Black Sheep (2006)
Country: New Zealand
Director: Jonathan King
Stars: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis
Storyline: An experiment turns sheep into blood thirsty zombies that haunt the New Zealand farmlands.
Review: Two brothers who are opposites take over a farm from their father. One brother Angus looks into the genetically engineered Oldfield Sheep and has setup. What they do not know is there is a problem with the embryo and the starts the spread of the blood thirsty sheep. The young farmers and their young friend Tucker (Tammy Davis) team up together to end the zombie like sheep which are spreading across the land and the company that started the madness.
Black Sheep is like a cross between a Troma film, a good gory zombie film and Shawn of the Dead. The movie is fun and there has not been another zombie sheep film out there so it is unique. We have bunny eating, lots of rifle shots, lots of sheep zombie biting, some sheep turning (yes like a werewolf) and some blowing up farty sheep. Fun times all around!
Rating: This film is not to be taken serious by any means and it is a good beer drinking film. It reminds me of the old Peter Jackson films. You have to see this film to believe that it was actually made. Sure some of the parts are so out there and the fart part is pretty lame but it is worth a glance with some friends.
Filed under Werewolf, Zombie
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Director: John Fawcett
Stars: Emily Perkins, Katherine Isabelle
Storyline: Two goth sisters must deal with the fact that one of them is a werewolf
Review: Two sisters that are very goth and interested in death feel that they are the outcasts of society. When the wilder one of the two Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) becomes bitten by a werewolf is now infected the changes they must face together become even more overbearing. Because of the death pact the two sisters made her more death loving sister Brigitte (Emily Perkins) races against time to help find a cure for her sister before she becomes more monsterous from the disease.
This is a fun film it deals a lot with being outcasts and it is ok. As Ginger becomes more of a woman she is dragged into more of beast. I love that the film played off the first menstruation as the reasoning behind the werewolf attack and the reasoning of the mother believes her daughter behaviour is also different. The makeup is great in this film as Ginger slowly starts to grow hair around her wound and she gains a tail. We have dog attacks, blood, throats torn open, more blood and cutting off tails with a knife. This is all about teenage fun with a good shot of werewolf blood.
Rating: Ginger Snaps sits high up on the shelf for me when it comes to werewolf films. It was fresh and it brought back some of the fun I had with An American Werewolf in London way back when. It’s a whole new take with the two sisters and their journey as best friends and into women hood. Great acting, awesome story and lots of blood. One of the best werewolf films out there go and check it out!
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller
Storyline: A young boy was born on Christmas day from a mute servant who was raped by a beggar. Now he is cursed by god with lycanthropy.
Review: Leon (Oliver Reed) was born on Christmas day; his mother (Yvonne Romain) was a mute servant who was raped by a beggar. This brought on the curse of lycanthropy which his adopted parents and he tries to hide from society. He grows up to become a handsome man but is haunted by nightmare at night (full moon) due to his disease. Supposedly only love will lift the curse. While in his travels he comes across working for a wine cellar and falls in love with his daughter Cristina (Catherine Feller). But every full moon he turns and brings terror to the villages.
This is one of the great Hammer films that lie outside of the Dracula series. The film relives on the internal battle of the young man and the beast. He wants to be normal and live a normal life but the curse keeps him with drawled from the rest of society. The makeup is very well done and he is one of the most notable of the werewolves in horror outside of the Wolfman himself. The story does become long before get to the curse as a quarter of the film is on the life of his mother and her torment. They should have swapped the leading ladies around as Yvonne Romain is beautiful and Catherine Feller just does not fit the part. Other than that this is a great film.
Rating: I’m a Hammer fan and I find this film rates as one of their better films. The storyline is filled and the acting is pretty decent. Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain are both enjoyable to watch and the werewolf itself was well done. The only complaint would be the bright red blood they should have toned that down a bit.
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.