Movie Review: I AM LISA

I should tell you all right up front that the starring werewolf of the film never fully transforms. This was due both to the film’s miniscule budget—they couldn’t afford the FX to achieve the “wolfing out”—and time constraints. I know this because I watched the making-of feature that came as an extra on the DVD and the creators admitted as much. I will give them props for sticking to practical effects; they didn’t choose to go with lousy CGI to give us a cheapo werewolf, and that’s commendable. Still it was disappointing that Lisa the lycanthrope never goes full-on feral.

Also, the script is a little sloppy in places. You can tell it was a first-time effort from screenwriter Eric Winkler. And they do some weird affected thing with the filming of the movie’s moving automobiles that doesn’t fit the overall vibe. And the acting is uneven; most of it is airtight, but there are a couple of characters who get short shrift from the performers embodying them. Not the lead, fortunately, and not the villain, and all the rest of it holds together well enough. Wolfgirl Lisa, too, is a new contender for sexiest of all werewolves, in my opinion, but that’s just a bonus and doesn’t have much to do with the effectiveness of the film overall. I’d give this one a good solid B.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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