werewolf, werewolves and lycans


I get sent not a few screeners for movies from companies wanting reviews, and all too often I have to turn them down. Either I don’t have the time to watch the film in the time allotted or else the project doesn’t appeal to me. I chose to watch THE HARROWING because it looked and sounded intriguing to me and because it had some recognized names in the cast, like Michael Ironside and Arnold “The Mummy” Vosloo. Also I’ve been having bouts of insomnia this week, so I figured, perfect timing, right? I just finished watching the film, so my thoughts are fresh—but was the movie “fresh”, to use the hated Rotten Tomatoes phraseology?

There’s that rule that, if you see nudity in the first five minutes, then you know the movie is going to be garbage. Well, we get nudity in this one at exactly five minutes in, so it straddles the line. I half expected a lousy movie, but was hopeful. (There’s also Joe Bob Brigg’s formula, that a good Horror movie has to have the three Bs: boobs, beasts, and blood. THE HARROWING got the first one out of the way upfront; the other two soon followed.) I’m pleased to say that I quite enjoyed THE HARROWING. The acting is good, and the storyline…

Okay, I can’t really say too much about the plot without giving too much away. Let me just say that it shares a lot in common with the plot of a big studio movie, featuring a major A-list star, which came out a few years back. I can’t tell you which movie, though, without spoiling the plot of this one. If you’ve seen that other movie I’m referring to, you’ll recognize the similarities. Whereas that earlier flick was a psychological thriller, though, THE HARROWING is balls-out Horror.

THE HARROWING is the creation of writer/director Jon Keeyes. Anytime I see that a movie is both written and directed by the same person it raises my hopes, as such auteurs tend to have a cohesive vision, with the product not suffering from the dabbling of “too many cooks” or studio tampering. In this case I was right to expect good things. While the cinematography looks familiar, looks stylistically like numerous other independent Horror flicks you may have seen, nothing novel, still everything is properly executed and there’s no sense of the film not “finding its way.” It is a cohesive whole, and it goes down smooth. Give it a try. I think you’ll dig it.

THE HARROWING premieres on VOD on Christmas Day. Because why not.

The Evil Cheezman • December 21, 2018

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