With a house payment coming up soon, I decided to save my money this week and skip over the newest horror film at the theater. With it being in 3D as well, that means it will be even more money to go see it. To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed by the trailers for Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. Maybe I will check it out next weekend if I have the extra money by then. So what to watch for here then? I have four films to get through from Netflix, which are all from the last couple of years, so I decided to get through one of those. I picked Night Wolf only because it had a 2012 date on it. I think the DVD hit the States in 2012, but being a UK film, it actually came out in 2010. I thought about doing the review on my main blog, but changed my mind obviously.
Sarah (Isabella Calthorpe) is returning to her parents home after being away for a long time. Her brothers has decided to get a few friends together in order to welcome Sarah back home. While they are all out in the barn having a good time, for the most part, the power goes out during a storm. They all head back into the house in order to find some candles when Sarah and the others discover her father dead. He looks like he has been torn open pretty bad, and whatever did it is still in the house. Finding a way to get away from whatever it is, they head up into the basement where they try to figure out what to do from there. As you can tell from the movie poster, we are dealing with a werewolf here. But who is wolfing out is the big question here.
Night Wolf was a little bit of a surprise for me. I really wasn’t expecting much out of it, and it doesn’t really start off all that great either. The party was really nothing to write home about. They know some of the friends better than others. Some don’t get along to well and so on. It was all just kind of there. It hurt a lot that it was hard to hear what was being said a lot of the time, all through the movie, even with the volume turned up real high. Once everyone heads back into the house, things get a little better. I still wasn’t expecting much, but this is where Night Wolf managed to surprise me. It still didn’t turn out to be one of the greats, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as what I had it pegged for. My favorite scene had to do with Emily, played by Gemma Atkinson. For most of the start of the film, she was just there looking pretty and getting drunk. But after her boyfriend Stephen, played by Peter Gadiot, pretty much just leaves her at the mercy of the werewolf, she gets very mad at him. The fight between them was a great scene for me, the best in the movie really. The werewolf itself is rarely seen, which was probably a good thing. Sometimes a movie will play out better when we don’t know for sure what it is that is after our cast of characters. It was no secret here though thanks to the description provided by Netflix, and the movie poster. From what I was reading on IMDb, either the film was originally called 13th Hour or was changed to that for the UK release.
Speaking of the werewolf, I do believe we don’t get to see it much just because of the odd design for it. While not the first movie to have done this, how often do you see a hairless werewolf? We never get a real good shot of the werewolf, but you can see it is hairless at least. Despite that, I didn’t care much for how it looked, hair or not. Other effects are done better at least. While not real gory, we never see a kill after all, some of the effects we see of how someone looks after being killed do look pretty good. The acting was okay. I wasn’t real impressed with anyone on a whole. There are scenes where most of the different actors shine, but there are plenty where I didn’t care for them much as well. Isabella Calthorpe got better as the film went on. I wasn’t all that impressed with her at the start, nor at the end. She still had some good scenes though. I was taken off guard by Gemma Atkinson’s outburst, but it was very welcome. You can also find Tom Felton, Joshua Bowman, Gabriel Thomson, Anthony De Liseo and John Lynch.
Okay, so I don’t have a whole lot to say about Night Wolf. While it did surprise me some, it still ended up just being an average film. If you like werewolf films, you can certainly do better than this one, but there is also a lot worse out there for the genre as well. The real disappointment for Night Wolf is that it is from the same producers of Dog Soldiers, which is one of the better werewolf films out there. If you do decide to give Night Wolf a watch, I think most people will find it to be an alright film. I didn’t read many other review for it, but the ones I did found it to be an average film as well. If you go by IMDb, there are plenty of people there who put it down, as well as on Netflix truth be told. For someone like me though, who has been through tons of horror movies, these types of films that are bad to the average movie fan, turns out somewhat good for me. I’ve seen the bottom of the barrel and this is hardly it.
3 out of 5 Will be looking at bald people a bit differently now