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Behind The Credibility of Wolf Creek True Story: The Real Mick Taylor

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I have lost the number of times I have watched the Wolf Creek movie. What makes the movie set itself apart from its contemporaries is its authenticity. The near realistic portrayal of the killer and the situation makes you watch the whole film with bated breath. Here is our take on Wolf Creek true story.

The movie is about three backpackers Liz, Kristy and Ben returning from their hike in Wolf Creek National Park. On their way back they find out that their car does not start. A local bushman called Mick Taylor offers them help, and they gladly accept. They spend a night at the old mine site where their car has been towed. Mick Taylor provides them drugged water which renders them unconscious. The next morning, horror awaits them.

The tagline of Wolf Creek movie does say “Based on real events.” So how far is it true? Let us find out the Wolf Creek true story. The director Greg McLean also wrote the script and is the co-producer.

“The Australian culture is bright sunny beaches, Crocodile Dundee and all that kind of shit, and the shadow side of that is xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, racism, all that kind of stuff that we squash down but is alive and well.”  

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If you are wondering what does the term ‘Crocodile Dundee’ refer to, I will clear it in a few sentences. Crocodile Dundee is a fictional character named after Micheal J. Crocodile Dundee from the Crocodile Dundee film series. It is an Australian film that was a huge hit overseas; that includes America where it was one of the highest grosser. The character is a crocodile hunter who saves people. Yes, saves people. It turned out that Greg McLean wanted to smash down the stereotyping of Australian homegrowns.

The movie was shot in the actual Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park location in Australia. Do you remember the crater site in the movie where Liz and Ben kiss? Yep, that is the spot. In case you have not, do re-watch the film.

The case of Bradley Murdoch

Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees, two British tourists on the 14th of July 2001were, pulled over near Barrow Creek. Bradley Murdoch went with Peter to the back of the van to take a look. Meanwhile, Joanne heard a gunshot. Murdoch held her at gunpoint and kidnapped her in his van. While Murdoch was out for a while, Joanne somehow managed to make an escape.

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Murdoch was caught, but he kept denying Joanne’s claims. What is bewildering is that the body of Peter Falconio was never found. Shocking right? In 2005 Bradley Murdoch was eventually found guilty. He was sentenced to life prison.

Joanne later went up to write her book based on the events. The book “No turning back” was published in 2006.

The case of Ivan Milat

In 1996 he was convicted of murdering seven people in Belanglo State Forest. All of the victims were backpackers. Ivan tortured and killed them. It has been reported that he used to wound the spines of his captives, so that do not escape.

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The movie’s killer injuries Liz’s spinal cord in the similar fashion.

The Snowtown Murders

The Snowtown Murders inspired the director. The Murders included five people who killed 11 victims. Apart from the brutal nature of their killings, nothing else is similar.


The movie is not directly based on a true story. Director McLean managed to blur the lines between fact and fiction.


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