The wife and I escorted the Old Year out with this film. I know there have been references to it
in other, werewolf-oriented threads, but I went back through all 18 pages of this folder and there
is no specific thread title that jumps out.
Monster Pal recommended this film based on my extreme satisfaction with the Ginger Snaps trilogy,
and I gotta respond with a resounding THANK YOU. I've read the Wayne Smith novel (Thor) that
is the basis for the film, but somehow never got around to viewing the treatment. What a fine little
picture. There is so much to like about the movie -- clever dialogue chock full of double entendres;
a menacing turn by underrated Michael Pare; and some terrific special effects that don't shy away from
full bodysuit werewolf action. In fact, this film is one of the few werewolf treatments that doesn't try
to hide the monster with quick cuts, or half-body shots. I guess there is a bit of CGI thrown in (maybe
stop-motion?) during the one major transformation scene, but that doesn't hold a candle to the
rest of the monster presentation. Good sound and lighting help out, along with a soundtrack that
accentuates suspense and violence.
I found the film on a new Warner Bros. 4-film/2-disc release that also includes Wolfen, the Abel Ferrara
version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Coma. Very nice package, a four-pack for $16.
One of the better entries in the werewolf subgenre.