Werewolf: Eye of the Storm starts late one stormy night as Eric (John J. York) hitchhikes along a mountain road, he is picked up by a Park Ranger named MacKenzie who handcuffs Eric straight away & takes him to an isolated log lodge where one of the guests has been found brutally murdered. All the other guests & Eric are suspects & with a mudslide blocking the highway they are trapped until at least daybreak. Once there at the lodge Eric decides to turn detective to prove his innocence & unmask a killer as the storm rages outside...
Episode twenty from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during December 1987, directed by Sidney Hayers this is the third detective show style murder mystery whodunit in the past three episodes coming after the disappointing Blood Ties (1987). I have to say that Eye of the Storm is an improvement on Blood Ties but it's still not that great, the whodunit elements are again quite poorly handled with it shooting it's load far too early. The killers identity is revealed after only ten minutes in a really cheesy scene when they spell out their plan in detail for our hero Eric to overhear. So much for playing detective, Eric just stumbles onto the truth almost by total accident! Afterwards the plot goes in a different direction as the killer tries to frame Eric which is quite a nice idea before a typical Werewolf ending as Eric changes & sorts the villains out. Eye of the Storm starts off nicely with a brutal murder, several suspects & an isolated location that they are trapped in & I just wish the production team had followed through on it & kept the identity of the killer a secret until the end. As it is Eye of the Storm is still a watchable episode with a story that has some good & bad points that end up evening themselves out.
I really like the look of Werewolf the series, it has had a really good horror film atmosphere & credit where it's due Eye of the Storm looks great. There's the log cabin, it's pitch black at night, there's a torrential thunder storm going on, there's a killer on the loose, the power gets cut off & there's even a trip into the dark cobweb strewn basement. This one looks really good & feels like proper horror if you know what I mean. There's not too much Werewolf action here although there's a slightly better than usual transformation scene with Eric's fingers stretching & his fingernails falling out & being replaced with claws.
Eye of the Storm is a decent enough Werewolf episode although the whodunit aspect could have been a little better, at least it's an improvement on the previous four or five somewhat forgettable episodes. Eye of the Storm also works well as a stand alone episode that you don't need to have seen some of the other episodes to get.
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