werewolf, werewolves and lycans

Review: HOWL

Let me be honest with you. I write quite a few articles per week, every week, and it’s hard to keep up with all the topics I have covered, all the movies or television shows or web series or comics that I have reviewed. I run the risk of repeating myself, though I earnestly try not to do it. It occurred to me the other day that I had never written a review for the movie HOWL, released in 2015, not to be confused with the 2010 movie of the same title, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. I haven’t seen the latter, and as I don’t care for Allen Ginsberg and I only like James Franco in certain roles, it’s doubtful I ever will. If the script had Ginsberg/Franco turning into a werewolf, it might be a different story.

As for HOWL, the more recent version, it is quite simply one of the best werewolf movies ever made. I don’t mean it is outstanding amongst all the werewolf flicks released in recent years; I mean it is head and shaggy shoulders above the majority of werewolf films, period, better than most of the werewolf movies that have ever been made. This isn’t hyperbole; the film is THAT good. The premise: a passenger train passing through the British countryside hits something on the tracks. When the train stops, it is attacked by a pack of werewolves, some of the most visually distinct lycanthropes ever seen on film. My only complaint, which really isn’t one, is that the actors’ accents are SO British it is sometimes hard to understand them. (I recommended watching with the subtitles on.) Otherwise, HOWL will have you cheering.

The Evil Cheezman • May 20, 2016

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