I'll admit that exactly how movies like this ever manage to get a proper DVD release is beyond me. My guess is, some distribution company figures that if they throw together a decent-looking DVD cover, they can trick people into thinking they're buying a real movie. This, however, is your standard amateur movie -- the picture quality looks like something you can achieve on home video, certainly not like anything a studio would ever put out. Some of the special effects are terrible, while others are acceptable. I have no problem with all this, I think it's great that people can just come together and make a werewolf movie for the sheer joy of making it, and not actually throw any money at it. But they shouldn't really expect that much in return.
But all that aside, let's judge it on it's own terms. While the script would need a huge overhaul to create something resembling quality, the plot itself has some merit. It involves an unscrupulous surgeon who buys body parts on the black market to use in transplants. One of his patients is a man horribly disfigured in a lab accident, and he unwittingly gives him the eyes of a werewolf, which infects the man with lycanthropy. After committing a string of murders, the man seeks help among those closest to him -- a nurse he has fallen in love with, a determined writer on the supernatural, and a mysterious dwarf.
You can't say it isn't original. And aside from the few plot holes (for example, "I need some help finding a werewolf ... oo, I'll call up my friend, the disabled dwarf!"), it's reasonably entertaining but to be honest a bit trashy. I'm afraid none of the cast have a future in acting. Our hero and the nurse only know each other for about two and a half minutes before jumping into bed together (the actors even manage to have sex unconvincingly), which lead me to believe I might be watching a softcore porn movie with forty minutes of padding inbetween sex scenes. And the unresolved lesbian sub-plot doesn't help.
My advice is, don't fork out for this one unless you enjoy amateur movies. And if you do, there are better ones out there -- maybe take a look at Exhumed first.
A very bad movie, not even the hot chick who's prominently featured on the DVD's cover can save this one. I wished the filmmakers spent a little more time on pre-production before filming this turd.
Special effects in independent movies tend to be a mixed bag ... gore can be achieved quite easily, just a splash of ketchup and some giblets will do a convincing job, and that seems to be the case here. Werewolves, however, are much harder to create. Mostly they just resort to the kind of werewolf costumes you can buy on halloween, which is what we get in this movie (see third photo down). The glowing red eyes are particularly laughable.
You can get away with it, as long as you don't actually show the werewolf that much. POV shots are generally the best way to go. Remember, Ridley Scott had a GREAT looking creature in "Alien", but it barely even appeared on screen. Even Rick Baker's creation in "American Werewolf" is hardly shown except in brief flashes. However, the people who made this movie don't seem to be aware of this. There are some other effects they could have done without, such as the fake moons ... ouch (see second photo down).
The transformation scene is reasonable, it simply uses camera dissolves without bothering about continuity between shots. The makeup itself looks okay (see top photo), but the best scene in terms of special effects is easily the final one when the werewolf tears it's own eyes out (see bottom photo). If only the rest of the effects in the movie were as convincing as that ...
As for the self-referential elements, while there are many werewolf movie references here, they aren't exactly subtle. For example, one of the characters who is an occult writer is actually called "Siodmak". In another scene, when our hero explains to the surgeon that he has become a werewolf, the surgeon responds "What, like Lon Chaney Jr? Oliver Reed?". I doubt that any real research went into the scriptwriting process here.