- Makeup effects artist Rick Connelly was seen moving body part props
- Police arrive and congratulate him on authenticity of work
- Connelly says Wolf Creek 2 even gorier than the original film
00:24 GMT, 14 February 2014
00:51 GMT, 14 February 2014
Police were called to the home of the makeup effects artist for Wolf Creek 2 after neighbours thought they were witnesses to a ‘murder scene’.
The dead bodies used in the film are so gruesome and realistic that neighbours did not realise Rick Connelly was simply moving props.
Returning home from the Wolf Creek 2 set at 3am one morning, Connelly, who runs Connelly Make-up FX Team with his wife Charmaine, had some of the bloodied and dismembered body parts with him.
Wolf Creek 2 is due for release on February 20 and is set to terrify a new generation who thought backpacking around Australia was a safe thing to do
Deciding not to bring them into his unit, Connelly left it until morning to move them – to the horror of his North Adelaide neighbours who thought they were witnesses to a murder scene. Connelly told AAP the scene must have been scary for onlookers.
‘Carrying these limbs and bags with bits of limbs hanging out, someone saw me and phoned the police,’ Connelly said.
‘I had banging on the door and four or five police officers saying there’s a report of me carrying body parts.’
Connelly said after letting officers inspect the bloody limbs they complemented him on the authenticity of his gruesome work.
‘They said congratulations – it looks so real that someone phoned us … I could have done without it, but it was a good compliment,’ he said.
John Jarratt reprises his role as the infamous villain Mick Taylor who enjoys torturing young backpackers on their journey through outback Australia
Eight years after the original film was released, Wolf Creek 2 will again see the outback become a place of violent terror as tourists are preyed on by a serial-killer
Proving his flair for creating shocking props, this is the second time Connelly’s work sparked concern from the public. While working on the Jindabyne movie 2006, neighbours thought a body on the back deck of their hotel room was a nude bather and then a dead person.
A similar incident happened to a 34-year-old UK makeup artist last June, when police were called to his Nottingham home after he left a fake but realistic severed hand and finger in the street as a present for his niece’s 15th birthday.
Accustom to having fake dead bodies around him, Connelly said it did not scare him because they are made of rubber and foam, but they did affect actors.
‘One of the actors, who we duplicated for Wolf Creek 2 and he kind of loses his head, there was a report that he didn’t sleep that well after he saw that scene being shot, because he saw himself and he didn’t connect that it was just a prop,’ he said.
While dismembered body parts are different from his work making babies in bellies for TV series Offspring, Connelly’s work on Wolf Creek 2 marks his third collaboration with the film’s director Greg McLean.
Graphic gore is will be taken up a level in Wolf Creek 2 with the movie’s makeup effects artist Rick Connelly creating bloodied and dismember body parts for the film
Working together on the first Wolf Creek in 2005 and again in 2007 for man-eating crocodile horror Rouge. In Rouge it took Connelly more than two months to make a detailed duplicate of Sam Worthington who starred in the movie.
Connelly said Wolf Creek 2 had taken the gore factor up a level from the original.
‘I wasn’t sure if they were going to go for an MA15+ rating or an R+ rating, because there’s a lot of gory stuff in this,’ he said. ‘A lot more than the first movie.’
Wolf Creek 2, rated MA15+, is released in Australian cinemas on February 20.