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.