Late Phases (2014)
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Damici gives his memorable protagonist enough life to hold it together more often than it would have otherwise. He's great here. The movie around him, not so much.
Late Phases fails to deliver either shocks or real drama.
The narrative ends up working in a smaller scope than one might expect given the premise of a beast plaguing a community, but the journey getting to the finish is exhilarating all the same.
Less ambitious but more satisfyingly resolved than Bogliano's last effort, Here Comes the Devil, Late Phases is a reminder of how much monster movies rely on what happens when the monster's not on screen.
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I'd pay good money to see the showdown between this guy and Stephen Lang's character from Don't Breathe.
The protagonist's main arc is a surprisingly satisfying look into the mind of a Vietnam veteran and his relationship with those around him, including his own son, and how he adjusts to his new community and his belief that he's just waiting 'to die', so to speak. It is well-contrasted with the fact that a werewolf is hunting the community the protagonist, Ambrose, just moved in. This gives Ambrose a sort of renewed purpose and the film, for the most part, sees him planning out his 'last stand', if you will, against the werewolf. Nick DaMici is great here, I think he manages to hold the film together in place. I don't wanna say that the movie would've fallen apart at the seams without him, but I will say that it's somewhat of a chore to sit through some of these film's scenes after the first werewolf attack. It starts off as a horror film, then it becomes a family drama, before going right back to horror. There's not much of a problem with that but, and there's some good conversations between Ambrose and the people in his community, mostly the priest, the film just stalls it out as much as it can. It was honestly hard to stay into the film due to how much it slowed down, almost to a screeching halt. Perhaps that's overstating the point, but the film seriously slowed down a lot, maybe due to the fact that there was simply not enough material to go 90 minutes, so they stalled it out as much as it could before getting to the climax. With that said, it's not like I think there's much filler in this film. Maybe 10 or so minutes. That may be a lot to some, but if you've seen At The Devil's Door then 10 minutes of filler is absolutely nothing next to that. Like I said, a lot of the character development stuff is actually quite good and interesting, but there's some scenes where it just feels like nothing is being accomplished, even though, theoretically, every scene plays a part in how the film will end. Nick DaMici, as far as a genre actor, is really fucking good. And this is another notch in his belt of very good performances. The climax itself, while poignant, does lead to some pretty bad looking fight scenes between Ambrose and the werewolves, whose make-up effects look decent at best. Can't really complain since I'm sure the budget for this film was minuscule, but the make-up effects weren't what I would call good. The gore itself was actually pretty good too. This isn't a film without flaws, it's got plenty of them actually. But I think that in spite of all its issues it offers a fairly interesting genre fare with more depth than your typical horror movie. It's not gonna win any awards or anything, but it's a decent Netflix watch. Might have some scenes that are a chore to get through but, by and large, this is a decent movie.
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