New werewolf-related projects tend to come along fairly frequently; the genre is as wildly popular as ever, and there are moviemakers aplenty willing to pander to that appetite. Granted, sometimes you have to look for them. For every GOOD werewolf film there are ten bad ones, at least. (And even a bad one can be fun, if handled properly, but those require a seasoned snout to sniff out.) There are a couple of new and upcoming releases that have me feeling hopeful. I’ll be checking them out as soon as they debut on DVD.
WHEN ANIMALS DREAM is a foreign film, so it automatically piques my interest. In recent years it seems that foreign-made Horror films that manage to garner International recognition are, perhaps not surprisingly, fairly excellent. I’m digging on the sublime title, too, and it’s described as a “feminist” werewolf story, which means it could be sharp and satirical, as the best lupine cinema usually is. HOWL looks pretty damn amazing, too, as does UNCAGED. Why is it that these sorts of movies never get theatrical release, while flotsam like, oh, OUIJA or THE GALLOWS get foisted upon us at regular intervals? Oh, I remember. It’s because when something truly excellent in Horror does come out in theaters, as CRIMSON PEAK did a few weeks ago, it flops. The sheeple can’t appreciate such rarified fare, it seems.