A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters persevere, but not often for the right reasons.
Positive Role Models
The central protagonist is Eve, a young woman who narrowly escaped the killer after her family was slaughtered, and who does whatever she can to make good on her vow avenge them by capturing the killer and bringing him to justice (whatever form that justice may take). There's a lame, clichéd bit with an aboriginal man who happens upon Eve and magically heals her wounds, and trains her in the art of spear-throwing.
Violence & Scariness
Though not quite as graphic as the films, there's still a great deal of blood-spattered, intense violence. Limbs are sawed off, people are blown away with guns and impaled with huge hunting knives, others are chained up and tortured. Not for the faint of heart.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sleazy commentary from men, women are frequently threatened with rape. Full frontal male nudity is seen, Eve takes a waitressing job where the staff uniform is bikini tops and miniskirts, customers are lecherous. A few brief kisses.
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Most swearing is on the level of "hell," "bitch," "s--t." Only in the last episode do we really get a large smattering of F-bombs.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The protagonist is a recovering painkiller addict, though she's never depicted as high. Many characters drink and smoke, scenes in various bars and nightclubs. A bag of weed is confiscated from someone's vehicle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wolf Creek is an Australian horror series spun off from the movies of the same name -- and like the films, it isn't intended for kids. The series features copious, gory violence with gruesome shots of dead bodies and disemboweling, of humans and animals alike. Children are murdered and piled atop their dead parents, then dismembered with a chainsaw. Weapons like hunting knives, spears, pistols, rifles, fire, and even snake venom are used. A crocodile attacks a child and is shot dead, rabbits and kangaroos are hunted and killed. Characters smoke and drink, a bag of weed is confiscated from a character's vehicle. Women are threatened with rape and tortured. There's full frontal male nudity. Some racial stereotyping occurs with a "magical aborigine" character.
Is It Any Good?
The series is true to the films all right: a tired string of boilerplate slasher movie clichés enacted by a single-minded, near-supernatural serial killer whose greatest sin might be how boring he is. Same old backstory (abusive, drunken parents and a childhood curiosity about killing), same old dumb quips as he's taking out his victims. Despite some attractive cinematography -- it's hard to make the sweeping, desolate landscapes of Australia look bad -- and committed performances, the story itself is wafer-thin and brings nothing new to the table. Suspension of belief is one thing, but the ridiculous way all the characters behave (if this series is to be believed, Australia has perhaps the least effective police force on the planet) just takes things to whole new levels of silliness. Recommended for diehard Wolf Creek completists only.
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