Rogue, the story of an American travel writer (Michael Vartan) who finds a killer crocodile in Australia's Northern Territory, has been hailed as the most expensive Australian horror movie ever: A$26 million. Melbourne's The Age reports that the Greg McLean-directed Rogue premiered in Darwin last night, August 11, 2007, "with tourism bosses predicting its killer croc star would attract visitors to the Northern Territory rather than frighten them off."
The Age explains that when McLean's debut feature Wolf Creek was released in 2005, "the British media claimed it would do for Australia's outback what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean. But backpacker visitors to Australia increased by 9 per cent in the year after the film was released."
'Rogue' movie cast
Besides Michael Vartan, Greg McLean's Rogue movie features Radha Mitchell, Sam Worthington, Celia Ireland, Stephen Curry, John Jarratt, Heather Mitchell, and Mia Wasikowska. Also written by McLean, the film has been nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category for this year's Australian Writers' Guild Awards, the Awgies. Update: Rogue also received one AFI Award (Australian Film Institute Award) nomination, for Best Visual Effects.
Now, can you see Rogue's killer crocodile in the poster on the right?
Michael Vartan movies
Among the French-born, American-raised Michael Vartan's movies are Beeban Kidron's To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), with Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo; Raja Gosnell's Never Been Kissed (1999), with Drew Barrymore and David Arquette; John Schlesinger's The Next Best Thing (2000), with Madonna and Benjamin Bratt; Steven Feder's It Had to Be You (2000), with Natasha Henstridge; Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo (2002), with Robin Williams and Connie Nielsen; and Robert Luketic's Monster-in-Law (2005), with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez.
Michael Vartan in Rogue movie photo: Roadshow Entertainment.