Wolf Creek 2

Featured In Issue 189, September 2014

WSR Score4.5
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In Wolf Creek 2, exchange student Paul (Corr), lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, visits the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. His dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when he encounters the site's most infamous local, Mick Taylor (Jarratt). When Paul attempts to flee, Mick pursues him across a hostile wasteland and eventually drags him back to his underground lair. After seeing the true magnitude of Mick's monstrosity, Paul's only hope of surviving, where no one has before, will be to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette Creating A Monster (HD 52:07), "Butcher's Cut": nine deleted scenes (HD 23:56), and upfront previews.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Arri Alexa Plus and GoPro digital camera systems. The picture exhibits a filmic presence. The imagery is pristine throughout, with effective contrast that exhibits deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation exhibited in the numerous night scenes. The picture also is striking, with beautiful shots of the varied Australian locales. Color fidelity is pristine, with natural hues that are fully saturated. Resolution is generally good, with revealing detail throughout. While horrific scenes are prevalent throughout, the imagery is visually engaging. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack can be impressive, with deep, tight bass and pristine fidelity. Some of the action scenes sound thunderously dynamic with powerful, deep sub-25 Hz bass that energizes the scenes. The semi-trailer truck and Jeep highway confrontation and pursuit are effectively dynamic, as is the powerful rifle shots at close range. Atmospheric effects and sound effects premeditate the soundfield with aggressively directionalized impact. Dialogue is engaging, especially that of Mick's growling Australian dialect, although difficult to understand at times. The two German tourists speak mostly in German with English subtitles. Johnny Kilmek's music score is foreboding and terrifying. A few standards are mixed in as segues. This is a powerfully dynamic and holosonic® soundfield experience that is exciting to experience. (Gary Reber)