Wolf Creek

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Throwback to '70s slasher movies isn't for kids.
  • R
  • 2005
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Kidnapping, torture, serial killing.


Once the kids are kidnapped, brutal, grim violence is relentless: by knife, rifle, beating, kicking, and an especially grotesque "" whereby the killer severs a girl's spine.


Mild kissing between two nice kids; brutal rape threat, pulling off clothes, and crotch fondling by killer.


Cursing (multiple f-words, as well as derogatory slang).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke cigarettes and drink; victims are drugged.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't for kids. It features gruesome (and, once it begins, relentless) violence implemented by knives, rifles, and brutal beatings. Characters drink and smoke cigarettes (at least until they are attacked by the killer); one couple kisses briefly. On the road, they use filthy gas station bathrooms. Girls scream, escape, fight back, and scream again. Alarming images include bloody faces, threats of rape, bound limbs, gags, blood smears on floors and walls, and a graphic description (with shadowy visual demonstration) of a torture method by which the killer severs a girl's spine but leaves her conscious (he calls it "head on a stick," and says it was practiced in the Vietnam war).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byJames Owen September 6, 2018

Like it says, "nerve shredding"

It is very gory, but I am 13 and watched it by myself and I was alright with it. A couple of the scenes made me cringe, but I am good with blood, and knowing of... Continue reading
Adult Written by@@@ December 14, 2011


The last 25 minutes or so are incredibly suspenseful, but the majority of the movie is dull, with nothing ever happening. I relly wish that more of the movie wa... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJessehawkins102 November 20, 2016

Wolf creek

This is one of my favourite horror movies. It is so brilliant as it has been known as an Australian classic. I've got to say the violence is extremely real... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrRaz0r21 July 30, 2014
Its very scary & gory

What's the story?

Based on "actual events," WOLF CREEK follows the harrowing adventures of 20-somethings Ben (Nathan Phillips), Liz (Cassandra Magrath), and Kristy (Kestie Morassi), who drive for days to reach to Wolf Creek, a meteor crater and hiking area in the Australian Outback. When their car breaks down, Mick (John Jarratt) emerges from the pitch-black night and offers a tow to his garage where he says he can fix their engine. Uneasy, they go along and try not to make fun of their "colorful" host. After an evening spent chatting by a campfire, Liz wakes to find herself tied, gagged, and bloodied in a shed, having been drugged and dragged from her friends. Meanwhile, Mick is torturing Kristy in another building. Now free, Liz finds a collection of snapshots and video footage of Mick's previous victims and realizes he's a demented serial killer. Far from civilization, Liz and Kristy can only run and fall, scream and drive, crash and scream some more.

Is it any good?

With a plot predictable by generic definition (it's a slasher movie), Wolf Creek's only context is other movies like it. The victims become monstrous to fight their abductor. The monster plods on, incessant, cruel, ordinary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the random violence wreaked by an implacable, inexplicably cruel killer. This film takes up a "vintage" aesthetic, recalling low-budget, '70s horror films: what are the appeals of this look and associated class politics (middle class victims, underclass/demented/monstrous killers)? Families can also discuss what it means for a scary movie like this to be based on "actual" events. Do teens believe what they see really happened?

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