DVD REVIEW: WOLVES / CERT: 18 / DIRECTOR: DAVID HAYTER / SCREENPLAY: DAVID HAYTER / STARRING: LUCAS TILL, STEPHEN HATTIE, JASON MOMOA, JOHN PYPER-FERGUSON / RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2ND
Credited for the screenplay of X-men and Watchmen, David Hayter goes a little more supernatural than superhero with his directorial debut Wolves, starring Lucas Till as disturbed teen Cayden alongside co-stars Stephen Hattie and Jason Momoa.
Cayden was the popular kid in school, the top football player with the hot girlfriend. It all comes to an end when he starts to have violent nightmares. Eventually he blacks out, waking up to find his parents torn to pieces. Forced to flee, he wanders aimlessly until he meets the ominous Wild Joe (Pyper-Ferguson), a werewolf who sets Cayden on a path to discover who he really is. A small town conveniently named Lupine Ridge is where Cayden unearths his true history.
For a low budget horror the make-up effects are pretty impressive, though for a straight-up horror flick it was much too Teen Wolf and should have been more American Werewolf in London. What is most impressive about this film is the lack of exposition; usually with these films it’s pouring into your ears every five minutes, but with Wolves the plot proceeds quickly without unnecessary filler for what is a straightforward storyline.
Hayter pulls off an interesting concept but the same can't be said for the execution of the plot or the performances. Lucas Till plays a very serious and brooding wolf that you just can't actually take that seriously, very reminiscent of Robert Pattison's Edward Cullen. Many werewolf flicks tend to have their own origin and rules. These wolves do not transform by the full moon but through adrenaline. Think Hulk but smaller and with fur. The teen angst thing is slightly overbearing and the tone of the film isn't quite clear either. It has its entertaining moments, but the plot takes a funny turn, not in a laugh out loud kind of way, and suddenly the film isn't as fun anymore.
Special Features: Deleted scenes / Gag reel
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