In 2013, he stepped behind the camera to direct one of the most disturbing and gritty movies of the year with The Seasoning House (review HERE.) With a body of work like that behind him, we were pretty excited when we heard that he was directing a werewolf flick. If anyone could deliver a good, gritty creature feature, it would be him, right?
|HE REALLY DOESN'T WANT TO WORK A DOUBLE.|
Also, there's a full moon out.
|... AND YOU KNOW WHAT A FULL MOON MEANS.|
Trapped in the train, and forced to fight for their lives, survival, betrayal, and copious bloodletting ensues.
|GOOD LUCK WITH THE SURVIVAL PART.|
That's really the way it goes with any kind of "shape-changer" movie though; while the really good ones are few and far between, most of them tend to at least be entertaining, if not great. For diehard fans of that sub-genre though, Howl will probably be one that falls into that entertaining category.
|YEAH, SHAMELESSLY ENTERTAINING.|
Overall though, the creatures in this movie looked great, being a different sort of hybrid between man and wolf. They were teased perfectly, and revealed in a great way, and they made for a pretty terrifying menace. Those glowing eyes...
We're not sure how it is that the werewolves weren't gone when the moon disappeared either, but maybe that's just a mystery of the movie that we weren't meant to know about. Still, daylight is supposed to be a safe-zone of sorts when it comes to werewolves, and it felt odd.
The ending was also a bit of a bummer, but then again, it ended on the perfect note. I know that sounds confusing, but it was both, and we're conflicted. We also would have really liked to have seen ________ come back (having newly turned into a werewolf) and kill off _________.
That's just us though. We're picky.
|"YOU WOT, MATE?"|
Howl is available in the UK ONLY on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD. *You'll need a Region-free player to watch the disc though, unless of course you live in the UK or Europe.
*It hits the U.S. in early January.
Holly Weston makes us howl.