Whoever originally said Werewolf: The Beast Among Us was a remake of The Wolf Man was wrong. Whoever said it was a horrible werewolf flick, was also wrong. I just watched this horror film and I thought it kicked ass. I am never listening to critics again.
“A monstrous creature terrorizes a 19th Century European village by moonlight and a young man struggles to protect his loved ones from an unspeakable scourge in Werewolf: The Beast Among Us. During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea), Daniel (Guy Wilson) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast’s fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator. So when a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Stephen Bauer, Adam Croasdell) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother’s (Nia Peeples) protests. But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf.”
This was a direct-to-DVD flick, and I’ll be honest, I expected it to be total crap with B-grade acting and effects. But I was SO wrong! The acting was fantastic and the effects were surprisingly good for a direct-to-DVD movie. I got so much more than I expected. The story was the one we have seen countless times before in other werewolf films, the whole “who is the werewolf” guessing game. But while it was the same premise, it was still an entertaining story to watch play out and there were a couple of awesome surprises at the end that I loved. It was also very gory, just as every werewolf film should be.
As for the cons in this film, there were a couple, but they were minor. One was the tiny bit of random steampunk they threw in there. The one female hunter was definitely molded after the steampunk style and it was a bit cheesy, plus it didn’t fit with everything else in the movie. The other minor problem I had was the accents, I actually lost count of how many different accents I heard in this movie (over a dozen). Seriously, every character had a different one from all over Europe and the US. That’s just a bit much.
All in all I enjoyed this movie. It wasn’t the most creative, but it kept me entertained and it was a high-quality film, not B-grade trash. Plus the werewolves were awesome.
If you have Netflix, I suggest giving the Werewolves: The Beast Among Us a watch.
Have any of you seen it, what did you think?
About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. You can stalk her via her Twitter.