I had heard that Australian filmmaker Greg McLean’s “Rogue”, the follow-up to his graphic true-life serial killer movie “Wolf Creek”, was going direct to DVD in the States, but that seems to have been premature. The film, about a killer croc, was in danger of being torpedoed by the box office shlacking of the similarly themed “Primeval”, also about a killer croc, although sold (falsely) as a serial killer movie. While a release date for McLean’s croc movie seems up in the air, IMDB does list it as opening October 2007.
Here’s a rather lengthy description via Imdb.com:
An idyllic wildlife cruise disintegrates into terror when a party of tourists are stalked by a massive man-eating crocodile. Pete McKell, a cynical American travel writer, joins a disparate group of holiday-makers on a river cruise through the waters of Kakadu National Park. Initially Pete clashes with their tour captain, Kate, a feisty young woman who assumes he is just another ‘city-slicker’ in search of a quick thrill. After an uneventful day cruising the river, Kate is reluctantly persuaded to steer their boat into unexplored territory. They discover a secluded lake but terror strikes when their craft receives a powerful blow from beneath the murky depths and begins to sink. With little choice, she beaches the vessel on the closest dry land -a tiny mud island. With a rising tide and only half an hour of daylight left, fear grips the group as they realize they are trapped in the lair of a ‘rogue’ crocodile, governed only by its need to hunt and kill. Begrudgingly, Pete and Kate join forces to keep hysteria at bay and in the process start to see beyond their initial impressions. Their first attempt to escape fails, but then Pete has an idea – they must trap the crocodile to enable the group to flee to the other side of the island whilst Kate swims for help. Pete volunteers to stand guard, but without warning, the beast breaks free and targets Kate who fails to resurface. As darkness descends and the muddy waters rise, a terrifying struggle ensues with only one probable outcome death.
Starring Radha Mitchell, Sam Worthington, Stephen Curry, John Jarratt, Mia Wasikoska, and directed by Greg McLean.
It would really suck for McLean if the film were to go direct to DVD, as that would mean a major step back from the wild success of “Wolf Creek”.
A minute-long trailer for “Rogue”:
Some images from “Rogue”: