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.
I've not read this for years, but I remember it being a very good novel with an
interesting and different take on becoming a werewolf. It is at heart a love
story, but there are strong mystery and horror elements and it is beautifully
written by Cadnum. Quite an old book (early 90s) and difficult to find in the
I loved this book. It is by the authors of one of my favourite horror novels of
all time, the 1980s New York set vampire tale called 'The Light at the End'.
It has a similar style in that it is dark, violent and bloody, but also very
sexy and compelling with some interesting and fun characters.
The book was written in 1993 and I have an original US paperback. I don't
think it was ever released in the UK and is very hard to find.
I just bought a cheap copy of this on dvd despite all the warnings from
across the internet saying how terrible it is. Hey, what can I say? I'm a
sucker for a werewolf movie.
I wasn't expecting anything great or even half-decent of this. Having just
finished it, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a fun, well-paced,
gory little monster movie. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing special and is a
pure B movie of the highest (or lowest?) order, but it's no where near as bad as
some efforts I've seen.
The flick was obviously made for an almost zero budget, but the director did a reasonable job with some so so actors. I quite liked the design and fx for the
beast which were actually quite effective in some shots. There were some quite
good sequences with most of the beast attacks being reasonably well staged
boasting some nice, cheap gore effects. Also, on a purely base male level, the
gorgeous Sarah Lieving (one of production companies regular actors) certainly
kept my attention throughout.
The Asylum produced the film, the notorious micro budget exploitation company
who specialise in making ultra cheap and terrible rip offs of current
blockbusters. At least this film is 'original' and is based very, very
loosely on actual events of rumoured beast sightings in the US State of
In the low to no budget horror arena there are worse films than this around -
including pretty much anything else from The Asylum. So, if you are a fan of
low to no budget cheesy monster movies then you could do a lot worse.