Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf Reviews
"Medium Raw: Night Of The Wolf" has some really cool elements and some very bad ones. The things that I enjoyed about this film most were eclectic group of serial killers locked within the asylum and the fact that it happens on the eve of the Christmas holiday. There was a big flirtation with the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale between "The Wolf" and a small child that really should not have been in the facility to begin with. For me the most exciting thing about this film was the "smack down" concept as the killers are released from their cells forcing the people trapped inside to fight or flee in order to survive. The best character in "Medium Raw" was Mabel Hannibal. A crazy woman who was captured and locked away for killing and cooking people. If Hell has a chef then Mabel Hannibal is that chef.
The few things that fell flat for me in this blended plot structured action/horror flick are simple and only minor irritations at best. First Andrew Cymek's direction and vision for this story was awesome but his portrayal of Johnny Morgan came of a little more comical than I think it was intended. The second thing that seemed to take way from the story was the under utilization of the twisted and dark doctor of Parker's Asylum. William Davis as a sinister figure is commanding. He is evil incarnate on screen and I would have rather seen more of his character as well as the iron wolf suit than all the flashbacks to Johnny Morgan's past.
"Medium Raw: Night Of The Wolf" has a lot of good qualities to entertain. The gore and blood is there and great quality effects. The acting for the most part was believable and the haunting air of the Christmas holiday gave an added darkness to the film that I loved. The soundtrack played out perfect with the scenes and helped to bring the emotion outward. The asylum could have had a stronger story with more face time for the other killers but oh well. The fact is "Medium Raw" gives us a holiday gathering that only Hell could conjure.
Medium Raw just didn't gel together well. The ideas were there (and very good ideas too), the characters were interesting (although some acting was suspect), and the setting was top notch. Too many times it felt like the actors were acting instead of being the characters.
Still worth watching though. Nothing beats an asylum movie.
Was hardly scary, hardly a mystery and hardly suspenseful. I really don't know to make heads or tails on this because along with equal amount of bad things about it, there are some good things. First off, the design of the wolf was genius! it just looks creepy even if your some little boy. Then his tools and gadgets were awesome. That's about the only thing I like. The other Asylum's inmates were genius too. You have bulky guy that hates red, a cannibal, a funny one that like toes, ok, so they creepy too. So it was kind of creepy here and there. Its just the killings and suspense though. Wasn't gory enough either. They were horrible. Like they were times the inmates would confront one another and you be looking forward to a showdown and don't even get a preview.... The acting was horrible too.
So, yeah, so much potential but was executed wrong. If I had made this, some parts in the beginning would have been taken out to get you to the Asylum as soon as possible. Plus pump up the level of killing. Other than that, I do not have a really great review for this in the end. It was...I don't know, could have been much much better. The trailer was better than the movie its self!