The Collector.

The Thong CollectorOn a recent shopping exhibition in a nearby town, my family and I stopped for lunch at our local KFC. As my husband stood in line for our order, I sat outside with the kids. My eyes scanned the car park behind us and it was then that a particular vehicle caught my attention. An old white van, dirtied with dust, and strangely hanging off the rear bumper, was a collection of rubber thongs.

Now, in Australia, thongs are not only those skimpy pieces of underwear, but also what we wear upon our feet. In some countries, they are known as ‘flip-flops’, but we know them as thongs. After all, it is only in Australia where you can compete in thong throwing!

Bemused by this strange collection, I wondered why anyone would want to have rubber thongs attached to the back of their car. Then it dawned on me that maybe this wasn’t just anybody, but none other than Mick Taylor. When my husband returned with the food, I mentioned it to him and he believed anything was possible out here. We were in a country town, surrounded by farmland and not far from that, acres of bushland of National Park. I had watched Wolf Creek and it gave me chills* – the thought of something like that happening out here, nobody would know. I turned my back upon the van which was beginning to remind of a particular scene from Silence of the Lambs and ate my lunch.

Our car was parked a short distance from the van and as I passed, I noticed whoever owned it had gone to great lengths to put them all on (and there were quite a few pairs). If this wasn’t Mick Taylor proudly displaying his trophies to the world (in which case, it was a good enough signal to stay the hell away), then I was puzzled by the whole idea – Mick Taylor or someone with a bizarre foot fetish? Either way, I got into the car and quickly closed the door behind me.

*Wolf Creek 2 is due to release across Australia on 20 February, 2014.

Are you a collector? Do you perhaps collect something a little out of the ‘ordinary’? Have you seen anything lately that fired your imagination? Did you watch Wolf Creek – what are your thoughts about the movie? Are you thinking of seeing Wolf Creek 2?

Image by Debbie Johansson

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Wolf Creek & Ivan Milat – A Backpacker’s Greatest Nightmare.

Wolf Creek undoubtedly has to be one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in a long time. John Jarrett did a brilliant job in the creepy role of Mick Taylor. If anything was to put off potential tourists to this country, one would only need to watch this movie.

Every summer, in my local caravan park, back-packers arrive to work as fruit pickers. Last summer, I watched as many of them stood by the side of the road and began hitch-hiking.  This became a daily routine of theirs.  I thought to myself ‘haven’t  these people heard of Ivan Milat and Wolf Creek? I don’t know about you, but it would certainly stop me in my tracks! I know for some it is their only means of traveling, and they were fortunate to have been given rides, yet one cannot always be too trusting.

The words ‘Ivan Milat’ and ‘backpackers’ have become synonymous in the Australian psyche. It was during the late 1980s that Ivan Milat began murdering backpackers in Belangalo State Forest in New South Wales. He abducted, sexually molested, tortured and murdered seven people and concealed their bodies, making him one of Australia’s worst serial killers of the 20thcentury. Fortunately his killing spree came to an end in the early 1990s, however his legacy still remains. Which is why it is so creepy watching Wolf Creek.

Now there is the prospect of John Jarrett reprising his role as Mick Taylor – a seriously spooky thought!

Have you ever done any hitch-hiking? Did watching this movie put you off visiting Australia? Are you looking forward to a Wolf Creek sequel?

Images copyright South Australian Film Corporation.