In 2005, Greg McLean’s horror film Wolf Creek reminded viewers why it’s a very bad idea to poke around deep in the wilderness, where nature can be hostile and the locals might spell your doom. In May, a well-received six-part series inspired by the film aired on Australian TV; now, it’s got an October airdate in America.
Reasons to get excited: the show is created and co-directed by original filmmaker McLean, and it stars John Jarratt—who was so unforgettably creepy as the movie’s Outback-dwelling maniac, Mick Taylor, a character whose deeds were based on a series of real-life gruesome crimes.
How to stretch one horror movie (which did get a 2013 sequel that I didn’t realize existed until now) into six TV episodes? A revenge plot, obviously, as Deadline describes it:
An American family vacationing in Northern Australia becomes the Taylor’s unsuspecting prey. The sole survivor is Eve Thorogood (Lucy Fry), a college student who vows to bring the sadistic killer to justice or die trying. Wolf Creek reveals her complex and extraordinary journey, traveling every step of the way as she evolves from child to adult, from prey to predator. But can she triumph over Mick Taylor, evil incarnate?
Here’s the trailer for Wolf Creek, which evokes not just the source film but also The Hills Have Eyes, and has some startlingly gorgeous cinematography:
Wolf Creek will premiere October 14 on Pop, which is formerly known as the TV Guide Network.