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Red: Werewolf Hunter

3.6 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Virginia “Red” Sullivan (Felicia Day, The Guild) leads a group of werewolf hunters, safeguarding the pact between humans and the werewolves. When a new breed of rogue werewolves led by Gabriel (Stephen McHattie, Watchmen) break the truce between hunters and wolves, Red sets out to kill Gabriel to save mankind. It is now up to Red to prevent a full-fledged werewolf takeover.

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Frequent Joss Whedon collaborator Felicia Day (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) makes her own bid for Buffyhood with this promisingly straightforward horror/action combo, originally intended as a series pilot. Day stars as Red (fairy-tale reference definitely intended), the latest in a long line of supernatural game wardens sworn to keep the local werewolf population in check. As she attempts to introduce her FBI agent boyfriend (Kavan Smith) into the fold, she must also counter a new threat from a mysterious stranger (horror stalwart Stephen McHattie, wearing what appears to be U2's old Joshua Tree duds) with the ability to Wolf Out at will. Like many films produced for the SyFy Channel, this bears the distinct mark of budgetary limitations, most notably in a few background special effects that appear to be Colorformed directly onto the negative. In its favor, however, director Sheldon Wilson dispenses with much of the tongue-in-cheek humor now standard in the genre and treats his otherworldly subject seriously, culminating in a nicely Grimm finale. As for Day, she handles her transition to lead status with aplomb, dispensing spin kicks, romantic scenes, and midair crossbow trick shots with equal amounts of gusto. Even if its ambitions eventually overstep its means, Red sports enough intriguing elements here to create hope that the plans for a series come to fruition. Start your petitions, fans. --Andrew Wright

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  • Actors: David Reale, Carlyn Burchell, Kevin Power, Andikis Karkas, Joan Grisson
  • Directors: Sheldon Wilson
  • Producers: Robert Vaughn, Robert Vaugn, Lewis Chesler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TG8156
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red: Werewolf Hunter" on IMDb

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 27, 2012
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Even geek goddesses sometimes phone it in. RED: WEREWOLF HUNTER is yet another take on Little Red Riding Hood. Except that, in terms of watchability, it's nowhere near the realm of THE COMPANY OF WOLVES or Reese Witherspoon's FREEWAY or even the animated parody HOODWINKED. At least in 2011's RED RIDING HOOD, one can commend Amanda Seyfried for her very good performance while damning the script that let her down. The highlight of RED: WEREWOLF HUNTER for me was ogling Felicia Day in her black leathers. RED: WEREWOLF HUNTER, a 2010 SyFy television horror feature, may fill you with dread, but, embarrassingly, not in the way the film intends. Ennui sets in pretty quickly.

Virginia "Red" Sullivan (Day) is a modern-day descendant of Little Red Riding Hood. "Red" isn't a fond nickname as much as it is an honorific bestowed on the first-born daughter in each generation of a family of werewolf hunters. A truce exists between the Sullivan clan and the remaining werewolf packs. Providing the werewolves stay deep, deep in the woods, the Sullivans will desist from declaring it open season on lycanthropes. Still, the Sullivans aren't about to have a yard sale on black leather threads and their arsenal of silver weaponry.

But then a rogue werewolf named Gabriel (Stephen McHattie) comes along and shatters the tentative peace. Although it's never really explained, Gabriel is a terrifying new breed that can phase at will, who isn't at all restrained by the lack of a full moon. Gabriel has seized leadership of the pack and now he's making a move on the Sullivans. Luckily for the humans, FBI agent Virginia Sullivan picked the perfect time to visit her family homestead. But she may regret bringing along her fiance, fellow federal agent Nathan Kessler (Kavan Smith).
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Most werewolf stories are either done very right, or very wrong. "Red: Werewolf Hunter" hovers somewhere in the middle -- a story that's compelling and some great acting from Felicia Day and Kavan Smith, but the werewolf hunters are inept and the werewolves don't have a lot of dimension beyond "RAR! WE'RE EVIL!"

FBI agent Virginia "Red" Sullivan (Day) brings her fiance Nathan (Smith) home to meet the family. Then a man is brutally murdered, and Nathan is injured while searching for the person -- or animal -- who did that to him. It's then that Virginia reveals everything: for centuries, her ancestors have been werewolf hunters -- and so is she.

But now a new werewolf has come to town, promising the local lycanthropes that he'll teach them to shapeshift at will, not just when the moon is full. The plan to kill him becomes a lot more personal when Nathan turns out to have been bitten -- and the werewolf plans to kill or turn the whole Sullivan family.

"Red: Werewolf Hunter" is neither the worst nor the best werewolf flick I've ever seen. It has a nice atmosphere, mixing the gothic, wintry quality of a small town with leather coats, silver and harpoons. Yes, there is an actual scene where Felicia Day stands on a rooftop and harpoons werewolves. That is awesome.

Unfortunately, both the werewolves and hunters are... not handled well. The hunters come across as inept, stumbling into obvious traps that seasoned werewolf hunters should have seen. And the werewolves are pretty 2-dimensional -- we never really see any of them being anything except bloodthirsty savages, and none of them have any doubts about what they're doing.

Also, there is a HUGE continuity error late in the story.
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So where does one begin with a review of this mess.

The writing....lukewarm at best would be fair. The story has some of the largest plot holes I have ever seen outside of an Ed Wood film...and that's saying a lot. Repeated use of the terms werewolf, Nathan, and hunter get to the point where it becomes more fun counting how long before they are uttered again. The writer simply didn't get a passing grade on this project in school but was so in love with the premise figured it would still be workable if it could have some geek appeal in its casting of a fan favourite Felicia (please be my next wife) Day.

Special effects...hmm what makes them so very special is they allow you to use your imagination....constantly. Budget constraints kept production from showing the werewolves crisp up Buffy or Blade style treating the viewer instead to bursts of flame behind any convenient objects, cars, walls, crewmembers.

Editing and sound. Completely random edits make the film feel as though you are always missing something. It also allows for increasingly large plot holes to develop. Much of the time audio sounds culled from a studio voice over session with odd echoes and quality.

Now to the acting. Normally I like the cast. On paper it should have worked as I have seen them all perform in other projects and been impressed by their varying ranges and strengths. In this film though we are treated to seeing some of the most wooden performances this side of a marionette convention.

Watching Red made me laugh, yet not in a good way. It made me get involved by shouting corrections at the screen. You will be left to wonder why they simply didn't use silver bullets in machine guns as they seem to have an abundance of it to begin with.
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