Have I told you how much I hate when people shoot day for night? Ugh. And it is so prevalent in the next film recommended from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book as I continue exploring the werewolf chapter.
Honestly, this one is pretty horrible. It’s budget is so strained that it feels more like a movie of the week (back in the day when that was a thing) rather than a theatrical feature. And while the werewolf makeup is kind of interesting even that can’t save this film.
Richie (Scott Sealey) is your typical youngster who is trying to navigate the new territory of his recently divorced parents. Meeting his father, Robert (Kerwin Matthews) it’s easy to tell why – he’s a chauvinist, and he’s not afraid to show it.
But it seems every weekend Richie and his dad head up into the mountains for a little male-bonding and fishing. Unfortunately, on their most recent trip, they were attacked by something, and though the body, when it is recovered (impaled on a street sign) is definitely human, Richie believes it was a werewolf.
Robert denies this, and I guess the only reason he wouldn’t confirm his son’s outlandish version of events, is because he was bitten…
And now, no one will believe Richie that his father is now a creature of the night!! A werewolf!!!
Instead, his mom, Sandy (Elaine Devry) thinks both her son, and her ex-husband need some therapy, and maybe she can mold and change both of them into better people. She even agrees to accompany them on one last trip to the cabin, which involves a silly encounter with a Jesus commune, that plays a part towards the climax.
There seems to be a lot of humor (and it feels unintentional) in this one, but nothing can save this film. It’s honestly that horrible.
I think there’s an idea here in the film somewhere, one that could have garnered a bit of a cult following if executed properly, but nothing in this one works. Performances feel stilted and silly, the story is absurd, and the attacks, and deaths largely happen off-screen and consequently, we miss some of the best parts of a werewolf movie.
And speaking of, the transformation sequence is just silly. It’s an old fashion dissolve from one image to another to show the changes effecting the creature.
I knew, of course, going into this book that they weren’t all going to be winners, but this one was a real struggle to get through. So definitely pick up a copy of DK Books’ Monsters in the movies, but definitely skip this movie.
Instead find something bloody and macabre to watch tonight!