Werewolf: Season 1, Episode 16

Nightmare at the Braine Hotel (8 Nov. 1987)

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Disappointing episode.

Werewolf: Nightmare at the Braine Hotel starts as Eric (John J. York) arrives at the Braine Hotel asking about Skorzeny, the manager Marta (Ellen Crawford) is of little help & Eric just decides to rent a room for the night. While trying to sleep a sinister man dressed in black wielding a silver knife enters his room, he says his name is Servan Domballe (Richard Lynch) & is an immortal Werewolf just like Eric. With reports of several brutal murders in local papers Eric thinks Servan is the killer & is somehow related to Skorzeny...

Episode sixteen from the one & only season of Werewolf this originally in the US during November 1987, directed by David Hemmings I have to say I was a little disappointed by Nightmare at the Baine Hotel, I mean it's worth a watch but overall I would say it's nothing special or outstanding. The potential was here for a really good murder mystery set in a hotel, not dissimilar to Psycho (1960) I suppose but the killers identity is far too obvious. His motives dovetail into the overall plot for Werewolf but it just comes across as a wasted opportunity to make a terrific stand alone episode, it all ends up being a bit routine & uninspiring with a tacked on female character seemingly only present for Eric to 'save' at the end. I think that Nightmare at the Braine Hotel could have been an excellent whodunit Werewolf style but it never really feels like that. Even the so-called twists have little imagination behind them & feel routine in the sense that they all relate to Eric & his problem somehow. Nightmare at the Baine Hotel is the first episode of Werewolf not to actually feature any Werewolves at all, for the first time Eric doesn't change & neither does anyone else. Regular character's Skorzeny & bounty hunter Rogan don't appear in this episode.

Credit where it's due Nightmare at the Baine Hotel looks fabulous, from the dark seedy cheap hotel sets to the pouring rain outside to the killer dressed totally in black & wielding a large shiny knife who looks like he could have come straight out of any 70's Italian giallo. Unfortunately it seems more time was spent on the production side of things than the script which is surprisingly forgettable, a little unclear & uneventful. Brooding cult actor Richard Lynch gives a decent performance as a killer with an Octopus tattooed on his bald head, don't ask.

Nightmare at the Braine Hotel looks great with really good production values & a moody dark horror film atmosphere but the story isn't that good, just isn't that much fun & is a bit confusing at times.


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