A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.


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A city cop is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders where it appears that the victoms were killed by animals. In his pursuit he learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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They can hear a cloud pass overhead, the rhythm of your blood. They can track you by yesterday's shadow. They can tear the scream from your throat. See more »


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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

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Troubling but quite enjoyable somewhat
28 November 2016 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Following a series of brutal killings, a New York detective investigating the incidents comes to believe that the incidents are caused by a pack of predatory werewolves out hunting for a specific target in their home-state and forces him to try to stop their rampage through the city.

This one here turned out to be quite the enjoyable and underrated werewolf effort. One of the more impressive elements to this one is the fact that there's quite a lot to like here with the investigation into the initial attacks, which makes this one quite a bit of fun. Rather than being the usual stereotypical dull police procedural that it really could've been, this one here is a lot more lively when it comes to the officers investigating the incidents as the clues are quite broad yet don't really fit together and the ability to make them all fit together gives this one some rather enjoyable areas working throughout the first half. These are quite logically played-out and make this one turn into a really intriguing werewolf-attack study as they piece the clues together, from the autopsy reports to the boardroom investigating the first attack or the different scenes of them out on foot attest. Once it manages to get past that aspect of this one, it manages to get incredibly enjoyable with the attack scenes which are really good here, from the opening stalking of oblivious security guards to the partying couple in the park, the chilling ambush of the junkie in the abandoned building or the later stalking of the couple in their apartment where they remain oblivious to their observer outside skulking between the buildings. That picks up considerably in the final half, though, with the big attacks finally coming through with the great ambush in the church ruins as well as the finale in the streets outside the bank where it really lets their furious side get shown and manages to really give this a nice finish. The last plus here is the rather inventive use of their signature heat-vision tracking that looks really cool and unique throughout here being different enough to stand out and yet being quite logical. While these here make this one quite fun, overall it's still somewhat flawed. The biggest issue to contend with is the fact that this one doesn't have very much werewolf action at all until the final half, leaving them not just off-screen but barely even shown at all. With the focus on the investigation taking place for the majority of the film, we get very little screen-time for the creatures who are barely glimpsed even when they do appear since the body-count is depressing and disappointingly low for such a werewolf movie since it's finally nearly ninety-minutes into this one before they even appear which leaves this one feeling like quite a drag. No matter how good the attacks actually are, there's so few of them due to the investigation of the attacks rather than committing more so that causes the pacing of this one to drag down to a real sprawl which hampers this one considerably and is the weakest factor against this one. Likewise, the fact that the creatures are just simply portrayed as real wolves is a bit of a disappointment which makes their scenes look nothing more than just being surrounded by dogs and means we lose out on the transformation as well so it does feel incredibly weaker in those regards. That is enough to drag this one down with that other factor here.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language, Full Male Nudity, drug use and violence-against-animals.

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