise – gather a group of excited tourists and send them off into the unknown, only to have them encounter a great evil that will see the end of most if not all of them. When the unknown is the Australian outback and the evil is Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) past history tells us it’s going to be scary and bloody pretty darn freaky. Welcome back to Wolf Creek for season 2.Matt Day, Felicity Price, Julian Pulvermacher, and Tess Haubrich in Wolf Creek (2016)Jarratt is at his ominous best reprising the man with the most sinister laugh in modern film. He inhabits a character that is now as terrifyingly ubiquitous as Freddy Kreuger – a demon killing machine native to a vast universe where he rules with a rifle/shotgun/pistol/knife/bar of soap/his bare hands and does so with complete ease. He’s also the only man who could get away with those sideburns because anyone who suggests they’re out of fashion is surely about to breathe their last. Taylor stumbles across the tourist group and their guide Davo (Ben Oxenbould) at a local roadhouse and it’s at this point that you realise their fates are sealed – Mick doesn’t play well with others. Our new friends, of course, remain blissfully unaware of his intentions until it’s too late.John Jarratt in Wolf Creek (2016)They’ve all come on this journey for their own reasons. Rebecca (Tess Haubrich) & Danny Michaels (Charlie Clausen) are Americans looking for a different adventure and hoping to rekindle their romance, though Brian Neilson (Matt Day) causes tension through his obvious attraction for Rebecca. Canadian friends Kelly (Laura Wheelwright) and Michelle (Elsa Cocquerel) quickly befriend couple Steve (Jason Chong) and Johnny (Adam Fiorentino). The German Weber family – Oskar (Julian Pulvermacher), Nina (Felicity Price) and Emma (Josephine Langford) – are looking to learn more about their this wide brown land that is their new home. Blogger Wade (Elijah Williams) is after more content; Bruce (Christopher Kirby) is ex-military and looking to unwind and clear his head; and Richie (Stephen Hunter) is the awkward bus-spotter with few social skills who is just happy to be on the coach.The ensemble cast remain true to the trope of an ever-diminishing group at Mick’s direct/indirect hand, though each ending is nowhere near as gruesome as the past series (or movies). What has increased is the anticipation and the number of jump scares. This strays far deeper into thriller territory, with clever use of location, lighting and story to fragment the group, playing directly into Mick’s calloused hands. Right to the final minutes this second series draws you in and invests you in the fate of each character. Jarratt’s Mick is without question the star of this show and diabolical as ever. The rest of the cast lean a little too heavily into their roles, though the benefit to the audience is building a big character always leads to a big demise. Haubrich is reflects the insanity of the situation well as she pushes her Rebecca to grapple with escape, fear, survivor guilt and determination to see the end of her tormentor.MV5BMThiMjMyMmUtMjcwMC00NjAxLWI0MDMtMmEwN2UzYTExNjIzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzUwMTgwMw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,733,1000_AL_Creator Greg McLean returns to the showrunner’s chair for season two of the Stan series and has this time shown a deftness and lightness of touch that retains the brooding darkness while ramping up the tension. He also directs two eps, sharing responsibilities with Kieran Darcy-Smith & Geoff Bennett. Like all thriller/horror series hitting their second season every cast member is up for grabs and can go from life to death in a nanosecond – which in itself is what makes this season even more enjoyable: you know they are gonna die you’re just not sure how or when, and while you’re attached to them there’s always the question of “Where’s Mick and what is he gonna do?”. Not too gory, not too bland – this serving of WOLF CREEK is just right and is a perfect evening’s binge/antidote to what can often be an overly-saccharine silly season.




John Jarratt (Wolf Creek)
Chris Haywood (Shine)
Sacha Horler  (The Dress Maker)
Charlie Jarratt (Stalkher)
Craig McLachlan (Home and Away)
Jessica Napier (Ghost Rider)
Angela Punch McGregor (The Principal)
Rebecca Smart (Water Rats)

Savages-Crossing-2011-Movie-7A motley group of strangers are all forced to seek refuge in a remote outback roadhouse due to severe flooding caused by a fierce torrential downpour. However, one of these people proves to be every bit as dangerous as the fierce storm that’s raging outside. Savages-Crossing-2011-Movie-5Director Kevin James Dobson, working from a compact script by John and Cody Jarratt, keeps the absorbing story moving along at a brisk pace, creates and sustains a substantial amount of claustrophobic suspense, maintains a hard gritty tone throughout, and makes good use of the isolated outback setting. Moreover, Dobson’s taut and economical style doesn’t waste a single minute and thus ensures that there’s never a dull moment. . A must see for fans of Wolf Creek.dafad35ae1cf2e81fe34697d02164b16




Nicole Kidman (Stoker)
Hugh Jackman (Chappie)
David Wenham (Van Helsing)
Bryan Brown (F/X)
Jack Thompson (Leatherheads)
Ben Mendelsohn (the Dark Knight Rises)
Essie Davis (Burning Man)
Barry Otto (The Punisher 1989)
John Jarrett (Wolf Creek)
Bruce Spence (Mad Max 2)

In 1939, Lady Sarah Ashley travels from England to northern Australia to force her philandering husband to sell his faltering cattle station, Faraway Downs. Her husband sends an independent cattle drover, called “Drover”, to transport her to Faraway Downs. Lady Sarah’s husband is murdered shortly before she arrives, and the authorities tell her that the killer is an Aboriginal elder, “King George”. Meanwhile, cattle station manager Neil Fletcher is trying to gain control of Faraway Downs, so that Lesley ‘King’ Carney will have a complete cattle monopoly, giving him negotiating leverage with an Australian army officer, Captain Dutton, who wants to buy the cattle.

The childless Lady Sarah is captivated by the boy Nullah, who has an Aboriginal mother and a white father. Nullah tells her that he has seen her cattle being driven onto Carney’s land — in other words, stolen from her. Because of this Fletcher mistreats Nullah and threatens him and his mother, so Lady Sarah fires Fletcher and decides to try to run the cattle station herself. When Nullah and his mother hide from the authorities in a water tower, his mother drowns. Lady Sarah comforts Nullah by singing the song “Over the Rainbow” from the film The Wizard of Oz. Nullah tells her that “King George” is his grandfather, and that like the Wizard, he too is a “magic man”.
Lady Sarah persuades Drover to take the cattle to Darwin for sale. Drover is friendly with the Aborigines, and therefore shunned by many of the other whites in the territory. It is revealed that he was married to an Aboriginal woman, who died after being refused medical treatment in a hospital because of her race. Lady Sarah also reveals she is unable to have children. Drover leads a team of six other riders, including Lady Sarah, Drover’s Aboriginal brother-in-law Magarri, Nullah, and the station’s accountant Kipling Flynn, to drive the 1,500 cattle to Darwin. They encounter various obstacles along the way, including a fire set by Carney’s men that scares the cattle, resulting in the death of Flynn when the group tries to stop the cattle from stampeding over a cliff. Lady Sarah and Drover fall in love, and she gains a new appreciation for the Australian territory. The team drive the cattle through the dangerous Never Never desert. Then, when at last delivering the cattle in Darwin, the group has to race them onto the ship before Carney’s cattle are loaded.Afterwards, Lady Sarah, Nullah, and Drover live together happily at Faraway Downs for two years. Meanwhile, Fletcher kills Carney, marries his daughter Cath Carney, takes over Carney’s cattle empire, and continues to menace Lady Sarah. It is established that Fletcher was the actual murderer of Lady Sarah’s husband, and is also Nullah’s father. Nullah is drawn to go on a walkabout (a rite of passage) with his grandfather “King George”, but is instead taken by the authorities and sent to live on Mission Island (a fictitious island, but inspired by Bathurst Island) with the other half-Aboriginal children (dubbed the “Stolen Generations”). Lady Sarah, who has come to regard Nullah as her adopted son, vows to rescue him. Meanwhile, she works as a radio operator in Darwin during the escalation of World War II. When the Japanese attack the island and Darwin in 1942, Lady Sarah fears that Nullah has been killed. Drover, who had quarrelled with Lady Sarah and left, returns to Darwin and hears (mistakenly) that she has been killed in the bombing. Drover learns of Nullah’s abduction to Mission Island, and goes with Magarri and a young priest to rescue him and the other children. Meanwhile, Lady Sarah is about to be evacuated, but when Drover and the children sail back into port at Darwin, and Nullah plays “Over the Rainbow” on his harmonica, Lady Sarah hears the music and the three are reunited. Fletcher, distraught at the ruination of his plans and at the death of his wife killed during a Japanese air strike, attempts to shoot Nullah, but is speared by King George and falls dead. Lady Sarah, Drover, and Nullah return to the safety of remote Faraway Downs. There, King George calls for Nullah, who returns to the Outback with his grandfather.The reason this film got bad reviews was simple… people took it the wrong way. Some reviewers were saying that people were laughing in the cinema at the beginning, well so was I. Because it’s funny. It’s  intentionally  funny. Baz Luhrmann himself stated that he tried to put a bit of everything in this film including  comedy as well as drama. If you’ve seen Baz’s films before and loved them then you’ll love this. Like Moulin Rouge, it begins humorously before taking you through a roller coaster of emotions to moments of extreme sadness and tension. It looks beautiful and it’s played beautifully by all of the actors. Basically this is Baz Luhrmann’s nod to the old classics. If you think they don’t make films like they used to, this is highly recommended. Don’t take it as fact, just let yourself enjoy it and you’ll soon be swept along with the story.



John Jarratt (Django Unchained)
Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy)
Dustin Clare (Spartacus)


Deborah Mailman (Offspring)
Maya Stange (Love In Limbo)
Damian De Montemas (In The Red)
Miranda Tapsell (The Saphires)
Robert Taylor (The matrix)
Richard Cawthorne (10 Terrorists)
Rachel House (The Dark Horse)
Jessica Tovey (Wanderlust)
Alicia Gardiner (Fergus McPhail)
Fletcher Humphrys (Rush)

Mick Taylor’s  murderous rampage continues in a new six-part small screen spin-off. The producers understand it needed to start hard, fast and gore-splattered, lest the target demographic find their slaughterhouse thrills elsewhere – in competition like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. Wolf Creek’s protagonist is now 19-year-old American college student Eve (Lucy Fry), who is in the outback on holiday with her parents and brother. Mum, dad and bro get minced post-haste by Mick (the running time barely clocks double digits), who chortles, snarls and makes jokes to himself, clearly chuffed to be back on screens.

Eve escapes the (very literal) chainsaw, more or less unscathed. But the cop assigned to her case, Detective Sergeant Sullivan Hill (Dustin Clare) proves less than helpful. Early on we learn Eve is battling an addiction to painkillers, setting the story up with an internal/external horror juxtaposition: she must confront the demons inside herself while dealing with the very tangible spectre bloodying up the dust-caked neighbourhood. Instead of returning to the US, she resolves to find Mick and get revenge. The format is not quite hunter-becomes-hunted, given the villain is hardly the kind of character to run away or be intimidated.

The first episode establishes Lucy Fry’s performance in the nobody-left-to-turn-to lead role as killer, in more ways than one, material. Her pig-headed problem-solving presence is countered by Jarratt’s maniacal carefree glee. But like the shark in Jaws, the writers (Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard) keep him as an ace up their sleeves, the trump card to play when pace might have otherwise lagged. It’s clear early on we’re going to have to wait for a direct showdown between the two main characters; the series is geared towards that as an endgame.

Wolf Creek boasts considerable gnarly thrills and the staging is consistently impressive. A great series for the Wolf Creek Franchise.




John Jarratt (Django Unchained)
Ryan Corr (Where The Wild Things Are)
Shannon Ashlyn (The Road Home)
Philippe Klaus (Kill Your Sons)
Shane Connor (Neighbors)
Ben Gerrard (Dream The Life)

In North Western Australia, highway patrol officers Gary Bulmer (Shane Connor) and trainee Brian O’Connor (Ben Gerrard) are parked by an outback highway and are desperate to meet a quota for speeding tickets. Mick Taylor (John Jarratt), a pig hunter, drives past going under the speed limit and they pull him over, claiming he’s going over the speed limit. After belittling and insulting Mick, the two officers give him a speeding ticket and an order to get rid of his truck. Annoyed at their rudeness and arrogance, Mick promptly uses his sniper rifle to splatter O’Connor’s head as the officers drive away, causing the cruiser to crash in a gully. Despite Bulmer’s pleas, Mick breaks his leg, stabs him with a bowie knife and places the fatally wounded officer back in the car before dousing it with petrol and setting it alight, burning Bulmer alive.

A young German couple, Rutger (Phillipe Klaus) and Katarina (Shannon Ashlyn), hitchhike from Sydney to Wolf Creek Crater and camp nearby. In the middle of the night, Mick is driving by and sees their tent in the distance. He offers them a lift to a caravan park so they do not get charged for camping in a national park. When Rutger insists on declining his offer, Mick loses his temper and stabs Rutger in the back. He then ties down Katarina and prepares to rape her, but a wounded Rutger comes back and battles Mick. He is eventually overpowered and decapitated. Horrified by her boyfriend’s death and the notion of spending “a few long, fun months” with Mick, Katarina faints. She later wakes up to see Mick cutting up Rutger’s body to feed to his dogs. She flees into the bush and Mick pursues her in his truck.

Paul (Ryan Corr), an English tourist, is driving along the highway and stops for Katarina standing in the road. He picks her up, but Mick follows them. He shoots at Paul, but accidentally kills Katarina instead when Paul ducks under the shot, much to Paul’s horror and Mick’s dismay. Paul then drives off, dumping Katarina’s body and covering it with just a sleeping bag at daybreak. He then reaches a highway, but realising he is off course and has low fuel, tries to flag down a truck in the distance. He soon realises that Mick is driving the truck, having (presumably) killed the original driver. After a long chase, Mick nudges Paul’s vehicle at a cliff side, sending it rolling down into a valley, then sends the truck hurtling down into Paul’s vehicle which explodes as he barely escapes. Exhausted and dehydrated, Paul passes out near an outback cottage and is given food and shelter by elderly couple Jack (Gerard Kennedy) and Lil (Annie Byron). They plan to take Paul to the nearest town after he has eaten, but Mick finds the house, steals one of Jack’s guns and shoots Jack and Lil dead. Paul then flees again, while Mick follows him on Jack’s horse. He catches Paul hiding in the grassland and knocks him out.

Paul wakes up in Mick’s dungeon, zip-tied to a chair. Mick is furious at Paul for his role in Katarina’s death and prepares to torture him, but Paul pacifies him with his “English wit” by narrating bar jokes and leading Mick in drinking songs that he claims he learned at boarding school. Mick’s torture for Paul consists of a ten question quiz about Australian culture and history, with a promise to free him if he answers five of them correctly. However if Paul gets a question wrong, he loses a finger. Paul answers the first two questions and reveals that he is a history major. After he gets the next question right as well, an annoyed Mick (incensed by Paul’s knowledge) grinds off one of his fingers with a sander. During the next question, Paul tricks Mick into cutting his other hand free by deliberately answering incorrectly (and losing another finger), then grabs a nearby hammer and clubs Mick with it. He then flees through the tunnels, pursued by an injured Mick. Paul finds several decayed corpses of Mick’s victims and a severely emaciated woman (Jordan Cowan) woken by him begs to be freed. Eventually he finds an exit, but notices a sheet on the ground directly in front of it.

Lifting it up, he finds a Punji stick trap underneath and considers trying to jump over it. He hears someone coming and hides in a corner, assuming that it is Mick coming to get him. When the person who approaches walks past the corner, Paul then knocks the person into the trap with the claw hammer, killing them. But when he looks down to see what he thinks is Mick’s corpse, he discovers it was just the woman he encountered earlier. Immediately afterwards, Mick finds and subdues Paul. After declaring himself “the winner” and lecturing how “It’s up to my kind to wipe your kind out”, Mick head-butts him unconscious.

When he wakes up, Paul finds himself on a footpath in a small town, dressed only in his underpants and with wounds across his body. He finds a piece of paper near him which reads “Loser”, and he is soon apprehended by the police. A series of title cards reveal that despite his claims of a crazed gunman hunting tourists in the Australian Outback, British tourist Paul Hammersmith was initially listed as a probable suspect in a series of unsolved murders in the Wolf Creek area. Despite the investigation, he suffered a complete mental breakdown and was deported to the UK and placed in full-time care at Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside. He is currently listed as a permanent resident. The film ends in a manner similar to the previous film, with Mick Taylor walking off into the outback with his rifle.

Wolf Creek 2 is a great watch and will no doubt have you winching and willing the characters to “get out of there!”. The final act is something special and is arguably the high point of both movies.




John Jarratt (Django Unchained)
Cassandra Magrath (Ocean Girl)
Kestie Morassi (Darkness Falls)
Nathan Phillips (Snakes on a Plane)

In Broome, Western Australia, 1999, two British tourists, Liz Hunter (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy Earl (Kestie Morassi), are backpacking across the country with Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips), an Australian friend from Sydney.They constantly get drunk at wild, extravagant pool parties and camp out on the beach. Ben buys a dilapidated Ford Falcon for their road journey from Broome to Cairns, Queensland via the Great Northern Highway. After stopping at Halls Creek for the night, the trio make another stop at Wolf Creek National Park, which contains a giant crater formed by a 50,000-ton meteorite. While exploring the crater, Ben and Liz kiss.

Hours later, upon returning to their car, the group discovers that their watches have all suddenly stopped and that the car will not start. Unable to solve the problem, they prepare to sit out the night. After dark, a rural man named Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) comes across them and offers to tow them to his camp to repair the car. Initially hesitant, the group allows Mick to take them to his place, an abandoned mining site several hours south of Wolf Creek. Mick regales them with tall stories of his past while making a show of fixing their car. His manner unsettles Liz and Kristy, although Ben is less concerned. While they sit around a fire, Mick gives the tourists drugged water which he describes as “rainwater from the top end”. The water eventually causes the tourists to fall unconscious.

Liz awakens late the next afternoon to find herself gagged and tied up in a shed. She manages to break free as night falls, but before she can escape from the mining site, she hears Mick torturing Kristy in a garage, and witnesses him sexually assault her. Liz sets the now-dismantled Falcon on fire to distract him, and goes to help Kristy while Mick is busy trying to extinguish the blaze. When he returns Liz manages to shoot Mick with his own rifle, the bullet hitting him in the neck and apparently killing him. The women attempt to flee the camp in Mick’s truck. But before they can do so, Mick stumbles out of the garage, revealing the gunshot was somehow not fatal and that he is still alive. He proceeds to shoot at them with a double-barreled shotgun before giving chase in another truck. The girls evade Mick by rolling his truck off a cliff and hiding behind a bush, before returning to the mining site to get another car. Liz leaves the hysterical Kristy outside the gates, telling her to escape on foot if she does not return in five minutes.

Liz enters another garage and discovers Mick’s large stock of cars as well as an organised array of travellers’ possessions, including video cameras. She watches the playback on one of them and is horrified to see Mick “helping” other travellers stranded at Wolf Creek in almost identical circumstances to her own. She then picks up another camera which turns out to be Ben’s, and while viewing some of Ben’s footage, she notices Mick’s truck in the background, indicating he’d been following them long before they got to Wolf Creek. She gets into a car and attempts to start it, but Mick shows up in the back seat and stabs her through the driver’s seat with a bowie knife. After more bragging and furious about his truck getting wrecked, he hacks three of Liz’s fingers off in one swipe, and headbutts her into near unconsciousness. He then severs her spinal cord with the knife, paralyzing her and rendering her a “head on a stick”. He then proceeds to interrogate her as to Kristy’s whereabouts before killing her (offscreen).

By dawn, a barefoot Kristy has reached a highway and is discovered by a passing motorist. He attempts to help Kristy, but is shot dead from far away by Mick, who has a sniper rifle. Mick gives chase in a fast Holden HQ Statesman, prompting Kristy to take off in the dead man’s car. She succeeds in running Mick off the road when he catches up, but he gets out of the car and shoots out Kristy’s back tire, causing the car to flip over. A disoriented Kristy climbs out of the wreckage and attempts to crawl away, but is immediately shot dead by Mick. He bundles Kristy’s body into the back of the wrecked car, along with the body of the dead motorist, and torches the car before driving off.

Ben, whose fate until now has not been revealed, awakens to find himself nailed to a mock crucifix in a mine shaft, with an aggressive, caged Rottweiler in front of him. He manages to extract himself from the crucifix and enters the camp in early daylight. Ben escapes into the outback, but becomes dehydrated, and eventually passes out beside a dirt road. He is discovered by two shocked Swedish travellers who take him to Kalbarri, where he is airlifted to a hospital. A series of title cards states that despite several major police searches, no trace of Liz or Kristy has ever been found. Early investigations into the case were disorganised, hampered by confusion over the location of the crimes, a lack of physical evidence and the alleged unreliability of the only witness. After four months in police custody, Ben was later cleared of all suspicion. He currently lives in South Australia. The film ends with the silhouette of Mick Taylor walking into the sunset with his rifle in hand.

What makes this film stand out from more recent horror films is the strong acting which makes the film more believable. The three young leads are a great credit to this picture as their naturalistic performances made me sympathetic to their plight and I was rooting for them all through the film. But the actor who steals the film is John Jarrett for his portrayal of Mick Taylor. His character is engaging, friendly, creepy, funny and sinister and you will remember his performance long after the film has ended.