Image Entertainment’s highly anticipated slasher, Wolf Creek 2, arrives on VOD platforms April 17, with a theatrical run set for May 16. Brad loved the film and I really dug it as well. It’s a refreshing twist on the 2005 original that feels more fun without sacrificing gore or brutality.
Yesterday I hopped on the phone with John Jarratt, who plays the iconic and merciless serial killer Mick Taylor, for a quick chat. Among the topics of discussion? His favorite kill in the movie and what took so long to bring Taylor back to the screen.
In the film directed by Greg McLean, “Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet; Mick Taylor.
As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.”
It was great. It was good to finally get back into it. It took a long time. It was terrific to finally get this second film put together.
It seems like there’s bit of a tonal shift from the first film to this one.
The first one the monster is in the cage until halfway through the movie. Though I don’t know if this one is much funnier because I thought he was quite funny in the first one! All the gags. The head getting cut off and [plopping sound effect], I thought it was quite funny. But here it seems a lot more full-on because everyone knows who Mick is, so you get Mick from the get-go. It’s 90 minutes of Mick Taylor going nuts instead of 45 minutes of Mick Taylor going nuts. That’s how I see it anyway.
You get to dispatch a lot of people in this film, what’s your favorite kill?
I suppose the [redacted for spoilers] – that one’s a full on bloodbath isn’t it?
As is the Kangaroo sequence.
Yeah, but that’s normal in Australia. I ran into seven in once day once. Have you ever been to Australia?
I have not.
Well if you go for a drive through the outback on a highway out west, every hundred yards there’s a Kangaroo carcass. It’s not an unusual sight. It’s quite alarming at times.
What was it like to come back to this with Greg?
We have been attached like Beavis and Butthead since the first one. That and Rogue. He’s a good friend of mine. After the first couple of drafts I was onboard for the rest of it. It was very inclusive. I felt like I was a part of it right away. I’m part of the team, it’s not like I get sent the script and turn up to make the movie.
This was a hard movie to get going in some ways.
If it was easy to make a film, everyone would be doing it. It’s never easy. Even Clint Eastwood struggles to get something going. It’s never easy. It is worthwhile though!