As far as genre movies go, Wolf Creek makes a howling, although uninspired addition to the horror category. The torture scenes are grisly and gratuitous, the two components that comprise a great horror flick, but the plot is a genre standard: Texas Chainsaw Massacre set in the Australian Outback. Two Brit backpackers Kristy and Liz meet up with their Aussie friend Bazza to tour the meteor crater at Wolf Creek Park. When their car fails to start afterwards they flag a wry trucker named John who tows them back to his camp to work on their car. But little do the backpackers know that the only thing that will get a jump-start will be their adrenalin. Although Wolf Creek doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it hits you in the gut and makes your blood curdle, all the while not letting you divert your eyes from the screen.
Opens December 25