Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (Unrated) (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (Unrated)
The movie also knew its place... this sequel wasn't trying to top a theatrical release. It was modest, and it had fun within its scope.
Wait for the inevitable Syfy screening . . .the ideal place for this particular brand of cheese.
Audience Reviews for Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (Unrated)
Judging by the cover of this film thoughts of 'Van Helsing' and 'Underworld' spring instantly to mind...and your not far wrong with that.
This is pretty much a copy and mix of both of those films chock full of lovely cliched characters and everything you've ever seen before in a werewolf movie.
Bunch of crazy hardass werewolf hunters come to a small village to purge them of the wolf horror. A young man from the village volunteers to help them do so but there are twists to come, many predictable twists that aren't too well hidden.
The film looks quite good with that typical bleak dark murky 19th century forest set Eastern European village look. The characters are basically rips from many other films and include your obligatory 'Hudson' type, the cool calm Clint Eastwood leader, the sexy ninja like female and a well spoken smartly dressed guy who throws lots of little knives. A kind of quirky 'League of Extraordinary Gentleman' type looking gang. The dialog is all the right kind of hero spouting fluff you have heard before, tight little one liners throughout the action just to emphasize these guys are cool and tough etc..
The reason I watched the film (apart from being a werewolf fan) was down to the reasonable looking effects. It swings from good to bad really, some shots of the werewolf's claws, eyes or silhouettes against the darkness are pretty neat and work well. Transformation sequence is fully CGI and a bit hokey but I've seen worse, whilst in full CGI motion the creature doesn't look that bad. Put it this way its no worse than the first 'Underworld' flick which had a much bigger budget.
Unknown cast accept for previous vampire player Stephen Rea, none of which are much to shout about although Guy Wilson who plays the young man from the village looks perfect for his character. Honestly for a straight to DVD film this isn't too bad and offers some nice visuals and claret soaked action, just don't expect anything original a tall.
This actually puts a pretty interesting spin on werewolf mythology, and some of the werewolf action is pretty exciting, it's just that the first hour of the movie is SO fucking boring! I had to watch this movie in like five separate chunks. The CGI werewolf looks busted so thankfully they only show it sparingly, but the rubber-masked body-suit werewolf actually looks pretty good in a cheesy monster movie kinda way. I couldn't tell if it was some of the performances or some of the costumes or a combination of both that was making this feel like community theater, but quite a bit about this film feels pretty budget (which is par for the course when it comes to straight to DVD monster movies I guess).
It says something about Stephen Rea that even when he's not trying he's still acting circles around the main cast. Then again we are dealing with a movie that trying to be the next Van Helsing for whatever reason so it's not aiming high.
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