“The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-hunter Mick Taylor.”

Director: Greg McLean
Writers: Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns
Staring: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Phillippe Klaus
Release Date: April 17, 2015
Wolf Creek 2 (2013) – IMDb

Wolf Creek 2 (2013) is like The Hangover 2 (2011).

Stay with me.

Both movies have a cult following and somehow became successful with minimal expectations. Both movies have the same exact plot as the original with new characters and some new settings. The vibes are familiar, but something is off. You want to like it, but as the credits are rolling you can’t help your mind grinding between feelings of disappointment and reality.

Wolf Creek 2 follows the zany serial killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) and his psychotic attitude towards, police officers, tourists and anyone who offends him in the slightest. There are kills that thrill, starting with the basic firearms and ending with elaborate booby traps. Mick Taylor lashes out with this tongue as often as he does his weapons, and when his laugh is intertwined with the bloodshed, Wolf Creek 2 is at its peak.

I wish that Wolf Creek 2 was divided into two. The second half of the movie is far superior to the first half, and that is in large part to the character of Paul Hammersmith, played by Ryan Coor. Hammersmith is an innocent driver on the lonely high speed highway. His biggest problem is not being able to get on the phone with his lady friend, until he picks up a women who is screaming for her bloody life.

Being the good Samaritan does not always lead to good things. Sometimes it leads to a maniac killer chasing you in a massive truck, running you off the road, kidnapping you, and torturing you.

The best scene in the movie comes when Hammersmith is tied down to a chair and is taking part in a demented version who Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. This the first time between the two movies that someone has matched wits with Taylor. Hammersmith dishes it out just as well as he can take it. The fact that he puts on this bravado in the face of having his fingers shaved off…I mean that makes it more impressive.

Watching the Wolf Creek movies, it is undeniable that Mick Taylor is a very fun character. Behind all the blood, guts and gore stuffed in his secret cavern, Taylor is a just a crazy ass patriot who wants to share his madness with someone. Coor understands that and leans into it in order for his survival. Hammersmith plays the role with the nervous energy of someone who is trying to fit in somewhere they are immensely uncomfortable. Wolf Creek 2 is an extreme of that, but it still works. Imagine you were in his shoes? Wouldn’t you do the same thing?

If Wolf Creek 2 was just the last hour with Coor and Taylor, then I would be all in and would be kinder grading this movie. Unfortunately the opening exposition and killings are just Mick Taylor showcases, and his solo act is not as entertaining as his duality play. Give him someone to bounce off of and he is far better. Not saying he isn’t good alone, but you can see the difference.

Speaking of differences, you can sense a bit of a tone change between Wolf Creek 2 and its predecessor. The comedy and over-the-top nature is cranked up a bit in this sequel, and based off the fan reaction, it worked. Fans like this movie, specially fans of Mick Taylor. If you want more antics and a zany bad guy, then Wolf Creek 2 is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Unfortunately for myself, the sensationalized effects are only vibrant in the second half of the movie. Approaching intermission, I am fading into a nap and boredom. It is only the uptick that keeps me engaged. It is genuinely fun comedy and violence when Taylor and Coor are battled in their one-on-one duel, just wished the build up was a bit more substantial.

It does have to be said that the tagline for Wolf Creek 2 is fantastic: Mick’s Back With A Few Days To Kill. Also the poster is phenomenal. The promotion material for Wolf Creek 2 is better than the movie itself.

He looks cool as shit.

STANKO RATING: C- (2.0/5 Stars)

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