DarkWolf 2003. A film that gets ragged on by everybody, and rightly so I suppose, but my review is going to be a little different since I both worked on and performed in this movie. I will admit to having a biased opinion, because this was the first movie I ever worked on, and its production will always have fond memories for me. The sad truth is this: It started out as actually a pretty darn good Warewolf story, with a very enthusiastic crew who were thrilled at the prospect of it being produced and having the chance to work together on it, and knew it would be an uphill battle to make it happen. Sadly along the way Hollywood happened.
The whole movie was produced on an extrememly low budget, through no fault of the director, producer, screen writer or anyone else on the team. No one wanted to put up any money for the filming because werewolf movies arent a good investment, as they arent a mainstream attraction and usually only appeal to a pretty select horror fan base. But like most people chasing a dream the small production team stuck to their guns and took on Hollywoods unerring negativity, in the hopes that this movie would get made.
The investors would only give us the money we needed to go ahead with the project if we agreed to change the script to include what started out as "a few" changes to the storyline to include some scenes that they felt would bring a better return on their investment. Sexy scenes that the writer never originally intended were added. CGI that was never originally in the story was forced on us (because they felt that the inclusion of even cheap CGI would produce more revenue).
We knew right off the bat that we had to put up with these changes if we wanted to see our dreams realized and get this film made. We didnt have much budget for a gerat CGI artist but the guy we got was actually pretty decent, however in order to afford him we had to cut our funds for other areas of the film, consequently the actual production team was placed in the movie as “extras” and during one filming session our CGI artist was involved in a nasty accident (cut from the released film of course) and fell from a platform severely slicing his forearm leaving him unable to finish his CGI work before the release of the film.
The "black guy" mentioned in the above review who was killed in an early scene is another member of the production crew, and he was not selected for that part because we wanted to kill off an African American asap. He was included in that scene because he really really wanted that part and had a blast off camera freaking out the rest of the crew with what was, in all honesty, really gruesome makeup even close up.
The wolf costume was another area which we had to skimp on and it was pieced together from parts of a gorilla costume. Yes, you read that correctly. A gorilla costume. It was a pretty good quality one and actually when all was said and done our art department did a darn good job on its transformation into the likeness of a wolf.
I thik that just about touches on most of the main areas of criticism surrounding this film. I’m in no way excusing how terrible the final release was, but I felt I would at least explain a little as to why it was released in the state it was. I apologize personally for not providing you with a better film, but in the end we did our best with what we had, and it produced enough revenue to support the production of better films for you in the future.