Ginger Snaps 3 (2004)
Director: Grant Harvey
Main Stars: Katherine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Stephen Massicotte, Hugh Dillon
Storyline: We go back to the 19th century and learn the history of the sisters and their curse.
Review (Spoils): We travel back in time before the first film into the 19th century. Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) come across a trade post which becomes under attack from a clan of werewolves. While they are trapped there and trying to survive an Indian hunter decides to help the girls survive as one of them becomes bitten by a werewolf and the curse begins for them.
I’m not positive what they were hoping to get out of this film besides some backstory which kind of ruins the first 2 movies. We learn about their original parents and why their bond is so strong as sisters but this film is lacking the dark humor which was so great about the first film. Sure we have the talents of Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins again but it is just not the same and the Ginger character just does not fit with this type of background. The special effects of the werewolves are actually pretty cool and near the end of the film you can really get a good look at them. Lots of red blood and fur flying in this film.
Rating: I personally loved the first film as it was a breath of fresh air for the werewolf films but now that we are trying to twist a backstory of the series this kind of left me bored. We have two very talented actresses but the storyline just was not the same to be part of the series. They would of been better off doing another sequel in the same lines of the first two films.
Big Bad Wolf (2006)
Director: Lance W. Dreesen
Main Stars: Trevor Duke-Moretz, Kimberly J. Brown, Richard Tyson, Sarah Aldrich, Sarah Christine Smith, Andrew Bowen, Robin Sydney, Jennifer Roa
Storyline: A group of teenagers are being slaughtered by a beast in the woods
Review (Spoils): We a back story of some hunters being slaughtered by a beast but one survives then we forward flash to now. We have some horny teenagers that want to party in the woods, steal a key for cabin and grab some babes to have a good time. We have the typical teenage crap and everyone starts to get slaughtered by a werewolf beast that has punch lines like Freddy Krueger which leads to the sense of humour in the film.
We have some nudity, a rape scene and gore but done at a cheesy level, some terrible teenager moments and a hairy wolf man that hunts them down one by one. The acting is less than desirable and the plot is nothing really new. It’s Friday the 13th without the cool Jason and just a filthy wolf man (This makes it bad by the way) the makeup was bad.
Rating: the gore was good, the movie was laughable and it had babes and some naked scenes. So not a total waste of horror time. Grab some beers as it will make the movie more watchable that’s for sure.
Director: James Isaac
Main Stars: Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe, Matthew Knight
Storyline: A mother and her son gets caught between two tribes of werewolves
Review (Spoils): Human mother Rachel (Rhona Mitra ) protects her half-breed son Timothy (Matthew Knight ) as when he turns thirteen he will be graced with the curse of the Skinwalkers as per Navajos legends. Rachel is protected and guided with her own tribe of Skinwalkers which the whole thing is a hidden family secret from both the mother and son. There is another tribe of Skinwalkers but they are evil and lead by a savage man named Varek(Jason Behr) and he wants the boy to belong to them and eaten.
This all leads into a battle of werewolves and the hidden truth of Timothy come out and his mother must do everything to protect him. Basically it is a lower grade of the Howling meets Underworld with a touch of native feel. The film is a bunch of running, battles and werewolves hunting, eating and some blood lust. The special effects were ok but the whole transformation piece was missing and there just was not enough gore for me. Sure we have a score of werewolf babes but the plot was just lacking and there was not enough meat to carry this through. Plus Jason Behr was not a good villain.
Rating: Very lacking story and way more action then gore so to me this film was boring in a way. I hate the whole gang of good vs evil especially when it about werewolves. Plus why does everyone in town have a goddamn gun and not know how to shoot it?
Ginger Snaps 2 (2004)
Director: Brett Sullivan
Main Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Brendan Fletcher, Tatlana Maslany, Janet Kidde, Susan Adam, Pascale Hutton
Storyline: Brigitte tries to deal and slow down her lust for blood with drugs
Review (Spoils): Brigitte (Emily Perkins) tries to take her own life with drugs as she does not want to end up like her sister Ginger (Katharine Isabelle). She is found and sent to rehab to get cleaned up. She comes across someone who can relate with her own issues named Ghost (Tatlana Maslany) and the girls together try to resolve Brigitte’s issue of becoming a werewolf.
Man I loved this first film and I had high hope for this sequel. We have a story that is to continue the tale of the first film, we have Ginger’s sister Brigitte injecting drugs to slow the process of becoming a werewolf, the ghost of Ginger giving her advice, werewolf transitions, some masturbation, cutting of a ear and the final werewolf battle. This film trails far off the tracks of the first teenage sex craving werewolf fun of the first film. This one is darker and deals with abuse, drugs and blackmail.
Rating: I really did miss the fun of the first film had in this one. I personally find Emily Perkins a harder actress to relate to then Katharine Isabelle, she is more depressing and interesting. Sure we can say it is the character but either way it dragged a bit for me. Yes it is not suppose to be sexy and goth loving as the first one but it was hard not to compare the two. The special effects were not bad and the storyline was semi ok but for some reason it could have used more arousal like the first film.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Main Stars: Michael Landon, Yvonne Fedderson, Whit Bissell
Storyline: A bad boy teen uses hypnotherapy to help him with his aggressive behaviour which changes him into a teen wolf.
Review (Spoils): Tony Rivers (Michael Landon) is a troubled teen he likes to fight and does want any help from anyone. Even his girl Arlene’s (Yvonne Fedderson) parents dislike him and they wish he would start to show respect. Arlene gets caught in a middle of fight and poor Tony hits her by accident and then he realizes he must need help. He goes to meet a Dr. Alfred Brandon (Whit Bissell ) who wants to try an experiment on him for his temper. What the experiment actually does is release the anger in a new form….. werewolf form!
We have murders, some screaming, some teenage werewolf in a school jacket and a young Michael Landon.
Rating: Not sure if the point of the film was leaning on teenage sexual energies but this film was not horrible. This was I believe the first of the “teenage monster series” and one of the better of them all. This is not a bad monster drive-in film so grab some beers and enjoy.
The Howling 3 (1987)
Director: Philippe Mora
Main Stars: Barry Otto, William Yang, Imogen Annesley
Storyline: A strange breed of werewolves appears in the country of Australia and a sociologist is studying them. What he did not expect was to fall in love with one of them.
Review (Spoils): First off we could not stray any farther away from the first of the series then this one. We have a group of werewolves that are found in the far off country of Australia in which brings Professor Harry Beckmeyer (Barry Otto) to study them. This leads to people who do not try to understand the werewolf culture and being and start to hunt them in fear and sport. The professor tries his hardest to protect the pack especially the redheaded woman named Jerboa (Imogen Annesley)who just happens to have a nice furry pouch becomes pregnant and we child bearing part of the werewolf society.
The acting in this film is very painful and it really does ruin the film. The movie tries too hard to become a film where you are suppose to feel for the werewolves as they fight society but instead becomes dumb and somewhat campy. Sure the werewolf nuns was kind of funny but if it wasn’t for Imogen Annesley would of been totally bored out my mind. We have some cheesy transformations and some furry beasts.
Rating: This film should be called The Howling: the love story as that is pretty much what it is. This is more of a fake documentary then a horror film. You will need a pile of beers to be able to go through this whole film from beginning to end.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Director: Neil Marshall
Main Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby
Storyline: In Scotland a military exercise turns out to be a hunting ground for werewolves
Review (Spoils): Campfire stories tell tales of about haunting of beasts in the Scotland area but a British Squad ignore them to find out they might be true. They come across bloody remains of past squads and they start to be hunted down. This leads them to run into a zoologist named Megan (Emma Cleasby). She knows well what is hunting them, its werewolves.
These werewolves are blood thirsty as we have branch impaling, bites, cows flying, heads flying, explosions and some good werewolf times. Bringing out the gore and blood in this one, this is action packed for a werewolf film. There is a couple classic scenes in this film such as the dog fight for his intestines and the of course the flying cow. The effects even for the werewolves themselves are not bad overall.
Rating: This is one of the better werewolf films out there; I personally place this one along with Ginger Snaps for this era. It’s no American Werewolf in London but it will survive the test of time for werewolf films in horror. Grab some pints and cook up some sausages as this is a fun film all around.