Wolf Creek TV Series Review
Written by Giuseppe Infante
Directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean
Written by Peter Gawler, Felicity Packard, and Greg McLean
2016, Rated TV-MA
US premiere on Pop on October 14th, 2016
John Jarratt as Mick Taylor
Lucy Fry as Eve Thorogood
Dustin Clare as Sullivan Hill
Andy McPhee as Beard
Damian de Montemas as Inspector Darwin
Wolf Creek takes gore-hounds back down under for a hunting session with Australia’s favorite serial killer, Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). Beginning with two feature films, Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2, and loosely based on actual events, the television mini-series continues Mick’s murderous rampage amongst the Outback. The series carries on in the same vein of the movies, with an endless onslaught of exploitive violence and anguish (I’m curious to find out if the Pop network will make any edits). Not as over-the-top as its predecessors, the show is a display of brutality, with character development layered over a cat and mouse game between Mick and protagonist, Eva (Lucy Fry). Not a fan of the two flicks, the series is slightly more enduring, as there is a bit more time for a relationship to be established with the main characters. Ultimately, we could’ve done without another round of Mick’s slayings.
Regardless of my personal feelings about anything Wolf Creek, there is no denying the allure to Mick as a modern face of horror. He has the multifaceted demeanor, where he goes from polite to pure evil in the blink of an eye; and not without mention, he has exceptional one-liners. He is the driving force behind a redundant plot carried over all three inceptions viewers encounter Mick, which says a lot about his character.
Two other positives that help Wolf Creek stand tall are the cast’s solid acting and use of visually stunning practical effects. These two assist keeping viewers from falling out of grace with such repetition. How many times can one enjoy the excessiveness of Mick’s murderous ways? Having a strong cast to support his killing spree is crucial for one’s connection to the story unfolding. Viewers familiar with the films already know about John Jarratt’s portrayal of Mick, but the new final girl, Eva, is superbly acted by Lucy Fry. Her transformation from the opening scene, where she encounters Mick for the first time, to the finale of the series, she has an evolution and revolution while constantly running around Australia. This is crucial because why else would we care? Try to recall the final girls (or boys) you’ve cared about, and compare those movies to ones with a lackadaisical protagonist.
Along with the cast and characters, the practical effects during the kill scenes are striking and grisly. It is so nice to see no CGI blood erupt from a stab wound, but rather a viciously tangible oozing crimson river. Mick’s arsenal is the same array of murder tools he’s previously put on display, although we meet some new characters toting weapons of their own. These are secondary characters Eva meets along her journey for survival, and add some freshness to the surplus of killing Mick does.
In a solid six episodes, the cast and crew creates a horrifying and dreadful adventure for fans of the Wolf Creek movies to gobble up. Although the films didn’t tickle my fancy, the series did have me enthusiastic to see how the finale unfolded. This is probably due to the narrative arc allowing more mythos and characters of Wolf Creek and an exceptional performance from Fry. If you’re a fan and enjoyed either of the first two features, then this series is a must for you. Also, if you’ve never seen the movies, this series is easily accessible to dive right in without the original source material.
Click here to catch Wolf Creek on Pop starting Friday, October 14th, at 10PM ET/PT.