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(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)
Today I give thanks for this awesome trailer for Harbor Moon. (Beware fast flashing images that may induce vertigo or seizures. I started to have an issue with it toward the end.)
Blurb: When Timothy Vance receives a call from a man claiming to be his long-lost father, he takes a trip to out-of-the-way Harbor Moon, Maine. But the man is nowhere to be found and unfortunately for Tim, the town doesn’t take very kindly to strangers. As he struggles to stay alive and learn the truth about his father, Tim discovers that Harbor Moon is protecting an incredible secret… and it turns out that Tim may have more in common with its residents than he could ever imagine…
This looks freaking awesome. Blood, guts, the monsters that hunt the night, and the things even monsters fear.
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.