Wolf Creek: The Series Full Review

Wolf Creek: The Series Production DetailsDecayMag.com Greg McLean's Wolf Creek: The Series

Director(s):

Tony Tilse (5 episodes, 2016)

Greg McLean (1 episode, 2016)

Writer(s): 

Peter Gawler (3 episodes, 2016)

Felicity Packard (3 episodes, 2016)

Greg McLean (original screenplay)

Release Date: 12 May 2016
Release Format: Television Series
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Synopsis:

Eve, a 19-year-old American tourist is targeted by crazed serial killer Mick Taylor. She survives his attack and embarks on a mission of revenge.

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Episodes:

[one_third]Season / Episode [/one_third][one_third]Air date[/one_third][one_third_last]Episode Title [/one_third_last]

[one_third]S1, Ep1 [/one_third][one_third]12 May 2016[/one_third][one_third_last]Billabong[/one_third_last]

[one_third]S1, Ep2[/one_third][one_third]12 May 2016[/one_third][one_third_last]Kutyukutyu[/one_third_last]

[one_third]S1, Ep3[/one_third][one_third]12 May 2016[/one_third][one_third_last]Salt Lake[/one_third_last]

[one_third]S1, Ep4[/one_third][one_third]12 May 2016[/one_third][one_third_last]Opalville[/one_third_last]

[one_third]S1, Ep5[/one_third][one_third]12 May 2016[/one_third][one_third_last]Rome[/one_third_last]

[one_third]S1, Ep6[/one_third][one_third]12 May 2016[/one_third][one_third_last]Wolf Creek[/one_third_last]

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Overview:

Wolf Creek: The Series is the latest addition to the franchise that began in 2005. Greg McLean is the creative mind behind this modern approach to Slasher Horror. Of course ,many would debate such a categorization. Yet, the Slasher premise does apply to “Wolf Creek”. Instead of the confines of a street or a summer camp “Wolf Creek” takes places in Australia’s outback. The callousness of silent masked killers joins charismatic antics of a metallic gloved demon. The result? The hunter, killer named; Mick Taylor (portrayed by John Jarratt).

The antagonist in Mclean’s story is a nomadic soul with a murderous drive. Taylor’s motivation is his hatred towards a social class. This is a standard amongst serial killers in the Horror genre. In the case of “Wolf Creek,” the victims are foreigners, non-Australians.

“Wolf Creek” spawned one sequel. Greg McLean returned as the screenwriter and director to the 2013 release. A third installment remains a rumor slated for development.

“Wolf Creek: The Series” is a six episodic compilation that debuted the 12th of May 2016. The series launched on Australian streaming service, Stan. The premise behind the miniseries goes in depth than the full-length feature version. Presented is a classic “female heroine versus the brute killer” concept. The following review summarizes the complete “Wolf Creek” series.

Pros:

“Wolf Creek: The Series” offers a rich story that focuses on vengeance. The cast of characters presented is realistic and bound by human nature. There isn’t anything extravagant with the portrayals and this is refreshing. What the viewer will see is an intricate web of story narrative. There is a dominant conflict and the resulting chaos that transpires thereafter. Each character has a composition with distinct flaws, strength, and weaknesses.

“Wolf Creek: The Series” presents itself more as a Thriller than a full force Horror film. This is actually quite refreshing. Viewing regurgitated slasher film concepts does get boresome. “Wolf Creek: The Series” does not offer a high body count and gruesome scenes? Will be in disappointment. Substituting the nonsensical blood-splatter is a cat and mouse Drama.

Elements that lacked in the film installments were adequately provided in the series. Presented are complex inner conflicts, detailed backstory, and diverse characters. More importantly, the miniseries offers an exploration to Mick Taylor’s mysterious history. The latter is a great addition to fans of the “Wolf Creek” franchise.

Acclaim goes to actor John Jarratt. Jarratt reprises his notable role as the fiendish outback villain. Yet, actress Lucy Fry delivered a remarkable performance as the character Eve. Fry is an up and coming actress paving her way in the Horror and Thriller genres. Fry did exceptional work on Eve’s metamorphosis.  From episode one to the season finale this character undergoes a drastic mental transformation. Dustin Clare portrays the character Sullivan Hill. Clare’s role is that of a detective thrust into an investigation with unforeseen circumstances. The role is agreeable as it doesn’t trek on common characteristics. The added subplot into Hill’s personal life is a minor flaw. The problem is its lack of blending with the overall story. 

Cons:

“Wolf Creek: The Series” will not offer any surprises. Those familiar with the franchise can suspect how actions would unfold. The season finale drags and could have offered something memorable. The episodes leading up to the finale are best compared to an ascending car from a rollercoaster. The viewer is unaware of how the series will end but once over the peak that thrill becomes a lackluster ride.

The story at times shuffled at a snails pace. The use of filler material became second nature. There’s so much you can present in six hour-long series from a condensed film adaptation. What the series lacked is a more in-depth story behind the serial killer. The platform seemed fitting as a portrait of Mick Taylor. Yet, time wasn’t used to its full advantage. Provided is a glimpse into Taylor’s psyche.

There were the occasional set-ups that seemed too convenient to be believable. These instances always revolved on Eve’s rescue. For instance, an escaped convict becomes an ally. The character rescues the damsel in distress at a dire moment.

In closing:

“Wolf Creek: The Series” offers an introduction to the franchise. The series delves into Eve’s revenge, a classic “female versus threat” synopsis. Thriller substitutes Horror to make for an engaging program with a predictable finale.

[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive [/box]

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