Wolf Creek 2 is five times as messed up, violent and gory than the first film. I didn't watch the trailer for this film and I'm so glad that I didn't because I had no idea what to expect this time around. It's a real wonder how this film received an MA15+ classification yet the first film received an R18+ classification as this film is so much worse. The film features many more graphic and disturbing scenes such as a few particular scenes in the second half. In fact the whole second half is incredibly gruesome and disturbing although this time around so is the first half.
The film has a much faster pace than the first film. I'm sorry for all the comparisons to the first film, but I can't help it. The first film was slow and managed to build up tension, but here we open with Mick Taylor's first and rather gory kill. The film just never seems to slow once we are re-introduced to him around fifteen minutes on. He always seems to pop up in the most relentless of ways and this makes the sequel feel like a much shorter film than the first. This time we know who he is and what he's capable of so it's more about learning more about him. Oh and to watch him murder people because that's the main reason people go to these movies.
The acting in the film was actually very decent. John Jarratt is the only actor to reprise his role from the first film and here he does just a good a job. In fact he may give a better performance here then he did in the previous film. He was definitely more petrifying than in the first film. The other standout performance in the film was from the main victim played by Ryan Corr who's previous focus was in Australian TV shows. He gives a sensation performance that even manages to meet the levels of Jarratt.
There's plenty of suspense and scares to go around in Wolf Creek 2. The film manages to up both the tension in the film and the scares while still being able to show some good old fashioned gore. I was actually disappointed with how the first film never had enough suspense or scares, but this time around we get plenty. There's one particular scare that happens near the end that had me jumping out of my seat.
Like the first film it's hard to decide on the protagonist for most of the time. The film begins and I was actually thinking that this time around Mick Taylor would be both the protagonist and the antagonist, but I was mistaken as two foreign tourists (pictured in the poster) appeared and they seemed like the main characters. Yet again I was wrong and British tourist Paul Hammersmith came onto the scene and now he was the protagonist. Until this moment it was unclear on who's story we were actually following.
To sum up Wolf Creek 2 is a massive step up from the first film as it delivers more gore, suspense, scares, a faster pace and most importantly it features more Mick Taylor. The only negative is that it's hard to find the protagonist to begin with.