In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we go down memory lane with director Greg McLean (The Belko Experiment) on his Wolf Creek 2 film. Lakeshore Records released the Wolf Creek 2 score in 2014 featuring Johnny Klimek. If you’ve seen Wolf Creek, then you’ll recall the relentless suspense and horror brought upon by the maniacal Mick Taylor (played by the fantastic John Jarratt) when an unsuspecting couple cross paths with him in the Australian Outback (stream the movie on Netflix). Wolf Creek was a huge hit in Australia, and after the Wolf Creek 2 film made its way through theaters, the TV series was spawned.
Here in the U.S., we are fortunate to see a new thriller directed by McLean in the form of THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, out in theaters March 17. You can pre-order The Belko Experiment score by Tyler Bates here. Have you been following Greg McLean’s films? Let us know in the comments below!
Director Greg McLean will be bringing Wolf Creek to Australian TV, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The six-part drama series will star John Jarratt, who will reprise his role as Mick Taylor the serial killer, and actors Lucy Fry (11/22/63, 6 Miranda Drive) and Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires, Rabbit-Proof Fence) will co-star. No word on whether the series will make it stateside, but we can only hope. Lakeshore Records released the soundtrack to Wolf Creek 2, featuring score by Johnny Klimek (Sense8, I, Frankenstein, Cloud Atlas). If you’re not caught up on Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek films, you can now watch Wolf Creek 2 On Demand (rent it on iTunes Movies), Netflix and Blu-ray/DVD.
Wolf Creek 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring score by Johnny Klimek is out now on Lakeshore Records.
Lakeshore Records has released an incredible catalog of soundtracks and film scores over the years across a broad spectrum of genres. In keeping with Halloween month festivities, we have curated a veritable A to Z of classic and newly-released film scores which are frightfully good. Which ones are your favorite?
At The Devil’s Door: http://bit.ly/DevilsDoorOST
Blood & Chocolate: http://bit.ly/BnCScore
Cry Wolf: http://bit.ly/Crywolf
Dead Silence: http://bit.ly/DeadSilenceOST
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: http://bit.ly/DBAOTDMusic
Drag Me To Hell: http://bit.ly/DragMeToHellOST
Drive Angry: http://bit.ly/DriveAngryMusic
From Inside: Gary Numan Special Edition: http://FromInsideOST
Enemies Closer: http://bit.ly/EnemiesMusic
Horns Score: http://bit.ly/HornsScore
Hannibal Season 1 Vol. 1: http://bit.ly/HannibalS1V1
Hannibal Season 1 Vol. 2: http://bit.ly/HannibalS1V2
Hannibal Season 2 Vol. 1: http://bit.ly/HannibalS2V1
Hannibal Season 2 Vol. 2: http://bit.ly/HannibalS2V2
I, Frankenstein: Misgiving Remixed – coming soon
Night of the Living Dead 3D: http://bit.ly/NOTLDMusic
Piranha 3D: http://bit.ly/QMDUAu
Piranha 3DD: http://bit.ly/P3DDMusic
Prom Night: http://bit.ly/1lQyNZW
Red Lights: http://bit.ly/RedLightsMusic
Resident Evil: Extinction: http://bit.ly/1rrYem2
Scary Movie 5: http://bit.ly/Scary5Score
Scream 4: http://bit.ly/Scream4Music
Sharknado 2: The Second One: http://bit.ly/Sharknado2OST
Silent Hill Revelation 3D: http://bitly.com/SilentHillMusic
Something Wicked: http://bit.ly/SomethingWickedMusic
Stage Fright: http://bit.ly/Stage-Fright-OST
Stonehearst Asylum: http://bit.ly/StonehearstOST
The Bay: http://bit.ly/TheBayMusic
The Canal: http://bit.ly/TheCanalOST
The Cave: http://bit.ly/TheCaveMusic
The Covenant: http://bit.ly/CovenantOST
The Damned: http://bit.ly/TheDamnedOST
The Exorcism of Emily Rose: http://bit.ly/EmilyRoseOST
The Gift: http://bit.ly/TheGiftSoundtrack
The Hills Have Eyes: http://bit.ly/HillsSoundtrack
The Midnight Meat Train: http://bit.ly/1lqbw2B
The Mothman Prophecies: http://bit.ly/MothManMusic
The Return: http://bit.ly/TheReturnMusic
The Signal: http://bit.ly/1j9IMdL
The Skin I Live In: http://bit.ly/TheSkinMusic
The Spiderwick Chronicles: http://bit.ly/SpiderwickScore
The Stepfather: http://bit.ly/TheStepfatherOST
The Strangers: http://bit.ly/QVDfg0
The Unborn: http://bit.ly/UnbornMusic
The Uninvited: http://bit.ly/UninvitedOST
When A Stranger Calls: http://bit.ly/1nzS8CM
Wolf Creek 2: http://bit.ly/WolfCreek2OST
Underworld: Awakening: http://bit.ly/UAscore
Underworld: Evolution: http://bit.ly/UWEScore
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans: http://bit.ly/UROTLScore
Vampires Suck: http://bit.ly/VSScore
Lakeshore Records recently spoke with Australian Composer Johnny Klimek, score composer for films such as Wolf Creek 2 (watch it on Netflix), I, Frankenstein (with Reinhold Heil) and The Cave. Recognized for his score work on films like Cloud Atlas, Paris, je t’aime and Run Lola Run, Mr. Klimek’s love of music and the creative process is very apparent by how he speaks of his work. With the recent release of the Wolf Creek 2 soundtrack by Lakeshore Records, the busy composer gave us the scoop on what it’s like to work with Wolf Creek Director Greg McLean. As a life-long musician and heavily into the Berlin electronic music scene for many years, Mr. Klimek offers his perspective on film scoring.
Photo: Virginia Park
How did you end up working on the Wolf Creek films?
I met Greg via another film he was planning to do; some months later, he contacted me concerning Wolf Creek 2. I flew back to Australia for a spotting session and watched the film. Greg said he wanted something atonal, except for a few sequences, so I did a lot of sound design and added lots of Orchestral FX.
Growing up as a musician, did you ever consider that you would someday be producing music for films?
It was not the plan. I remember being interested in it and going to see films and thinking I could never do something like that. Then, Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run) walked into my life.
If you were to travel back in time, say, to your childhood, what movie would you love to score?
There are so many. In the horror genre, The Shining (1980) and The Elephant Man (1980).
How do you view the difference between writing and creating music for a band, and for a film?
It’s completely different; film scores are another world. When you score you’re supporting a story line. It’s a creative, emotional, dynamic musical journey.
I just did the score for a film called Kill Me Three Times: it had a guitar-oriented ’60s vibe. You have to adapt to different styles. I grew up with pop music, then got into the Berlin underground electronic scene. It was nothing commercial at all. It was a great training ground for film score.
Do you have a music writing ritual?
The best scenario for me is to read the script and discuss ideas with the director. I like to spend a week or so on sound design and manipulating stuff then I get into the thematic side. Experimenting inspires me to try different things and often wonderful accidents occur.
What is your favorite instrument?
I’m a bass player, but I don’t think it’s my favorite. I tend to love the ukulele and cello — adore the sound! Working with a string section is my favorite.
I’m working on a film directed by Greg Mclean called 6 Miranda Drive, which stars Kevin Bacon. Then, on to a film called A Hologram For The King directed by Tom Tykwer, and stars Tom Hanks. After that, a project called Sense8 (TV series) with the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix).
Available now for download is the new soundtrack for Wolf Creek 2, scored by Johnny Klimek. If you recall, Klimek worked on the score album for I, Frankenstein (with Reinhold Heil). Lakeshore Records is pleased to release the soundtrack to Wolf Creek 2, the sequel to the cult hit, Wolf Creek (2005), written and directed by Greg McLean. To get a preview of the soundtrack, watch the album preview video below to get those spooky senses fired up.