Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64% (Critics) / 39% (Audience)
Directed By: Adrián García Bogliano
Written By: Eric Stolze
Starring: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest and Tom Noonan
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Synopsis: Ambrose McKinley, a cantankerous blind vet, moves into a retirement community only to learn the residents there have been dying, not from old age, but from dog attacks. After surviving his own encounter with a canine one night, Ambrose comes to believe the assailants are much more than mere dogs. – (Source)
I loved the premise of this film…a werewolf preying on the pets and residents of a small town retirement community under the cover of random animal attacks. It was like a cross between SILVER BULLET and BUBBA HO-TEP. And Nick Damici plays crusty and cantankerous better than most actors in his age range.
The tension of watching a blind war vet going to battle against a legion of werewolves also played really well. You never were sure just how successful Ambrose was going to be in his revenge fueled vendetta against the big bad wolves in his retirement community.
I appreciate that this film was made on a low budget and I commend it for using practical and make-up effects but I really wish a bit more time and effort was put into the wolf make-up. At times the werewolves in this looked like the creatures from the movie CRITTERS.
Watching Stephanie, the girl of Tony Manero’s dancing dreams in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, get mauled by a werewolf was a bummer.
Final Verdict: This was a fun movie that never attempted to be more than it was: namely a heartfelt werewolf horror film with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. Sure some parts of the film suffered sue to its minimal budget but all in all it was a decent little movie.
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I’m so glad to hear that you liked this one, Derek. I can’t believe that only 39% of the audience did, though. It’s better than that and deserves to be seen.
I enjoyed it a lot, more than i anticipated to be honest. I had very little expectations going in but it was a really enjoyable movie.
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