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A fresh take on the Werewolf genre and an instant classic
April 23, 2017
I'm very much a werewolf fan and aficionado, and this is now one of my all time favorite additions to the genre and lore. Very, very different take on the lore and story. The scientific, crime solving approach was a fresh approach. The filming was a concern for me because I typically hate the "real" found footage filming style, but it worked very well with this movie and wasn't overdone. While I do love werewolf movies, I am not a fan of gore and there was some pretty intense stuff in this movie. I actually did something I have very rarely done, hit fast forward for one part that was thankfully very well telegraphed so it was easy to know it was time. I've read some reviews say this was "done before" and while that is possible, I've never seen anything like it in a werewolf or monster genre. Maybe the other movies did it so poorly that I couldn't make the connection. Either way, the plot development was unique in my experience.
I'm used to seeing a much greater amount of transformation from human to beast than this movie's special effects had, but that helped with the plot and story. While a lot of the "monster" special effects were tame by comparison to werewolf classics like The Howling or modern masterpieces like Underworld, they were quite "real" feeling. It moved along as much by character interaction as it did by action. The scene on the cover was actually really creepy, even though it didn't go exactly as pictured. The end of the movie was also very well done. It could even have a sequel. Some people weren't impressed, but it left me with a big smile on my face saying "wow" and very happy I took a chance on watching it.