Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

IMDB rate: 5,1
Genre: Werewolf
Starring: Ed Quinn, Ana Ularu, Guy Wilson, Stephen Rea

In all those years of watching horror movies, I haven't seen many werewolf movies. I've seen the Twilight movies *shame*, and there's werewolves in them but well.. that's of course a poor attempt at not only creating werewolves, but at creating a movie as well. I've seen werewolves in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I've seen them in Underworld and in Blood & Chocolate. But well, Buffy is a TV show, I wasn't a big fan of Underworld and Blood & Chocolate was a pretty shitty movie, so it's fair to say that I never got a good look at a nice werewolf movie. Unfortunately I can't say that Werewolf: The Beast Among Us changed anything about that.

Here's what it's about: 
In the Nineteenth Century, when a werewolf slaughters the dwellers of a small town, a group of bounty hunters commanded by Charles arrive in town and negotiate a higher reward. The apprentice of medicine Daniel, who is the protegé of the local doctor, joins the group and provides information about the beast that is intelligent and kills not only on the full moon, but also on the previous and the next days. Soon the gypsy leader invites Charles and Daniel and explains that in the solstice, the wolf-like creature will be able to control his transformation at will. Therefore they have only two days to discover who the beast among them is and destroy it.

The problem with this movie is that too much is going on, things are getting very confusing easily this way. There's a shitload of character who all wear the same sort of clothes making it terribly difficult to follow who is who, the shitload of names isn't helping exactly either. This immense bunch of characters are by the way not very interesting either, they're plain people who you can only judge by the lame characterising dialogue they have, with judge I mean that it's only going as far as 'this guy is okay, this guy is mean and this guy is weird'. Not one single character has some depth that could make him or her even slightly interesting, too bad really.

The storyline has many problems with it, it's absolutely ridiculous that when one man acts a bit weird (he had a seizure) and people think he's becoming a werewolf that everyone around him gets shot as well. Also, what's up with putting in silver teeth to go bite a werewolf? Such a lame scene, and it didn't even work which is even worse. At the ending of the movie there is a sudden introduction of a new monster which makes things very confusing.

The acting is nothing special actually, Stephen Rea was the only one who gave a believable performance, and he was also the only likable character to be honest. Other than that, Ed Quinn and Guy Wilson neither were believable enough to deliver such big roles. I was also a bit skeptical about the special effects, the werewolves didn't look good most of the time, there were times when they looked reasonable (more in dark scenes), but they mostly looked just fake.

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us was unfortunately not a great werewolf movie either, and I guess my search for it shall continue a little bit longer. Suggestions are welcome, of course. The movie contained a few jump scares, but unfortunately were quite predictable. It's not a very scary movie either. I must admit that I was glad when the movie was finally over, since it seemed to last for ages. Definitely not one of my favorite movies. It did have a nice poster though.

My rate: 4/10

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