Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Director: Christophe Gans
Main Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emile Dequenne, Monica Bellucci
Storyline: in 18th century France a mysterious and murderous beast is haunting the lands.
Review (Spoils): Something is stalking the mountains of France and the king has hired some men to kill off the Beast of Gevauden. The beats attacks and kills women, children and nobody has had chance to take the beast down.
The film is beautifully done, the settings are original and perfect for the timeline of the film. The characters such as Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) and Jean Francois (Vincent Cassel) take the film but the main star is the special effects of the beast itself which we have no idea what is. The film tells the tale that it is a massive wolf but superstition changes that to a more dramatic beast. The movie relies more on storyline then fright and to be honest it more like a mystery then a horror film. But it is different and it involves a werewolf monster so here we are!
Rating: Vincent Cassel plays a great creepy villain and a memorable one. This film is different it is a mix of art, literature and a good shot of horror. This film might not be for all horror lovers but I actually enjoyed this film for what it is.
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
Director: Anthony Waller
Main Stars: Tom Everett, Julie Delpy, Julie Bowen
Storyline: An American man gets involved with a group of werewolves that can transform at will thanks to a serum.
Review (Spoils): The daughter from American Werewolf in London Serafine Pigot (Julie Delpy) is living with her stepfather and they trying to find a cure for her lycanthropic disease. She tries to take her own life by the Eiffel tower but is stopped by a small group of Americans that are on a European trip. They involved in the plot and find out that there is a secrets society of werewolves and learn about the serum.
All in all this film is an insult to the first of the series. The graphics are over the top lame (damn you CGI) and the serum and secret society bit is terrible. You think they would learn from The Howling series this is crap. The storyline was just too far fetch from what was delivered in the first film.
Rating: Stick to the first film as it is a classic and just skip this one all together it is an insult to the classic gem. The werewolves are just lame.
The Howling 2 (1985)
Director: Philippe Mora
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, Sybil Danning
Storyline: At Karen Whites funeral her brother gets in involved as the werewolves want to remove her body from hallow ground.
Review (Spoils): This continues where the first movie began. Karen’s brother Ben (Reb Brown) and a reporter friend of her named Jenny Templeton (Annie McEnroe) get caught into a mystery and story that Karen was a werewolf. After being confronted by Stefan Crosscoe (Christopher Lee)he learn quickly that she was a werewolf and the cult is now back and they want to remove Karen’s body and get ready for a tribal ritual under the ruler ship of a female pack leader named Striba (Sybil Danning).
This film is a disaster all around, poor Christopher Lee is be involved in this. This film screams 80s so much it stinks (the punk band parts blows chuncks). We are tormented with cheesy wolf costumes, too fast storyline with stupid plot, the acting is just low grade like a 4 year old and edits between scenes like it’s a porno just does not make sense. The only good thing in this film is the 80s babe Sybil Danning but even then she is garbed like a punk rock terminator in the end it’s just stupid. Sure we have good ol wolf sex and lots of it but the cheesy of the flames, electricity and effects ruin the whole film. There is no saving this.
Rating: The best part was the exploding eyes but that is not enough to make up with the torture of this film of a long series. It’s too bad it went this way as the first film was a gem. Don’t even bother opening a beer for this one as it unless you need to see this, than better drink a ton before.
Werewolf of London (1935)
Director: Stuart Walker
Main Stars: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson
Storyline: In Tibet a doctor gets attacked by a strange animal and he becomes a werewolf. Only the juice from a strange flower can stop the curse.
Review (Spoils): Dr.Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) gets attacked by a strange dark creature in the hills of Tibet. He becomes inflicted with the werewolf curse and the only thing to stop him from turning is the juice of a rare Asian flower. The film plays a bit on his Glendon’s anger of the curse and the long destruction of his marriage to the beautiful Lisa (Valerie Hobson). During all this mess of his life he hunts at night in the streets of London murdering people in his werewolf guise.
The film plot does move very slow and has a hard time keeping you intrigued. The scenes are beautiful like most Universal films of this era. The fog is thick, the moon is bright on the Asian beach and the acting of Henry Hull is awesome but something just does not click for this film. Even the make-up of the werewold himself is good (except for the lame point on the forehead) and leads to the future of werewolves such as The Wolfman.
Rating: This film is not horrible but something is lacking when it comes to the monster itself and the scenes in the night of the murders. Werewolf of London is a classic but it still does not stand out like The Wolfman.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director: John Landis
Main Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
Storyline: Two American tourists hike through London and get attacked by a werewolf. One is killed and one lives with the curse.
Review(Spoilers): The special effects in this movie are over the top and werewolf at its best.We have two young men who are traveling and get mauled by a werewolf that nobody wants to admit lives in the surroundings. From there we have the curse of David (David Naughton) coping with the slow change at night, the haunting nightmares and undead visits from his best friend Jack (Joe Belcher) and others that he killed. The decaying of Jack through the movie is a nice touch and even leads to be a little bit of a comedy but the best part is the transformation of David to becoming a huge nasty hairy werewolf is beyond great and none of that lame CGI crap that we see so much of nowadays. Lots of movies can learn from this one. Also to top it off we have the sexy nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) which adds a nice love story to the movie also.
Rating: One of the best if not the best werewolf movie out there. Grab a case and enjoy a true werewolf classic movie that has over the top effects, gore, sex and laughs.
The Howling (1981)
Director: Joe Dante
Main Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Belinda Balaski, Robert Picardo, Elizabeth Brooks
Storyline: A newswoman is trying to track down a serial killer story and she gets more than she bargains for as she and her boyfriend end up in a colony of werewolves.
Review: Karen White (Dee Wallace) is trying to track down the greatest serial killer story of her career, the story of Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). After following trails of smiley face stickers and porn shops she tracks him down and gets attacked and her career and her life was never the same again. Through some mental health her doctor Dr. Waggner recommends her and her boyfriend (Patrick Macnee) take a holiday to his colony, not mentioning it was a werewolf colony!
This movie is one of the first horror movies that I remember watching and I did enjoy this film. The movie has great special effects such as some of the werewolf transformations and decent gore (the axed off hand or the ripping of the brain from Eddie’s head are memorable). The storyline does have holes and there are some cheesy effects like when Marsha Quist (Elizabeth Brooks) is transforming into a she-wolf or her mad love fest or the cute little werewolf at the end of the film but it is not so bad as there are way worse out there for werewolf films (please see the rest of The Howling series for some examples).
Rating: “I’m gonna give you a piece of my mind” This movie bit me and I enjoyed it. Maybe it is because it was one of the first I have ever seen but even after seeing it over and over I still enjoy this film. It’s not the greatest werewolf movie but like said before there is a hell of lot worse out there.
The Wolfman (1941)
Director: George Waggner
Main Stars: Lon Chaney Jr, Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers
Storyline: Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr) goes back to Wales and stays with a group of gypsies. During this stay a werewolf (Bela Lugosi) attacks the group and Larry gets bite during the battle. Larry Talbot becomes the Wolfman and haunts the nearby forest as he battles his inner curse.
Review: Another great Universal Film of horror. We have Lon Chaney’s son playing the cursed Wolfman to become one of the most classic horror characters of its time. This film has a very solid storyline and the haunting wood is done very well. This is one of my favorites of this time period and the make-up is very well done for its time. Yes the film editing can be lame when the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr) does the transformation but hey its 1941!
Rating: We have Lon Chaney Jr and Bela Lugosi together what can go wrong? Great storyline and I love the added touch of the pentagram. Crack out the pints as this werewolf howls a good time!