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.
I've been playing RPGs (roleplay games - the short name for the hobby that this book is part of) for over two decades. Noel has gone into a lot of detail about this particular product, and I won't bore you all by going over it all again. But, saying that, I do want to say some things about this game.
RPGs (role play games) started off with Dungeons and Dragons, from this the Solo
Adventure Books spinoffs came about, primarily Fighting Fantasy books. Some years ago The company White Wolf was born, and they gave the RPG hobby a boost with their excellent World of Darkness books, of which Werewolf the Foresaken is one of them. They wrote a set of core rules for each of the primary "horror" monster types and how they would survive within a modern setting. These included vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, mummies, and a range of others. Each core rulebook delt with one specific type of monster, giving their various abilities and how they have integrated into the world over the centures and millenia that they have existed.
You as a player take on the role of one of these monsters, and experience the
terror and thrills of surviving in the World of Darkness.
The werewolf rule book, you play the role of one of, unsurprising, a werewolf, able to transform from into a range of different shapes, from full wolf, to the
huge biped werewolf monster that can ripe apart cars.
The storyteller (the person who has created the storyline that your character will participate in controls the characters you meet and the descriptions of the setting and what is happening. But you as a player describe and decide on what yoru character will do in those situations, and where they will go and what they will do.
It's a mix of game and story, one which you as a player can shape the outcome
As a werewolf, you not only have the power to transform, but you also gain other abilities, sense so heightened that you can see things that no others can, knowledge handed down of the mysteries and mystical.
Whether you fight to help people, or to revel in the power of your nature is entirely up to you. But your choices and actions do have consequences, and can lead to unexpected results. The storytelling system White Wolf created for this game, is a very good system, with interesting and detailed information. It is one of the key rule systems of the hobby (alongside D&D's d20).
If you like telling stories, being part of a story, and your imaginination runs wild, than these games can be huge amounts of fun.
To play you need at least 2 players, one to be the storyteller and one to be the character. Though you can have 3 or 4 or even 8 or more players, each additional player will create and control another character in the story.
This is NOT a werewolf film. I wanted to make that perfectly clear from the start.
There are spoilers in this review, but for those that don't want to read them, just accept that it's a Bad film. This film isn't even bad in a way that makes it funny. It's just a bad film.
The monster is actually somekind of bug/man mutant. The explanation of how the original mutant (the boys father) became one doesn't make a lot of sense, as basically it's "man locked in celler till he was starving then fed the corpse of his lover" and that turned him into a canibilistic bug/monster who could pass on his genetic mutation to his offspring!!
The transformation was the inflating/defalting sacks under fake skin method of effects (done poorly), and it looks to have a bad cut right at the end jumping form an inflated round head bug eyed head to noticeably different looking face when it was finished. This transformation took a long time with all these poeple stood round watching doing practically nothing.
Ok, I'm going to stop here, as I really don't want to recall any more of the film. I wish I'd never watched it.
What's a horny virgin lad supposed to do when a strange old man (Timothy Spall) insists that the hot, sexy, American visitor he's head over heals must-get-into-her-panties about is a werewolf? Especially as since her arrival people have been disappearing ... and werewolves really really like the taste of virgin flesh.
This film is funny, a little rude, and pretty gory in places considering it's a 15 cert, and has a werewolf that is not too shabby to look at. You don't get a transformation scene which is a shame, but you do get crude humour from the protagonists 3 mates (who seem to spend most of the film trying to pull girls and failing really badly at it).
I was very happily surprised by how much I enjoyed this film.
(may contain minor spoilers)
After watching this film, I was not as disappointed as I thought I was going to be. It's not a great film, but it is watchable with a reasonable amount of gore.
The acting in the film was hit and miss. The best being that of the doctor, followed by the mother and love interest. The main werewolf hunter seemed too bland for me, with very little to get me to pay attention to him.
The look of the film reminded me of the better budget sci-fi channel films. And expectations on the quality of the effects should be aimed at that kind of TV movie.
The main lead, for me, seemed a bit weak. There was, like with the main hunter, very little to grab hold of.
The storyline worked and the theory behind the werewolf mythos made sense.
I did wish they'd left out the knife throwing werewolf hunter, as I think the story didn't need him, and he just got in the way for me, though he was one of the more interesting characters in the film.
This is a horror film Icon. A film that any horror fan MUST see.
This is truly a fantastic film. It captures the atmosphere, the sense of entrapment and suspicion, of the plotline perfectly.
The effects are impressive even by todays standards, and back when this film was made they were unbelievably good.
Kurt Russell is at his best in this movie as the protagonist. The other actors all give good accounting of themselves.
The Thing itself is a truly awesome creature, that was an original concept when this film was made. You really do believe that if this thing ever got to civilisation you'd kiss the human race goodbye.
This US remake of the UK Being Human series is just as much fun to watch as the original.
The 1st season reworks the basic plot from the UK show, with enough changes to make it worth watching even if you've seen the UK version. Season 2 onwards the shows become further and further apart until you feel your watching a different show than the UK one.
This is not just a cheap remake, but stands on it's own merit as a great show.
Highly recommend both versions.