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The horror film Wolf Creek was inspired by real Australian serial killers

“It was based on two real murderers in Australia […] “He's a mix of Bradley Murdoch and Ivan Milat,” McLean told Starburst Magazine ahead of the release of “Wolf Creek 2.” After a life of crime that included the death of someone by dangerous driving, Murdoch murdered an English backpacker named Peter Falconio in July 2001. He is still alive and serving a life sentence. Miliat was a serial killer who kidnapped, assaulted, robbed and murdered two men and five women between 1989 and 1992. He targeted backpackers and offered to take them to New South Wales, but instead went to a local state forest to kill them. Miliat is suspected of committing many more murders across Australia, but this has yet to be proven. He died in prison in 2019.

By combining the easily recognisable 'friendly' personalities of Steve Irwin or Crocodile Dundee with two of Australia's worst offenders, McLean created a special kind of insidiousness. “It's really a combination of the international perception of the Australian personality and this hidden side of that personality that also includes dark and negative things. It's an interesting combination of those two things: the iconography and the repressed side of the country.” All I can think of now is the terrifying possibility that Wolf Creek 3 might include a twisted version of the iconography of Australia's current most popular import, Bluey.