So, Animal Planet, yes, Animal Planet just debuted their dark and twisted werewolf special, Werewolves: The Dark Survivors. This special is a “mockumentary,” a fake documentary meant to sound like something real. According to Animal Planet’s website…
Dare to imagine that werewolves aren’t myths, but are actually a part of our world. Since escaping to the New World in the 17th Century, the werewolves among us have managed to stay hidden…until now.
So the unique special asks the question, what if werewolves were real and lived with us all throughout history? Werewolves: The Dark Survivors is about a series of murders in the Great Lakes region of the US. It follows a wildlife expert and detective as they track down the culprit. Since this is done by Animal Planet I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a lot of wolf facts in it. Throughout the whole thing it is treated as a real documentary about real werewolves. They took real werewolf lore and modern facts and mixed them together into a believable story. They even involved historical evidence of lycanthropy, and how people with this disease managed their secret lives through history against persecution and whatnot.
So far it is getting a lot of mixed reviews. Some love it and wish there were more mockumentaries like it, covering an assortment of magical beasties (like vampires and such). Then you have people that were scared shitless by it and are now afraid to walk around alone at night, haha. For the most part people have really enjoyed it, but I have read a few reviews that weren’t so nice, one person saying they fell asleep halfway through.
From the looks of the trailer (posted below) it looks interesting, gruesome but interesting. The trailer is a little gore-filled, so if you aren’t a fan of mutilated bodies you may not want to watch.