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Sarah (Isabella Calthorpe), who has been away from home for a long time, returns to England from LA. The house is being remodeled. We are introduced to Duncan (Simon MacCorkindale), Sarah's stepfather. There are some bill issues and mom is away for...? but will return in a couple of days. She is accused of keeping a boyfriend and draining the family of money. Sarah joins her brother out in the garage/barn where we are introduced to the rest of the gang. She has 3 brothers: Steven (Peter Gadiot),Charlie (Gabriel Thomson), and Luke (Antony De Liseo). Doug (Joshua Bowman) is a playboy and a friend of the guys. Emily (Gemma Atkinson) is Steven's girlfriend, formerly Doug's girlfriend as so crudely pointed out by Gary (Tom Felton)another party animal.
After we get the basic idea of who all these people are, under a full moon and a power outage, the drunk stoned party moves to the big house with flashlights and candles....only to discover the terror that occupies the house. (If you have read the title or looked at the cover, you got a good idea what is there.)
The creature makes noises that sound like "Predator" apparently an easy noise to duplicate as all the horror films have gone to it. The "night wolf" moves through the house by jerking around an infra-red camera. The movie was a fairly good idea that was poorly executed and suffered from the lack of decent special effects. I thought the support cast of Tom Felton and Gemma Atkinson were great. Isabella Calthorpe left much to be desired.
F-bombs, sex talk, no real nudity. Pot smoking, drinking.
I liked that Night Wolf does not show the wolf too much. BUT, it does not spare viewers brief glimpses at the monster's great carnage. The audience's imagination gets to scare the hell out of the audience. I like that.
I liked the performances. I liked the violence and nudity. I liked the mystery and suspense throughout. I liked the after-credits scene foreshadowing a possible sequel. Generally, I liked Night Wolf. You might too.
Isabella Calthorpe and REVENGE's Joshua Bowman struggle but can't overcome the material. AMERICAN WEREWOLF and THE HOWLING are still the most enjoyable wolf-tales. Watch them instead.
The film is very well done for what it is; a low-budget British horror. There's a storyline which has actually had a bit of thought put into it, the special effects aren't the worst, the acting is acceptable and the relationships between the characters is well established from early in the movie.
However, I found it difficult to sympathise with many or indeed any of the characters in this film for the simple reason that they are on the whole, over-privileged, arrogant and generally unlikeable with very little in the way of redeeming qualities. In fact, it was a delight to watch many of them meet their end. Moreover, I struggled to look at Tom Felton and think of him as anything other than Draco Malfoy. Of all the actors, I was most surprised by the performance of Gemma Atkinson who was able to demonstrate a greater range than that of mere eye candy and monster fodder.
The feel of the film is that the group was genuinely trapped within the house and as is necessary with any horror film made in the 21st century, there's an explanation for the absence of mobile phones from anyone's person that allows the movie to progress nicely towards a fairly predictable horror flick ending.
The film was comfortable within its 85 minute running time but feel that some gore, death scenes and shots of the beast are gracing the cutting room floor for the sake of getting this particular flick a "15" certification and therefore a potentially wider audience. Boooooooo!
I've certainly seen worse horror movies and definitely shoddier domestic productions. All in all, I would suggest that this one is fairly middle of the road but could certainly have benefited from a bit more "horror" in this horror movie.
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