The Daily Telegraph reports
Australian slasher flick Wolf Creek 2 has been well-received by movie critics after making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
The outback sequel to 2005's acclaimed horror movie made its first showing at the popular film festival on Sunday.
The sequel follows the return of outback serial killer Mick Taylor as he reeks his special brand of gory havoc upon more unwitting tourists.
Industry publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter praised the film's acting talent and production values, despite acknowledging the original for having stronger impact and quality.
"Neither as striking nor as fundamentally scary as its predecessor, this pumped-up, robustly crafted pic is still quite a ride, and one that genre-inclined distribs (sic) should have no qualms about hitching,'' Variety wrote.
The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, praised the film's "atmospheric cinematography'' and black humour.
It also lauded "very fine acting'' by John Jarratt, who reprises his role as serial killer Taylor, and Packed to the Rafters star Ryan Corr, as his hapless victim.
"If Corr acts and looks better scene by scene as his character pulls out panicked courage, Jarratt has his role as a psychopath down pat and seems calmly poised for an eventual Part 3,'' it wrote.
Director Greg Mclean on Twitter welcomed the "fantastic'' screening reaction.
"Extremely happy WC2 team today, so warmly welcomed by the coolest cat on the Lido, Alberto Barbera. Impressionante (sic)!,'' he tweeted on Sunday.
Wolf Creek 2 will be released in Australian cinemas on February 14.