Sarah Tyler returns to her troubled family home in the isolated countryside, for a much put-off visit. As a storm rages outside, Sarah, her family and friends shore up for the night, cut off from the outside world. But something comes out of the driving rain and darkness. Something that holds a dark secret so devastating that, in one night, it could wipe out the entire family.
Why is it so difficult to make a great werewolf movie? In my opinion, there is only a very small handful. For me, âDog Soldiersâ, âAn American Werewolf in Londonâ, âGinger Snapsâ, âThe Howlingâ, and âThe Company of Wolvesâ are the standard to which I compare to. Now that isnât to say there arenât any other good ones but to me they are somehow flawed. I thought âAn American Werewolf in Parisâ was a great follow-up, but the horrible CGI creations ruined it. Another notable mention is Eric Redâs âBad Moonâ, a fantastic film but I hated the transformation. Some will argue that the âUnderworldâ films were great to which I disagree.
I enjoy the action aspects of the series but as far as it being horror is just a ludicrous notion. And yes, I hate the werewolf, uh oops, I mean Lycan transformations in them as well. So I approach werewolf films with a bit of hesitation since I am a bit harder to please than most. From the UK comes âNight Wolf, a film that really has so much going for it that it could have been classic if only they had made a few different choices than they had.
Sarah Tyler (Isabella Calthorpe) is returning to her family in the countryside after having spent the last 8 months living in the United States. It doesnât take long to realize that her family isnât living happily ever after. After a brief chat with her step-dad, she finds that her mother isnât at home and that her brothers are out in the barn partying. While she is catching up, a storm starts brewing and the electricity is lost. When they get to the house, Sarah and her crew find out that there is something in their home thatâs hunting them down. And itâs far from humanâŠ
First thing I want to say is that I REALLY HATE the title âNight Wolfâ. It really doesnât have much to do with the film and the original title, â13 Hoursâ is much more fitting and less revealing. With that out of the way, âNight Wolfâ is a really solid film. The pacing is just right. You can feel a sense of tension that builds throughout the film. Not only from the creature that lurks somewhere within the house but from the core group of characters that have many secrets and grudges with one another. The cast is terrific and the acting above average. It was a refreshing change to see a horror film that really spends much of the runtime building character. The characters feel real and the conflict between them is the core of the story.
If you are a bit squeamish, then I would guess that this is a film for you. Aside from one great exploding head gag, there is very little blood and guts here. And yes, it really did bother me. If there had been just a bit more carnage I would have literally flipped out over âNight Wolfâ. Much of the effects, if not all were practical effects and they looked great, especially the creature. There just wasnât enough of it. For many, there will be enough, me, I was just looking to be blown away and I wasnât. I was actually a bit disappointed since I felt it was seriously lacking in a department that could have delivered.
Overall, âNight Wolfâ is actually a really good film. Director Jonathan Glendening does a terrific job of building tension and setting up atmosphere. The cast nails their roles and are great to watch. The creature design is fun and original. BUT (yes, I have a BIG but) the lack of any real visual carnage left me a little let down. Still, a very good film that does manage to suck you in and would be ridiculous of me not to recommend to you ***1/2 (out of 5).
Night Wolf (2010)