Directed By: Lance W. Dreesen
Written By: Lance W. Dreesen
Starring: Trevor Duke, Richard Tyson, Kimberly J. Brown, David Naughton ...
Running Time: 95 min
Release Date: 05/06/2007
Directed By: Lance W. Dreesen
Written By: Lance W. Dreesen
Starring: Trevor Duke, Richard Tyson, Kimberly J. Brown, David Naughton ...
Running Time: 95 min
Release Date: 05/06/2007
I was really looking forward to this one. Firstly, there was the fact that it features a cameo from David "American Werewolf" Naughton, which alone would make it worth seeing, and secondly I read a promising interview with the director who spoke at length about exploring the 'darker aspects' of the werewolf myth. Early reports weren't good, but I tried to approach it with an open mind all the same.
The story opens in a rainforest, with some hunters wandering around looking a bit lost when suddenly they are attacked by a wolf man. There are some amusing gore effects and over-the-top acting which promise, if nothing else, some entertaining B-movie fun ahead. Cut to sunny Middle America and we're introduced to a group of college kids enroute to a cabin for some weekend partying. It's a colourful group with plenty of stereotypes, which means we can have lots of fun guessing who's going to get torn to shreds first. Woo! Anyway, of course they get lost on the way and of course they receive a mysterious warning from a weird old man not to go to the cabin. None of this clues off the characters that they might be in a horror movie, so they soon end up arriving at the cabin and it doesn't take long before they're getting all drunk and horny and, umm, dead.
Echoes of the Evil Dead and American Pie abound in equal measure as proceedings get underway with a minimum of fuss. In fact, if the Farrelly brothers made a werewolf movie, I'm pretty sure this would probably be it. It aims to shock and there's plenty of bad taste on show throughout. So it all really depends on how you feel about that sort of thing. But I wouldn't say that this is a 'dark' movie ... "Ginger Snaps" was dark, this is just dirty. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Unfortunately it's a bit inconsistent about it, and can't seem to decide if it wants to be a gross-out comedy or a moody horror movie. It can't really be both.
The majority of the movie follows the two survivors of the cabin bloodbath as they try to uncover the identity of the beast, and this gets a bit dull in places, but the finale is suitably bloody, and the door is left wide open for a sequel. It isn't an amateur werewolf movie as such; I've seen plenty of those. There was clearly at least some kind of experience and budget behind this project, if only a B-budget. Though the majority of the cast are unknowns, David Naughton certainly isn't the only recognisable face here (and barely recognisable he is). We have Clint Howard and Kimberly J Brown (of the "Halloweentown" movies) among others. The filmmakers do the best they can with limited means, for the most part going for a campy fun approach where the special effects are concerned, which is usually the best approach in this situation.
Overall this is a reasonably well-accomplished, fun and diverting little movie, so long as you don't expect too much from it. The wolf-attack scenes are easily the most entertaining part. It's ultimately fairly empty and not even close to the movie I hoped it would be, but worth seeing all the same.
Just got my copy from Ebay and watched it twice - once with director's commentary. I really enjoyed this movie. It's professionally made, well paced, shot and edited with proper actors of decent quality. Richard Tyson as the bad guy stepdad/werewolf is actually rather good as is Kimberley Brown as Sam.
I thought the story was pretty good and didn't quite go the way I was expecting it to. I imagined it was just another 'teens go to a cabin in the woods and get killed one by one' movie, but it isn't. There is actually a plot and some subtext here. The director says this film is an attempt to use the beast as a metaphor for struggling with addiction and as a representation of the id and the beast within. This is why this werewolf can talk and likes to taunt people, and why he doesn't just kill, but enjoys a spot of rape and torture - and it works just fine in the context of the film. It's also a retelling of the classic mythological story of the son having to confront the father figure to finally become a man. The director acknowledges major story elements owe a lot to the movie The Stepfather (the sheriff is named after that films director, Joe Rubin), and even Shakespeare's Hamlet. The film is also filled with homages to great movies by Hitchcock, Spielberg and Landis. I won't say what they are, but see if you can spot them or just listen to the interesting and informative commentary.
Having said all that, there is still plenty of gratuitous nudity, humour and some nice gore. The make up and CG FX are actually quite good. The wolf is of a decent design and about as well done as you get with standard makeup FX (no animatronics - just man in suit).
What I liked most about this film was its take on the werewolf as a representation of the darkest, nastiest and innermost human desires. The villain, while always a pretty nasty guy, had been struggling to control his 'problem' and had actually been quite successful until the daft teens got involved.
This is of course a very low budget film. What makes this far superior to similar low budget efforts is that the writer/director had a clear vision of the type of story he wanted to tell and actually spent time on the script and in casting some decent actors.
Not brilliant or a classic, but much better than I expected and one I will keep and not sell on or burn unlike the abortion that is The Feeding.
This movie should have been called "Big Bad Movie". I will not refer to it as a film, since I feel this would suggest that the movie has some artistic value.
I have long been a fan of horror movies and of werewolves and although I am not offended by the required nudity in many horror movies, I felt this movie went too far; to the point of being silly.
First, the werewolf goes around ripping the shirts off almost every female he comes in contact with and even ends up raping one of the girls in the cabin. I simply don't believe that a blood thirsty, murderous beast would stop to "smell the roses" like that. As if werewolf to human rape and breast fondling isn't enough, then we are subjected to the lead female character giving him oral sex. It is very difficult to have any sympathy for a lead character when the movie makers rip away any respect and concern you may have had for the character. After that scene in the bathroom, I am left saying to myself "I sure as hell hope he kills that nasty slut next". The sexual content in this movie can only be described as immature and juvenile at best and contributes nothing to this movie's simple plot.
I also did not like that they made the werewolf talk and wear pants. The werewolf costume and makeup just looked too much like a guy in a suit. The transformation scene is also poor, primarily because it is mostly bad CGI.
In my opinion, the people who made this movie did not take their subject matter
very seriously and it shows in the final product. All in all this movie really
fell short for me and I certainly can not recommend it to others.
This movie seems to be a movie of two parts.
The start and end seems to want to be a horror comedy, and the middle a thriller/detective style horror. Doesn't work well, as you already know all the answers before the detective part starts, which makes the middle of the film not reveal anything to the audience.
The acting I would say is fairly typical teen slasher acting levels. The kind where emotional responses tend to be over by the next scene. Not bad enough to ruin the film, but not an asset to the film either.
The Storyline is standard, and nothing unusual in it. No twists or turns happen to distract the watch from the other elements of the film.
The Gore is pretty good. With tried and tested techniques which work. It's one of the positives of the film.
I guess I'd better mention the nudity/sex as well. The scene with the wolf and girl some may consider to have been too much. It was not lingered on though, but it did seem rather an odd time/place for it to occur - but perhaps the wolf wanted them to see to install further terror in his pray. There is also an irrevant sex scene between two of the teens, that could have been left out with no impact ot the story.
The wolf was a bit of a disappointment. They tried to give him a dark/nasty sense of humour, but unfortunately the timing of the jokes felt a little off, and so the humour came out a little flat. And the personality didn't mesh well between his wolf shape and human shape. I had nothing against having the werewolf able to speak, and indeed, when you heard him speaking whilst he was not actually on camera it sounded ok. But half the time when he was on camera and talking the mouth didn't seem to move, which was a shame.
The overall look of the werewolf was ok, though having a more pronounced snout
would have been better (in the Design of the Wolf extra on the DVD they said
they deliberately made it more human faced so that the actors muscles and
movements would show up through the makeup - they don't - the original scetch
for the wolf's head looked much better then the finished makeup). Having him
still in pants, reminded me too much of the old Incredible Hulk series where
he'd always loose his shirt but never his trouses.
His movements also felt too ape like and not enough wolf like. Infact if
they'd not said "this is a werewolf" the design of it could have passed for
any number of Hairy monsters. It needed more wolfness to it.
The main transformation was poor. The CGI effects were cheap and looked it.
They'd have done better just not having it in at all. Although the various
"bits" of changing as he tries to stop it were better.
As mentioned in other reviews the direct wanted the wolf to portray the dark
side of the human nature, the base emotion of lust - bloodlust sexlust
torturelust were all supposed to be expressed by the werewolf. The main problem
is they toned this down by adding in the humour (which would have worked if the
human form of the werewolf had a sense of humour, but he didn't).
After saying all that, if you do not expect too much from this film, than it is reasonably entertaining. And, if you go into the movie with that attitude than I'd add another moon to its rating.
Extra's on the DVD included:
How the wolf was made - documentary about the development and crafting of the
Music Video - A compilation of behind the scenes film, set to a music
Directors cometary - I've not listened to this yet. So cannot comment.
Fun, fun, fun. That's how I describe Big Bad Wolf. It's nothing like the downed mud covered blob that I just witnessed in "Skinwalkers."
Big Bad Wolf brings something different to the table, making it a unique entrant into our beloved genre'. The humor is a bit more juvinile than the humor in "Dog Soldiers." But I guess that's to be expected since we're dealing with a young cast.
Putting the DVD in, my expectations weren't that high. But I found myself laughing and clapping throughout the feature. When we finally get to see the werewolf "taking" the young blonde I yelled out "Finally!" I for one have been asking for years why don't the bad guys/slashers/creatures ever have sex with the girls? Now, I've been satisfied. I've seen plenty of slasher flicks with blood spurtting out of necks. Who would have thought we'd get to see blood spurtting out a boob? Yes!!
Yes, the werewolf keeps his pants on...what's the big deal. No one complained
when the Incredible Hulk kept his pants on!
My only complaint was the CGI transformation. Yikes. They could have saved money by just simply shaving down the costume in steps.
Big Bad Wolf is a really good movie, you've got see it, at least once. I doubt
it'll reach cult status and it's a far cry from becoming a classic. But it's
worth the $9 bucks I spent for the DVD.
This one took me by surprise. A werewolf that can crack jokes while ripping teenagers to pieces. The guy who played the werewolf was campy fun. Whoever played the two lead teenage roles need to consider stepping into bigger productions. They derserve Oscars. The teenagers that become werewolf food, not so much. It looks like they were pulled out of a Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie in which they were about to be ripped apart by a laughable chubacabra-thing only to become Mr. B.B. Wolf's dinner. One part I do not like is the CGI transformation. I like CGI, but only if it is good CGI.
A much better effort in the recent low-budget attempts at werewolf movies, but it doesn't hold a candle to "Ginger Snaps" or "Dog Soldiers". But hey, it's much better than "The Beast of Bray Road" (curse you Asylum!)
I so totally did NOT enjoy this movie... for me it was a massive let down. Yes the werewolf making snide comments and taunting the teens was pretty funny and the gore factor was pretty amazing, but it just lacked that vital little hook movies have to have for me. The teens go to a cabin in the middle of the woods and surprise surprise, most of them get killed and partially eaten. And then they got home to find that the main guy's stepdad is the werewolf. Oh yeah, absolutely cliche, not to mention the raunchy nudity and the werewolf-raping-the-blonde-chick scene. If you like those kind of things, this is your movie; if not I suggest something with a little more class and suspense.
I just saw it. It was okay. It seemed really cool til the werewolf started talking. That just killed it for me. I guess I'm old fashioned. I wasn't thrilled about seeing that on Cursed either. I am all for smart werewolves. But talking ones........ It just didn't seem right to me, but that's just my opinion. I wasn't thrilled about the rape parts either. It was cool to see David Naughton though, even though it was a small part.
The werewolf at times looks like a troll doll, and his hair stle magically changes every few seconds. Certainly not as bad as some of the other werewolf movies around, but don't go out of your way to watch it.
I'm not one to hate a movie, I usually find something to like about it. This is a great movie from a comedic point a view, a great low budget film with classic old school gore scenes. It has a little cg which sucks (cg sucks period), but not much due to the budget. The talking werewolf was done because the director wanted to be the first to do it and to splice in a little comedy. The commentary helps you to appreciate the movie. In all this was not a bad movie, just don't take it to seriously and you will enjoy it.
This movie was ok but not that great!!! I felt it needed to lay off of the sexual interaction. The whole opener wasn't bad with the little pig comment, but it went down hill when the wolf had to have sex. Really he had to have sex with her? And then ripping the guys balls of was just even more lame. The movie didn't get any better until the very end where the love between the two best friend blooms. Yes the nerd boy and the biker chick hook up go figure. Then the movie just ends kinda leaves you to feel that there should be more but there isn't. They ride off into the sunset unphased by the fact people where killed all around them and the nerd is cursed. LAME!
This is the werewolf movie I have been waiting for!!! They must have had me, and guys like me, in mind when they wrote the script. The werewolf wasn't as wolfish as I had hoped, however his zest for torture, rape and slaughter more than made up for it. This is a fun, gore-fest of a movie that proves the real beast lives inside the human half of a werewolf.
I'll huff and I'll puff and say come out little kiddies, it's the big, bad wolf. Oh boy, did I screw up with this movie. Last year, I promised the folks in my trailer park a scary Halloween movie. Ho,Ho,Ho, did I screw up. Half way through the movie, most of the people walked out because of the language. Next, some of them said it was too violent, thirdly they didn't like the half nude scenes. Well, I thought it was campy as hell. No, it's not an oscar winner but, but more an Oscar wiener. This isn't a movie for the little kiddies or the old folks at home but, if your like me and want to see just how far they are going to go with a movie, You'll watch it. My favorite line in the movie was "come out, come out, wherever you are". Movie is good for a chuckle.
this is one of the movies that I disliked the most lost the essense of the real werewolfs
In most ways this is pretty much your average B-movie werewolf, which enjoys ripping girls clothes off as much as it enjoys ripping limbs off. There's a fellow called Waldemar Daninsky who would probably get on pretty well with this Big Bad Wolf. The only difference is I'm pretty sure no Naschy werewolf actually had sex with any of his female victims, while in wolf form. In fact, I think this might mark the very first occasion in werewolf movie history that a wolfed-out lycanthrope has been shown on screen doing the deed with a human. Not that it's a badge of honour or anything. But I'm pretty sure that technically it's only 25% bestiality, at most.
The wolf changes at the full moon, or when he gets emotionally worked-up. Then there's the whole 'talking' thing. They did this to some extent in Wes Craven's "Cursed", and I had a problem with it mostly because it was done in a completely inconsistent way. The wolf in this movie talks right from the start, and it kinds of works okay, even if it does sound like a pro wrestler most of the time. I'm always open to movies that play with the perception of what a werewolf should be. In the majority of werewolf movies, they don't talk. Here, they made the decision that it would, and used that idea quite well. There's mention of silver bullets, but it's fire that eventually does the werewolf in (or does it?).
The wolf itself looks perfectly fine in a campy sort of way. They put together quite a nice-looking full-body werewolf suit, and they aren't timid about showing it in its entirety. The transformation effects are all CG, and in small doses they're just about okay. The single full transformation scene is also CG and doesn't really work all that well. If you use CG in a werewolf movie, it has to at least be good CG. It is at least better than the "DarkWolf" transformation, but nothing to write home about (see second photo down). Given the style of the other effects, a physical transformation scene probably would have been more interesting.