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The Wolfman (2010)
Great but not an instant classic
When I left the movie theater after watching this movie, my feelings were rather mixed. It was definitely a good movie: the gloomy atmosphere, the terrific scenery, the superb acting and, surprisingly (not because of Rick Baker but because of the use of CGI) well-executed special effects. However, the movie is not an instant classic such as An American Werewolf in London.
This movie is definitely making an attempt to stick to the feeling of the old, traditional monster movies, and as such, it succeeds brilliantly. As I mentioned, the gloomy atmosphere, the scenery, combined with the acting, the thrill, the suspense and yes, plenty of gore (but not too much) makes it into a successful horror movie. Even the werewolf itself, despite the fact that they remained loyal to the original Wolfman's design, was frightening and intimidating enough.
On the other hand, with a movie so anticipated as this one, expected to set the standard as 'the' werewolf movie, it does not deliver the punch. Perhaps it's just down to too much expectations from the audience's point of view, but for some reason, I expected more.
All in all, the movie is great but I couldn't get rid of the feeling of missing out on something
Supernatural: Heart (2007)
It could have been good
I was looking forward to this episode very much and almost everything turned out fine. The acting, the plot, even the (somewhat expected) twist about the werewolf who was responsible for infecting Madison with the curse. Yet, one major thing was missing: a werewolf.
So far, this series has done an excellent job at creating the perfect creatures in each and every episode, yet in this one, we do not see two werewolves; we see two humans with long nails and fangs. I have no idea what the thought was behind the very subtle transformation, but it was a major disappointment. I believe the series isn't complete without a werewolf episode, but this certainly wasn't it.
Again, well written, excellent acting - as always - and a lovely story, just no werewolves.
Brutal Massacre: A Comedy (2007)
An underestimated movie
When I read about this movie, I had a feeling I would want to see it. Reading a few negative reviews on this site made me wary, but then again, it never stopped me before.
After watching the movie twice, I can safely say I have no idea where the negative reviews came from. Of course, tastes differ, but this really is an underestimated movie.
We meet director Harry Penderecki (David Naughton), who's struggling to keep alive in the movie industry. After some time of absence, he wants to come back with a major horror movie hit. Of course, things do not go as planned. The bad karma Harry is convinced plagued him throughout his career seems to ruin his last real chance of making a major horror hit.
This movie gives the audience a humoristic view on the set of a B-slasher movie. The acting is good enough, the story is pretty simple, but therein lies part of the strength of the movie. The (often subtle) humour is great, although you have to be a fan of that. Of course, this isn't an all out 'falling of the seat' laughter movie (which I usually do not enjoy) but it has some superb moments.
With a well picked out cast, including Gerry Bednob (known from the 40 year old virgin) as the hilarious camera man Hanu Vindepesh.
Seriously, give the movie a chance, you'll like it.
Big Bad Wolf (2006)
Much better than Cursed
After a few excellent movies in the eighties (such as An American Werewolf in London and The Howling), the werewolf genre seemed to take a fall in the nineties. Then, movies such as Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps came along, making me believe the genre was making a comeback. Then Cursed came along and ruined every hope.
Big Bad Wolf has been depicted as a 'B-movie', people warning not to expect too much of it. It's scheduled to be released on DVD in the US in June. Abominable is another movie which was released on DVD and one I'd very much like to see. I'm still waiting for Abominable to come out here (the Netherlands) on DVD but I decided not to wait with Big Bad Wolf (don't worry, if it does come out, I'll buy it).
To cut it short, I certainly wasn't disappointed. The movie has a good, gloomy atmosphere one looks for with movies such as this. Also, in my opinion, it takes a certain individual to portray the werewolf in human form, who basically can be put into two categories: the sad, cursed victim (like in An American Werewolf), or the sadistic, willing victim (like in The Howling). Richard Tyson plays one hell of a werewolf and his character can definitely be placed under the second category.
Not only as a werewolf, but in human form as well, Mitchell Toblat is one nasty character. The werewolf too is somewhat different than we've seen before.
Like with many, I had my doubts about a talking werewolf, but I believe it has worked out nicely. In this movie, the werewolf truly is a well sexual predator as well, representing the animal side of human nature, call it ID if you'd like, but it worked out well. Blood, gore and sadism all around nicely done, though, and not too much. The movie also had humour in places; as with An American Werewolf in London, not overly done and well-timed.
None of the other cast members annoyed me (most were even likable), unlike several recent werewolf movies. The story has a few nice turns and most of them weren't overly predictable. The ending didn't hold too many surprises and is perhaps even a tad disappointing (sequel, perhaps?) but all in all, this is worth watching.
Call it a 'B-movie', but in my opinion (being the werewolf freak that I am), it's a hell of a lot better than Cursed and, yes, I dare say, better than many mainstream horror movies of recent years.
The Monster Squad (1987)
One of the newer 'classic' horror flicks. All the famous monsters (Dracula, the wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, the mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon) meet in a small town in an effort to open the gates to hell. A group of young monster hunters attempt to stop them, and receive help from some... unexpected allies. The movie was great to watch and it's a shame it isn't available on DVD. The monsters are done quite nicely and the humour is well-balanced and quite fun. Certainly something worth viewing. The only apparent flaw, is that the character of Van Helsing is mentioned to be German, which - of course - he isn't.