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''Wolf Creek'' is a 2005 Australian horror film directed by Greg [=McLean=].

VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory (well, several); two English backpackers named Liz Hunter (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy Earl (Kestie Morassi), plus an Australian one they pick up at a party named Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips), are heading out into the [[LandDownunder Australian wilderness]] to see the epononymous Wolf Creek; a crater formed by a meteorite impact. Once they've seen it and are leaving, however, [[MyCarHatesMe they find that their car won't start]]. A seemingly friendly mechanic named Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) that seems to perfectly and flamboyantly embody every Australian stereotype rolls along and offers to tow their car back to his garage and fix their car for them. They accept; [[SerialKiller but it turns out]] [[{{Gorn}} he isn't so friendly]].

A sequel was released in 2014, alongside a pair of prequel novels, one exploring Mick's childhood, and the other showing his time in the Vietnam War.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Both of them, though Liz a bit more than Kristy.
* AssholeVictim: The cops in the second film who try to nail Mick for speeding even when he was under the speed limit.
* AwesomeAussie: Mick Taylor is an evil version of this trope, being a SerialKiller version of [[Film/CrocodileDundee Mick Dundee]].
* AxCrazy: Mick.
* BadSamaritan: Mick.
* DangerTakesABackSeat
* DefensiveFailure: Subverted. The woman shoots the killer, but it just passes through his neck and doesn't kill him.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Almost half the film is pretty aimless build-up.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Mick cuts Liz's fingers off because she wrecked his truck.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mick. Don't let his welcoming Crocodile Dundeeish mannerism fool ya. He's a [[spoiler: SerialKiller]] and has more in common with Hannibal Lecter than Crocodile Dundee.
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:[[GenderFlip Inverted gender-wise]]. Both girls die. Ben survives]].
* {{Fingore}}: Mick lops several of Liz's fingers off.
* {{Gorn}}
* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou: Mick says this in response to Ben asking him what he does for a living.
* IronicEcho: Ben makes a joke saying Mick probably loves saying "that's not a knife; this is a knife". Mick sadistically repeats the line [[spoiler: just before he kills Liz]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Mick - he never get punished for the atrocities he committed]].
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Kristy]]
* LandDownunder
* MyCarHatesMe
* OnceIsNotEnough: At one point, Liz is able to grab one of Mick's guns and shoot him. She grabs the rifle, instead of the shotgun, and shoots Mick once in the neck. And of course, that just pisses him off. If she hadn't also picked up the IdiotBall she would have [[MakeSureHesDead given him a few shots in the face just to be sure]]; there was no reason she couldn't have done this.
* PlayingAgainstType: John Jarratt is a nice guy, and most people probably remember him as the slightly [[ManChild manchildish]] DIY expert from ''Better Homes and Gardens''. Even more jarringly, he used to host ''PlaySchool''.
* SerialKiller: Mick.
* ShipTease: A deleted scene had Kristy waking up sleeping next to Ben (with her clothes on).
* ShoutOut: Ben quotes ''CrocodileDundee'' (see IronicEcho above)
* TooDumbToLive: Liz. The old couple from the second film and Paul [[spoiler: despite not dying]].
* UnreliableNarrator: One plausible explanation. [[spoiler:All the other characters who witnessed Mick's atrocities didn't live to tell the tale. Ben is the only survivor, and he didn't actually witness Mick commit any of his atrocities, so what we see may simply be his story to the police.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Played straight and subverted. [[spoiler: The tomboyish Liz dies first, but the more girly Christie also dies]].
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It's actually based on a number of famous Australian murder cases, but Ivan Milat was clearly the strongest influence, based on Taylor's way of selecting victims (backpackers), the switch in demeanour, that it's a man who survives to tell the tale (Paul Onions escaped the real Milat by leaping from a car and running into oncoming traffic), and the way Taylor deals with his victims.
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