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.
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DISTURBIA, FRIGHT NIGHT, BIG BAD WOLF.