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Well, Month of the Werewolf ended up being a fail for me, in part because I either incorrectly set up some of the posts to publish or WordPress had a big glitch, and in part because I got sick and then incredibly busy at work and with my family and didn’t have time to troubleshoot or write more posts.
But there are three days left, and I am going to slip in smaller versions of some of the posts I intended to do. We’ll see how many I can get done. I am also working on a story for an anthology that is due on Tuesday, and I have other work to do, so I must split my time between projects.
Here is what would have been Month of the Werewolf Day Four.
Trick R’ Treat (2007): Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
I love stories that weave through each other, and I love horror movies, and I love Halloween stories. Mostly, I find Trick ‘R Treat to be fun, sometimes slightly cheesy horror and occasionally a little boring, but I love one of the four stories so much that it really carries the rest of the movie for me and makes it one of my favorite Halloween movies.
Below the cut, there will be spoilers for that plot.
I know the trailer looks incredibly cheesy. No, really, I do. And the movie is a little cheesy, the special effects not awesome. However, this is one of the best werewolf movies I’ve seen, for a lot of reasons, but mostly for this: Loren, the main character, played by Nina Dobrev, kicks ass. She’s amazing, tough and smart and determined and brave. Things I love: women kicking ass, siblings teaming up to hunt monsters, girls with crossbows and guns, werewolves on motorcycles, dramatic shots of the full moon. Things this movie has: all of that and more.
So yes, at times incredibly cheesy, and I absolutely do not buy Peter Stebbings as this hot new guy whom all the women want, and there is more women-as-victims than I like, but mostly, this movie is a joy and a delight, and I highly recommend it for you Month of the Werewolf movie needs. (Or your horror movie needs. Or your Halloween needs. This movie is multipurpose, obviously.)
Plus, if you like Nina Dobrev in The Vampire Diaries (which I do, though I’ve only seen season one), she’s kick ass and badass and awesome here too.
I actually don’t own this one yet, because I hate the only cover I’ve ever seen in person, which has Loren looking like a victim and is from one of the few scenes I really hated, but maybe I will buy it and then paste this picture on top of it, because it makes Loren look like she’s a motorcycle riding werewolf hunter and oh, god, how much do I need that sort of story in my life? A LOT.
Loren is my favorite werewolf hunter ever.
I haven’t heard much about BLOOD MOON: A WEREWOLF WESTERN, but I love werewolves and I like westerns (though frequently the misogyny, homophobia, and racism is too much for me), so I am intrigued by this trailer. (No, I still haven’t seen COWBOYS & ALIENS, though it is on my to watch list.) I was able to track down a poster for it, as you can see, and it looks interesting.
The trailer looks fairly interesting; a little too much woman as damsel in distress and woman as monster, nothing in between, but it is a trailer, and the movie might be better than I expect. I’m also side-eyeing the gunslinger creepy-ing all over the main woman we see in the trailer. Still, I think the movie has a lot of potential, and I hope we get to see it. Nice fire flashing to life, wolves howling in the distance, and people moving weirdly as they become wolves. Are the werewolves wearing masks, or is that just really horrible special effects?
The speech and the music levels aren’t really balanced, so I had a hard time hearing some of the dialog. I just realized that they’re talking about skinwalkers, and considering this is a western, I worry a lot about what sort of appropriation is going on here and how badly Native Americans are going to be portrayed. Side-eyeing you even harder now, movie trailer, but we will see.
The Howling is one of my favorite movies. It means a lot to me; it was the first horror movie I ever watched, and it was the beginning of my love of werewolves. I enjoy the rest of the series, and I’ve watched a lot of werewolf movies in my time, good and bad, but none have ever been as awesome or meant as much to me as The Howling.
If you haven’t heard about The Howling Reborn, here is a blurb:
On the eve of his high school graduation, unremarkable Will Kidman finally bonds with the girl he has long yearned for, reclusive Eliana Wynter. But he also discovers a dark secret from his past… that he is about to become a werewolf. Now, in an effort to fight destiny and save their love as well as their lives, they must battle not only Will’s growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts bent on killing them… and then, us all.
Based on that, the remake sounds less The Howling and more a mix of Skinwalkers (2006) and the movie adaptation of Blood and Chocolate, but let’s take a look at the trailer.
I love YA fiction, and I can understand wanting to focus on younger characters to hit some target markets, but it completely doesn’t feel like The Howling from the first second simply because the characters are in high school. I’m afraid this is going to be one of those remakes/sequels where they would have been better off not to attach the franchise name to it (I’m looking at you, sequels to The Lost Boys.)
Will opens with some cheesy language about the days that change your life forever. He also hits on Eliana, and as cheesy as it is, I do love the line about how she’s in color when the rest of the world is in black and white. (The trailer makes a lot of use of black and white scenes juxtaposed with scenes in color, so it is good to open with this line.)
Eliana has a line about not biting…much, and it is just as ridiculous as you’d expect in a werewolf movie. However, I’m a pretty big fan of Lindsey Shaw as an actor, and I’m looking forward to watching her in a movie. Lots of time to enjoy the way she says her lines, and also, she’s gorgeous.
The metaphor of graduation, high school students becoming something else and the werewolf story of a teen becoming something else could be really nice.
I love Eliana with her flame thrower and her gun, but it already looks like she’s going to walk the line between victim and villain, as is usual for women in horror and for women who are werewolves. I am tired of men being the heroes in everything, and I am tired of women getting to be victims or villains and that is it. (Supernatural, I am looking at you.) Maybe The Howling Reborn will surprise me. I hope. (This is probably one of the reasons I love The Howling so much. It is obviously Karen’s story, and though there are some issues, she gets to be more than the victim, at least for awhile. UGH, now I am angry at my favorite horror movie, too.)
The trailer is very shiny, lots of black and white scenes versus color scenes, and lots of pretty shots of the full moon (including a blue moon literally shot in shades of blue), which yes, is typical and cheesy, but is also something I love. The bits of destruction in the high school we see is very nice, tying into the metaphor of high school is hell that Buffy the Vampire Slayer did so well as well as the theme of metamorphosis as you approach graduation.
Underground parties, werewolves in leather stalking down the hall in a badass powerwalk, howling in the distance, werewolves in human form leaping over things in inhuman ways, the shot of a girl’s spine as she transforms, the blood inside changing you into something inhuman, fire to purge the wolf, the use of the blue moon in the story, and technology being used in the fight against the werewolves: at least from the shots in the trailer, this movie was made with me in mind. (If the trailer whipped out parkour for the werewolves, it wouldn’t matter what else happened, I’d watch the movie.) (Okay, with a werewolf movie, no matter what the trailer says, it’s pretty much a given I’ll watch it anyway.)
From the trailer, it is not a very diverse movie. The black best friend probably gets dead, or at least knocked around. Almost everyone is thin and pretty and white and able bodied. The characters come across as very straight, though sexual preference is harder to show in the short clips in a trailer. Very male dominated, with the few women appearing to be villains and maybe a little victims.
It looks like it might be an entertaining werewolf movie, but I think it would do better to not be a remake of The Howling, which brings in expectations that I am doubtful will be met.