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I really do NOT understand why people insist on watching movies that
they know are movie of the week, straight to DVD, cable flicks or in
this case SyFy movies and then complain about the production value, or
the low budget.
Red: Werewolf Hunter IS a SyFy movie. It probably did not have a huge budget. It is still a very enjoyable film! A terrific cast including Felicia Day, Kavan Smith, Greg Bryk, and Stephen McHattie each delivered terrific overall performances. The premise was a new take on the Red Riding Hood theme and while a little underdeveloped is really a great idea. The special effects/ CGI were better then the other reviews may have you believe, and fun to watch.
My advise is to watch this with an open mind. Know when you begin that this is a SyFy movie and was probably made for less then James Cameron spent on his toilet paper when filming Avatar. It is not supposed to win Oscars. It is supposed to entertain, thrill and maybe scare you.
A terrific Friday night flick. Hire this with Dog Soldiers, The Howling, Teen Wolf, and The Wolfman, call over some friends, order some pizza, grab a few six packs and settle in for a fun night. Just not during a full moon!
As with Tin Man, this is better than one would expect for a made 4 TV
SyFy channel movie. While the story is anything but original, it gives
us a somewhat darker view of the Little Red Riding Hood story, along
with a cohesive afterwards.
Dialog delivery is a little stiff, but considering the source, I really enjoyed this, and cannot wait for it to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray, to watch it again and again. Honestly, Underworld, it ain't, but it does have a good story, some great innovatives, and a plausible delivery. It runs well, exhibits well, and follows through to a satisfactory ending.
All in all we recommend this one for any werewolf fan. It is more than just your run of the mill formula.
It gets an 8.2/10 on the M4TV scale from...
the Fiend :.
The concept was intriguing, but considering it was SyFy(who have been responsible for a lot of terrible movies, bottom-of-the-barrel in some cases) I was also dubious. What a surprise to see that Red: Werewolf Hunter was actually watchable. It is not perfect, and not award-worthy, but alongside The Lost Future, Tin Man and Alice(does Neverland count as SyFy, if so that too) it is one of their more watchable efforts. The dialogue is weak and the acting apart from Stephen McHattie, who's a lot of fun if occasionally too strident, at times felt stiff including from Felicia Day, who seems very detached. The story, sort of a take on Little Red Riding Hood, is mostly interesting, dark and imaginative also with an ending that was surprisingly unpredictable in how shocking and bittersweet it was, but there were also some parts that felt underdeveloped. However, the production values are better than expected, the effects are nothing amazing with some jarring movements but there have been far cheaper ones from SyFy, but I loved the costumes and spot-on sets, the Gothic atmosphere and the photography, which is less haphazard than I thought it would be. The music is haunting and the direction is pretty solid. The characters are okay if not always engaging at first, but you perhaps learn to warm to them by the end. Overall, not great, but watchable especially coming from a channel as notorious as SyFy. 7/10 Bethany Cox
I had to post here as there are only 5 reviews and one said this movie
stunk. It is a stinker alright, dull, boring and just plain bad. I
turned it off after about 20 - 30 mins.
Firstly, and this may not be to your liking BUT - if you are going to pretend that your are out patrolling after the baddies(a.k.a military style), at least put in some sort of effort. Spend a couple of dollars on an ex-military person to show you how it's done. Trying to fake it just looks plain awful.
Also, if you are going to give field signals (like telling your team to do something with hand signals), again, get some advice. I was confused as to what they were doing. Surely there is someone in the US to help with this. This is not being pedantic, I just couldn't tell what they were doing.
You don't have to have been in the military to understand what I'm saying. When you are going after someone (say the Vampire or the Werewolf), you don't stand out in the open waiting to get attacked. You keep as best hidden as you can. This is basic stuff - common sense.
The creatures in this movie were pretty poor. I tried to like them but they were such bad CGI. Try watching any of the resident evil movies.
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A cast that tries its best despite what has to be the weakest script in creation. Some dodgy CGI. Unfortunately the leading actress does not convince, Felicia Day's expression basically remains exactly the same throughout, and her chemistry with her fiancé is almost non-existent.The pluses, the villain is excellent, sinister and menacing enough without being too hammy, and the premise, it's a good one. That was the most frustrating part of the film, the potential to be good, if strictly B Movie hammy, was utterly wasted in the rather lacklustre direction and a script that kept running out of ideas. Even the action scenes lacked propulsion. The climactic fight was mostly anti-climactic, and with the conclusion to that fight being pretty much telegraphed before it began, using the great circle method of ending a story (grandma dying whilst killing a werewolf kicks off the opening scenes child Red picks up a silver knife, ending the film with grandma dying is supposed to pack an emotional punch, because now Adult descendant Red has to decide what she is going to do about fiancé who killed grandma) only works if there have been enough emotional punches along the way to set up their final tragic encounter. There weren't. By this time you are actually rooting for the fiancé who was dragged into this mess by Red in the first place. She kills him. But she's been bitten. The final scene is clearly supposed to be a few years later and we see Red reading to a little girl on the couch. Presumably this is Red's little girl by dead fiancé, but when we last saw Red she was bitten, so she's a werewolf? At this point it was impossible to care. I love hammy creature features, but this didn't even slip into the 'so bad it's good' category.
"Red: Werewolf Hunter" (2010) Stars Felicia Day as a modern descendant
of Little Red Riding Hood, who brings her fiancé home to meet her
family. It turns out that they're all very unique hunters and, before
too long, Red is trying to protect her fiancé from her family!
Although this is a Syfy film, I found it entertaining enough and entertainment is the name of the game. The characters & locations are good and effects are decent; the story keeps your attention, and Felicia looks really good in tight jeans.
The film runs 88 minutes and was shot in the Toronto area.
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You can't compare B movies -- low budget, largely unheard-off actors,
and simplistic scripts -- with mainstream movies. But as a grade B
movie goes this one is pretty darn good. Way above the usual made-for-
As someone else said, the dialog is weak and Felicia Day's delivery is just plain flat. She really isn't a strong enough actress to lead the cast. The evolution of the romantic angle was predictable but there were enough plot twists to hold my interest. The sets and lighting were pretty good; the filmmakers resisted the temptation to build artificial suspense by shooting everything in perpetual darkness.
Overall, a good fun B movie.
Traveling out to visit her family, a woman's history of werewolf
hunting comes to the forefront when he comes into contact with a
werewolf looking to rebuild their society and brings the team together
to stop his plans once and for all.
This one was quite enjoyable if a somewhat problematic effort. There's a lot to like here about how this one brings along the newfound concept of the team hunting down the creatures here as part of a truce designed to keep the peace and showing off their hunting prowess quite nicely with all their tools and tricks coming into play nicely here. That all of this occurs here with the enforcement of a lot of action takes on quite a fun time here as there's plenty of chances to let their hunting and weaponry get showcased, from the initial attack in the forest where he meets their leader and chases him through the whole forest or the later attack in the abandoned town where they easily overpower the loner werewolves still around, while the big fun comes from them stumbling upon the werewolf gang's hunting game which is quite thrilling with the showing of the gang being held captive and sent out onto town to be hunted and slaughtered in quite fun scenes. As well, there's even more fun here in the final half where there's plenty of different raids and encounters with the creatures as the groups' raid on their hideout or the ambush in town lead to some nice times here as well as the scenes of the brothers fighting off the creatures in the woods. The last big plus here is the action-packed finale, which has so much to like with the home defenses bringing about lots of action, the brawling being rather fun and the battle to save him being a fine enough addition here, even with the few flaws here. The biggest is the werewolves themselves which are a joke all around, from their CGI incarnations which is full of the usual flaws, but the transformations look even worse done in this manner and they tend to spend the majority of time simply making grandiose speeches about their history and how to learn how to transform. He tends to come off more like a teacher than anyone who goes out and brings anything to fear here other than his true form and it leads to a wholly disappointing main villain. There's also a weak series of scenes here, from the initial rescue attempt and the dream sequences of the leader but also the opening grandmother attack that leads to the only connection to the story that really doesn't lead to much overall. Along with the fact that he was able to fool professional werewolf hunters with his condition quite easily that's about the only real chink in their armor of convincingness in their job, these issues lower this one overall.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Language.
After Tin Man and Alice, two excellent SyFy originals, I expected more
from this film.
Felicia Day and Stephen McHattie are excellent as usual; however, its (not complete) lack of background music to set the mood and its weak story left a gaping hole in my heart.
The weak story: The idea that an entire town of werewolf denizens has a truce with a single family of Little Red Riding Hood descendants puts huge strain on my suspension of disbelief.
The cast: Felicia Day puts her all into this role and Stephen McHattie is a veteran in terms of horror villains. The rest of the cast, of whom I've never heard, also did fairly well in their various roles.
Character development: Practically non-existent.
In summary: Good cast, weak story, and I felt no connection to the characters.
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This is obviously something that must have had a half-life on the
Sci-Fi channel and it shows. There are these breaks where they
obviously were supposed to put in the commercials. No nudity or
profanity and pretty toned down violence. Skiffy all the way.
So the plot is the descendants of Little Red all gather together at a house the same weekend the Werewolves decide to break the truce and start attacking people again.
So poor quality CGI abounds.
But I'll give the movie its props for some okay acting, tight story progression and a bad guy who looked like a real bad guy.
worth a rental? Only out of a Red Box.
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