A Killer on the Road

If ever a film worked with the slow precision of a pressure cooker, it is Wolf Creek. For its first half hour or so, the film proceeds leisurely, almost blithely, as it follows the journey across the Outback of three young backpackers from the beaches of Broome, Western Australia, to the meteorite site of Wolfe Creek, with its kilometer-wide crater and ghostly landscape. When the backpackers' watches mysteriously stop, as does their car's engine, we could be back in the moody territory of Picnic at Hanging Rock, especially when the star of that film, John Jarratt, shows up.


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