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Dire Wolf (2009)

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A vicious genetically modified creature that's half human and half dire wolf escapes from a research facility so it can go on a murderous rampage in a quiet rural community. It's up to the ... See full summary »

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A vicious genetically modified creature that's half human and half dire wolf escapes from a research facility so it can go on a murderous rampage in a quiet rural community. It's up to the easygoing Sheriff Parker, eager game warden Jim, and a couple of government agents to stop the beast before things get too out of hand. Written by Woodyanders

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Entertaining and amusing TV-budget werewolf movie
8 August 2016 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released in 2009, "Dire Wolf" (also known as "Dinowolf") chronicles events in rural Southern California when a genetically modified creature that's half-dire wolf and half-human escapes a government-funded research facility and goes on a gory rampage. The local Sheriff (Maxwell Caulfield) & game warden (Blake Cooper Griffin) team up with two federal agents (Kristen Howe & John L. Curtis) and one of the researchers (Dawn Ann Billings) to track it down. Gil Gerard has a small part as the commanding officer in charge of the dubious project.

This is an entertaining TV-budget werewolf flick (while some might nitpick that it's not truly a werewolf movie, it is at heart). The movie has a humorous edge, mostly with the quirky "Rainman" Sheriff, but it's largely serious (with a wink) and even has some moving parts, like when a certain character bites the dust and shares his last words with someone close to him. It's nothing great, but it's entertaining and well-rounded TV-horror with a likable cast and some seriously gory parts, not to mention a classy score here and there. On top of this, there are several worthwhile women, including several cuties, such as Kimberly Horner (Amber), Summer Harlow (the blond researcher) and Gina Scoles (the bikini girl).

"Dire Wolf" was made in the mold of seminal TV-horror flicks, like 1972's "Gargoyles." If you like that movie you'll definitely appreciate this one. In some ways it's even better (although I give the better rating to "Gargoyles" due to its originality and place in history). The filmmakers, cast and crew of "Dire Wolf" knew they were making a TV-budget horror flick, but they gave it their all to make sure it was entertaining, amusing, moving and classy.

The film runs 86 minutes and was shot in Southern California (I'm guessing because I can find no info on this, not even in the end credits, but it looks like S. Cal).

GRADE: B


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