Wolf Creek 2

Composed By: Johnny Klimek

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In Wolf Creek 2, a sequel to the 2005 film, John Jarrat reprises his role as Mick Taylor, the Australian outback serial killer.  This time around, three backpackers head out to Wolf Creek Crater for an Outback adventure, a glorious Australian holiday.  But only one will make it back to Taylor's lair alive.  Can that lone survivor be ruthless enough to beat the serial killer at his own game?

                The musical score of Wolf Creek 2 was created by Australian composer Johnny Klimik.  A fourth generation composer, Klimik's style is a mix of ambient soundscapes and propulsive grooves.  Though he has collaborated on a number of scores for well known films such as Cloud Atlas, Perfume: The Story of a Murder and One Hour Photo, Klimik is also known for his own solo compositions for The Newsroom and Mind Games.

                I was disappointed with the score found on the Wolf Creek 2 soundtrack as it featured all the usual horror stylings, such as reverb, low-level ambient sound, blasts of music, off pitch strings, shrieking strings and even that Psycho shower scene stab moment.  What I really had fun with was the songs featured on the soundtrack.  They were some of my favorites and I had loads of fun singing along with The Tokens' The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Steppenwolf's Born to Be Wild and Patsy Cline's I Fall to Pieces.  I enjoyed listening to Caro Nome as performed by Nellie Melba and The Blue Danube Waltz by The Image Orchestra.

                Thus, when it comes to recommending the Wolf Creek 2 Soundtrack, I find myself unable to recommend the album as a whole, but rather as individual tracks.  If I were to spend money on this album, it would be on the songs, not on the score which can pretty much be heard in any horror movie out there.


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