Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012) Movie Retro Review by Darrin Gauthier

WEREWOLF THE BEAST AMONGST US

Director: Louis Morneau
Writers: Michael Tabb (screenplay), Catherine Cyran (screenplay)
Stars: Ed Quinn, Guy Wilson, Stephen Rea

Plot:  Set in a 19th century village, a young man studying under a local doctor joins a team of hunters on the trail of a wolf-like creature.
Running time: 93 minutes
IMDB Score: 5.1

Why I watched it: Another one I blame Netflix for, that and the cast is pretty good for this material.
Thoughts: Sometimes when you watch Made for DVD movies you seen names that were once big and it does make me a little bit sad, seeing Stephen Rea and Steven Bauer playing secondary roles in a low budget werewolf movie is tough, Bauer is even wearing an eye patch and furry chaps, don’t ask.

What I liked: Louis Morneau is a solid B-Movie director and has made some I’ve even liked, yes I liked Bats, so the film is fine tech wise, it’s filmed well it can’t hide it’s budget but the film does have atmosphere and it does feel like a very low budget monster movie. The cast is a mixed bag but this is the section for positive talk so I’ll point to Ed Quinn, I like him as an actor and he’s the best part of the film, his character is cool and I kind of wish it was just him and not a team of hunters cause he worked. The werewolf effects are fine not great but I’ve seen worse and I also liked that they tried to play with the legend a bit and made the werewolf into a super werewolf that could control his turns so making it a mystery of who the werewolf is was decent and there was a clever twist.

What I didn’t like: The main fault with the film is the secondary acting and Guy Wilson as the lead, I guess, he was pretty bad.  He couldn’t carry the film and they made a huge mistake making it about him and not Ed Quinn’s hunter character who was a lot more interesting.  The sub-plots in this movie were bad, cliched and not well thought out or filmed really.  They tried a young lovers sub-plot, the doctor had one, you could go on and on and they added up to filler and really hurt the momentum of the film.  Even though I liked the twist of who the werewolf was and the idea behind it the execution and the acting didn’t hold up their end. There was also too many useless characters in this as well for a movie that was just over 90 minutes there was too many loose ends and stuff that felt jammed in.

Final thoughts: It’s a watchable made for DVD film, it add it’s moments but it does look a bit cheap and the acting let the film down.

Rating: 4/10

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