As with most movies bad on "real events", there is a certain degree of 'flexibility' taken with the cold hard truth. For instance wolf creek, does exist, but its real name is 'Wolfe Creek'....it is a site located in northern Western Australia, and is a meteorite crater.....very picturesque........The actual filming location was in South Australia in 2004
The film was ambiguously marketed as being "based on true events"
, while its plot bore elements reminiscent of the real-life murders of backpackers
by Ivan Milat
in the 1990s and Bradley Murdoch
in 2001, both of which McLean used as inspiration for the screenplay.
Produced on a $1.1 million budget, filming of Wolf Creek
took place in South Australia
; the film was shot almost exclusively on high-definition video
. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival
in January 2005. It was given a theatrical release in Ireland
and the United Kingdom
in September 2005, followed by a general Australian release in November, apart from the Northern Territory
, out of respect for the pending trial surrounding the murder of Peter Falconio
In the United States and Canada, it was released on Christmas Day
2005, distributed by Dimension Films
The crater was featured in the 2005 horror film Wolf Creek
, and the sequel in 2013, Wolf Creek 2
. It also features in the Stan Australia streaming service original television series with the same name
It was the setting for Arthur Upfield
's 1962 novel The Will of the Tribe
The Wolfe Creek crater has considerable claim to be the second most 'obvious' (i.e. relatively undeformed by erosion) meteorite crater known on Earth, after the famous Barringer Crater
The crater is mentioned in the 2010 children's science fiction book Alienology
that says (in its universe) that a space craft crashed there.
Did wolf creek achieve its objective to make money ?...apparently yes......it was filmed on a budget of around $1 million dollars and grossed around $35 million (aud)
"Though Wolf Creek
is effectively horrific, it is still tasteless exploitation."....the critics gave it a hard time.......and yet it has a 'cult' following, which exists to this day.
was marketed in both Australia and international markets as being "based on a true story", though it is in actuality a composite inspired by several true crimes (including the aforementioned killings by Milat and Murdoch)
The Milat and Murdoch cases make for much better reading because at least there is quite a bit of fact involved.....although in Murdoch's case there has never been a body found of Peter Falconio, so there remains more than a shred of doubt as to Murdoch's guilt.
when Ivan Milat dies in jail, his last words were "I dont care,".....Murdoch has likewise not confessed, and is notorious for being a man of few words.
Wolf Creek 3:
Director Greg McLean confirms third instalment is ready to go. ITS been 12 years since Mick Taylor was first imagined in director Greg McLean's breakthrough film, Wolf Creek
. Now Taylor reveals there
are “a couple of screenplays ready to go and become Wolf Creek 3