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HALF MOON
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Reviewed by: Pat Torfe

Directed by: Jason Toler

Starring:
Tori Black
Marek Matousek
Torey D. Sutton
Nicki Hunter

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Extras:  
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What's it about

Rose is a down-on-her-luck hooker with a jerk of a pimp who needs her to make some cash. While walking the streets with a fellow hooker named Tammi, Tammi tells Rose about one regular named Jacob who will pay big bucks for one night at a hotel. Rose jumps at the opportunity and meets Jacob at the hotel. At the hotel, Jacob is willing to pay up front, and is more interested in honest conversation than anything else. However, things start to get hairy once the full moon hits, and Jacob turns out to be something more.

Is it good movie?

Many times when an athlete or some other personality makes the transition to film, it can be an interesting experience. Some are able to handle it, while others just really shouldn't quit their day job. Tori Black, like Traci Lords and Jenna Jameson before her, made her name in the porn industy. Like them, Tori's made the transition. So what's she to do but jump into the horror market with a low-budget werewolf film? Somehow, I think Tori's previous work is more entertaining than HALF MOON.

Ususally I try to find the good in bad films, especially ones tht try. However, HALF MOON really only has two things going for it: Tori Black's left and right knockers. Not two minutes into the film, Tori Black shows what made her famous (well, part of it). There are also other ladies who drop top throughout the film (the majority of the characters are hookers, after all), so if seeing topless ladies in a horror film is your thing, hit mute during this one and things will be better.

I'm not kidding when I said hit mute. The film has a lot of dialogue. A lot. Too much, in fact, for a film of this type. This 80 minute film is basically one giant conversation mixed in with lots of shots of a CG moon (apparently, sticking the camera out the window and filming the actual moon at night wasn't practical enough). The story basically boils down to the character of Jacob not liking his status as a lycanthope. Fair enough, but did we need the seemingly endless amounts of dialogue that go nowhere other than trying to do a social commentary about hookers that hate hooking (that's lame) and be one of those dialogue-driven horror movies. That'd be great, but this is supposed to be a werewolf film. You know, tortured guy transforms, goes on a rampage, eats a few people and changes back. Instead, we get blah, blah, blah and Tori Black trying to be a thespian the only way a pornstar can.

Oh yeah, and the werewolf? The guy doesn't transform until practically the end of the film. Also, the effects for the transformation make all SyFy movies look good. Not even the werewolf costume is worth sitting through this film, unless you like seeing that Halloween costume you rented last year pop up again.

Instead of being the type of indie werewolf film that was awesome (DOG SOLDIERS), we get a film that is worse than many mediocre indie werewolf films (SKINWALKERS). All of that social commentary that writer/director Jason Toler tried to insert into the film (note to indie filmmakers: once again, if you know you can't pull double duties, don't do it) is wasted on bad acting, bad (and often needless) dialogue with lame werewolf effects and werewolf that are nonexistent until the end of the film. Go see something that's worth your time, because this sure isn't it.

Video / Audio

Video: Screener.

Audio: Screener.

The Extras

You're kidding, right?

The retail version will contain a director's commentary and a photo gallery, if you're wondering.

Last Call

If you want to see Tori Black act, go see STRIPPER DIARIES, JACK'S POV 15, TORI BLACK NYMPHOMANIAC or any of her 200 films that she's done that showcase her true talents. If you want to see a werewolf film that is impactful and meaningful, don't see HALF MOON.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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