Sunday, June 27, 2010

Never Cry Werewolf (2008)

In the land of direct-to-video Horror, few werewolf films manage to survive past their initial release. BLOOD MOON and GINGER SNAPS are two rare exceptions, and while NEVER CRY WEREWOLF does not quite stack up to these modern classics, its adaptation of the voyeuristic themes first presented in REAR WINDOW into an "after-school special" creature feature make for an enjoyable watch. The plot is simple enough, with two high school students trailing their creepy neighbor after they become suspicious of his lunar activities. Though its premise is clearly derivative, FRIGHT NIGHT and DISTURBIA fans can surely appreciate the familiar structure and expected scares, while werewolf fans will be pleasantly surprised by its impressive costume designs. NEVER CRY WEREWOLF overcomes its budgetary limitations in its brief use of computerized imagery by introducing a sleek weredog design that is far more creative and cleanly rendered than any of the other films sharing its size and scale. Outside of a cheesy cameo by Hercules' Kevin Sorbo, the acting here is also much better than one might expect. NEVER CRY WEREWOLF won't appeal to everyone, but it is worth seeking out for the hardcore werewolf fans.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.
Number of views: 1.

If you liked NEVER CRY WEREWOLF, check out:
DISTURBIA, FRIGHT NIGHT, BIG BAD WOLF.



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6 comments:

  1. I saw a trailer for this recently and thought it looked like fun. However, I think the last great werewolf flick was Ginger Snaps.

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  2. I would have to whole heartedly agree, but incase you havent already seen it, be sure to check out Blood Moon James, I absolutely love it! It may have been released as Wolf Girl over in your neck of the woods

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  3. Just had a quick look online - Blood Moon/Wolf Girl looks really interesting! Thanks for the heads-up, Carl - I will keep an eye out for this one.

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  4. I'm going to check this one out.

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  5. Jay - I grabbed it in a three pack of films for $3 at Big Lots, worth a shot if you have any Pic N Save / Big Lots in NJ!

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  6. My only real gripe with the film is the lack of nudity. The removal of this tried and true staple made me sad. 1/10.... =P

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