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.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Main Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci, Sadie Frost, Jonathan Harker
Storyline: A vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée and bring terror to the land.
Review (Spoils): More closely to the novel then the past Dracula films this one is more of a work of art then horror. A young man (Jonathan Harker) was captured by Dracula (Gary Oldman) as he wants his fiancée Mina (Winona Ryde). Dracula travels to Britain to keep his reign of terror going and then attacks Mina best friend Lucy (Sadie Frost) also.
This film is a piece of art really. The scenery alone is worth the watch and the story telling of the film is very well done. From the beginning of Vlad the Impaler to now Dracula, the film moves with ease. The acting is very well done and the presence of Dracula from Gary Oldman is spectacular as he presents himself as young seductive man and the aging, gross and hideous beast. Sure the movie plays like a gothic love story but the gore is there. We have wolves, blood, great special effects of changing of physical appearances, lots of biting and even the odd sexual scene. The film covers it all.
Rating: Not as great as the Dracula films of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee but it is up there. It is in a different type of vampire genre this is leaning more the romantic period. Francis Ford Coppola did create a masterpiece here and it should be viewed not by just horror fans but movie lovers in general.