Liked this movie but, for some strange reasons. I really liked the musical score for the movie. At first, I saw this movie on the syfy channel one afternoon and it was half way through the movie. I didn't care for the make up for the werewolfs but, the music really shook me. At one point, I could have swore I was listening to a young Paul McCartney. I went out and bought the movie. The best scenes in the movie are the interactions of the locals. But by and large, nothing really worth remembering. However, Geoff Gibbons music makes this movie shine. Great songwriting is an infectious thing for me especially when it sets the mood of the scenes in the movie. Too bad the acting was not that great. Being a musician, I hope to hear more music by Geoff Gibbons. Surprisingly, this movie was titled"WOLFMOON". How it got renamed "DARK MOON RISING", is a mystery to me.
Actually, this a very sad movie. I felt a great sadness for this girl and her affliction. I knew a family that had this particular disease and they were so persecuted in Sarasota, Florida. They traveled in a small circus and had go shopping for groceries late at night because people would stare at them and ask them if they knew it wasn't Halloween. Yeah, people can be cruel. Actually, I think this movie brings a good point across about this condition. The acting isn't great, but one can feel empathy for the girl. The ending was kind of strange though. Watch it and see if you can understand the consternation of the predicament. How would any of us handle such a malady?
I just bought a compilation of movies and this movie was on it with the Howling 4. I will agree about the script for this movie but, I did like the make up for the werewolf and disagree with the description of the make up. I didn't think it was shoddy but, I will concede that there should have been more shots of the werewolf to get a better look. I liked the big barrel chested look. Some thing different for the appearance. It added a dimension to the look. But, if I had to rate the movie. it would have been overcooked. Looks can't sell a badly scripted movie with bad writing.
I really enjoyed this film and it was because of the superb makeup that was used in the scenes of change for the werewolf. This is an old way of portrayal but, this is what made the original a hit. I for one, didn't see that much cgi in the movie but, perhaps I'll have to watch it again. The metamorphosis was great and much better than Van Helsing which I didn't really care for. Lon Chaney complained bitterly about the make up he had to wear in the original especially the Yak hair. The revamping of the make up was very well done. I especially enjoyed the scene of the transformation in the chair strapped down in the asylum. Loved it!
Just saw this movie today and must say, pee yew!! what bad direction. If not for the actors towing the line, this movie really would have sunk to a lower rating. Can't understand why the werewolf costume was so rushed in the filming. I liked it, and I especially liked the idea of a werewolf with more of a barrel chested shape more so than usual. I thought it looked cool. Too bad the story line was forgettable. Rather pointless and stupid. I just couldn't understand what the connection was between the werewolf and the reporter from L.A. They never explored that part of the storyline. Hunh, maybe I missed something? This definitely was overcooked.
I remember seeing this movie as a child and being truly frightened. But you the know the thing of it is, is that the lighting for this movie emphasized the make up perfectly. Notice the shadowing and how effective the lighting gives the werewolf a terrifying look. I'll admit that the movie itself lacked a good script. Henry Hull was just too stiff. I would have to agree with other reviews about the make up now. Jack pierce called it the " Elvis werewolf", I guess I could agree with that as well. There are some memorable moments when Spring Byington brings some good comedy to the movie and tries to lift it up but, The change scenes are very well done. My favorite of course; is as he walks through the lab and starts to change.
Boy, I thought this movie was going to be good so, I plunked down money to see it in the theater. By the time the movie was over, I was ready to howl. It's all very campy about the Loup Garou, and it stands to reason that we are to gain some insight into the legends of the Bayou. David Jansens forgettable character was just awful. It was painful to sit through this movie. Oh he was a great fugitive but, in this movie I wanted to run away. The make up for the werewolf was minimal and probably because it was just that bad. As my friends and I left the movie thearter we started saying " You had bettare wash out, faw the Loup Garou Ohwooooooooooo!!" Don't waste your time on this one.
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.
Ah Romania, the Romance and such, is in this film for sure. Although it is about love in the teenage sense of the word, it is more of a romantic movie than a horror movie. Buckner, Dancy, and Martinez give fair acting chores to a very ponderous screen play. At times the movie gets bogged down in romantic trivialities, and you won't find it that scary. In the final parts of the movie (the chase scene) our hero is able to survive thanks to some cutlery from a restaurant.
I wonder if anyone else noticed that this movie was probably the motivation for the "Twilight saga"series of movies. After all, there is a lot of guys running around bare chested and there is some nudity. Holy Loup Garou!!! 'taint twilight but, you can just bet that this is where the whole idea for that series of movies came from. The book as previously stated on this critics page gives us a different type of werewolf. And what is portrayed in this movie is something that is far from the books description. This is definitely a movie for lovers.
I saw this film on SyFy quite a few years ago and was impressed enough to search for it high and low and finally found it to watch it again. It has some gore in it for sure and, the werewolf is a step up from the usual ones you and I have seen. This one is really different. Not bad on the makeup and the movie does get a little bogged down at times but, as it moves along it picks up momentum and then slows down again. This wouldn't have been a bad movie except that the director Alessandro De Gaetano kind of got into too much stuff in between scenes so, you feel your self fidgeting, wondering when the movie will move on. I kind of enjoyed it for some silly reason. The werewolf was kind of cool looking.
I would have to agree with Captain Couths review somewhat of the fact that, this movie was directed very badly and what could have been a viable story plot line was turned into a wishy washy bad film. It got so bogged down, I had to leave the room for a while because I became restless with the whole bloody thing.
Gad Zooks, it's Nina Dobrev in a movie where she's thinking that her neighbor is a werewolf.
I suppose that this is what it took to get Ms.Dobrev consideration for the series "the vampire diaries"still, it is a hoot to say the least.
What I can't understand is how the werewolf, didn't try to get him some of that next door neighbor chow? Nina Dobrev does everything but sit in his lap and give him a lap dance. Ah well, Kevin Sorbo saved the day with a very funny performance in the film. Usually as others have pointed out, Syfy does have some really lousy filming techniques but, for this movie, the acting saved it from any further damage. Did ya just get into an argument with your neighbor? This movie will have you chuckling after ya watch it.
Well, doggone it. A new perspective on a werewolf movie and not bad at that. The only thing is that I hate those type of movies that have that camera shots all over the place. I detest those type of movies but, for this movie I endured it. A very interesting take on Lycanthropry. However, be warned that the top French cop looks a dead ringer for "Hell's kitchen" Halsey. Yes, it's true. Halsey is now hunting werewolves. Just when you thought you had had enough of him on the cooking show. No, it's not really him but, it annoyed me to no end. The ending didn't really set any stratagem. But, it is a fresh new idea in the lore of Werewolfism.
Boy oh boy!!! This one is really bad. It didn't have the direction to make this film work. I think the idea was intriguing, but it didn't happen. I did notice the cast and, gee you would have thought that Tim Thomerson and Adrienne Barbeau could have had a better script to work with but, No. All the werewolves had a severe case of black nose but, nothing in the make up department could have been so poorly executed. Remember John Saxon? This great actor gets such a poor part in this film. He was one of the best actors in Science fiction.
Werewolf movies come and go but this one had some direction in it that kept the watcher interested. At last a plausible tale of Lycanthropy that is illuminating. And the introduction of the the weredelac? Any way, I can honestly say that I was so surprised that it came off so well that I immediately went out and bought the movie. The doctor in the village was great and I would have never guessed that he knew the werewolf's secret identity but, he pulled it off. And the Vampire well, that wasn't such a surprise. I kind of figured out he was something strange but, I didn't think he was a vampire. Nifty little tale and worth the watch. Did anyone notice the special lighting effects? The same as the ones used in the Illusionist. Let's hope this is the start of better werewolf movies.