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'Wolf Creek 2' review: A tourist trap that bleeds you dry

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"Wolf Creek 2" begins its theatrical run in Houston today at the AMC Studio 30 movie theater.

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The original "Wolf Creek" felt like more of an experiment than anything else. You basically spend an hour getting to know these tourists in Australia who have become stranded after their car breaks down. A man named Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) offers to help fix their vehicle only to turn around and torture them; often leading to Mick chasing his prey and finding solace in the thrill of the hunt. The issue was that most of the horror in the film took place in the last 20-30 minutes of the film. That much character development is admirable, but it quickly grew tiresome and the experiment known as "Wolf Creek" ultimately failed.

It took nine years to get a sequel, but "Wolf Creek 2" has finally surfaced. While the original film allowed its audience to really get to know its victims, the sequel almost seems to throw as many victims as it can under the bus in the span of 106-minutes. Greg McLean returns as writer/director and actor John Jarratt returns as the disturbingly brilliant Mick Taylor, but the film mostly seems to paint Mick as this nasty, untouchable villain who can not only track anything but is everywhere at once. "Wolf Creek 2" is very much Mick Taylor's demented playground.

While the first film is based on true events, you wonder how much of its sequel is actually true. Also claiming to be based on a true story, "Wolf Creek 2" opens with text revealing that 30,000 people go missing in Australia every year. While most missing individuals are found, some are never seen again. Mick goes pig hunting in the first sequence of the film after receiving a ticket by a pair of over eager cops. The film's over theatrical and "Inception"-like score reveals itself over an exploding head and a demolished car.

Mick has a thing for stabbing his victims in the back, but one of the most grotesque sequences is when he completely dismantles a corpse. After chopping off the poor guy's head, Mick proceeds to chop off the victim's limbs and even guts him but not before slicing off his genitals and playing with them. "Wolf Creek 2" doesn't shy away from showing all of the gory details either. However, since there is so much violence, it almost seems like the film is trying to over-saturate itself with Mick's bloody rampage.

John Jarratt is as magnificent as ever as the disgustingly gruesome Mick Taylor, the film has some welcome yet incredibly obvious shades of both "Mad Max" and "Death Proof," and the horror sequel has a certain amount of shock value that makes it somewhat amusing, but “Wolf Creek 2” is mostly very predictable and a disappointing sequel to what was otherwise an incredibly daring original film.

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