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NEVER CRY WEREWOLF
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Brenton Spencer

Starring:
Nina Dobrev
Peter Stebbings
Kevin Sorbo

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A teenager begins to suspect that her new neighbor may be a vampire, although nobody seems to believe her… oh wait a sec… I mean werewolf. She even gets a T.V. show host to help her track down the monster and save her friends.
Is it good movie?
The obvious difference between Fright Night and this Sci-Fi Channel Original is the fact that the teenager is a girl and the vampire is a werewolf. I’ll even admit that the beginning of the film isn’t too bad even with its lack of originality. In what seems to be a remake, a teenage girl finds some of her new neighbors habits strange. We’re talking hairy palms, and a date with a hooker that seems to go bad. She watches him from her house using her little brothers telescope and even gets to peek at the guy taking a shower (perv). Basically, this also feels a bit like Disturbia which of course feels like Rear Window. The werewolf is fairly well cast with Peter Stebbings chewing the scenery. He is no Chris Sarandon but he has enough wolfie charisma to make it work. I also liked Nina Dobrev. As Loren, the teen being terrorized by someone who thinks she looks a whole lot like his long dead wife, she gives a good enough performance. But soon, things get ugly.

When Loren and her geek pal Steve (a fun performance from Sean O’Neill) track down some weapons, the wolfman shows up to cause a major scene at a gun shop. This is where they meet the T.V. host. Kevin Sorbo is Kevin Sorbo, nothing more, nothing less. This is where the film takes a turn for the worse. Here’s an idea, some dude walks into a gun shop and lets his dog loose to kill people… so maybe someone should call the police? Okay, the dog turns into a demon hellhound but still, I’m sure this dude would at least be questioned if someone bothered to be something other than a moron. And once Loren and Sorbo meet by accident one thing became clear, the dynamic that Charley Brewster and Jerry Dandridge had in Fright Night is completely void. In fact, so is the suspense, the humor and the scares. The score is so painfully overused that it is almost beating you over the head with either a badly timed piece of music that plays over the scene, or a alt rock song that seems right out of The Lost Boys (not in a good way, even though I liked that soundtrack).

Director Brenton Spencer knows his horror or maybe he just knows Fright Night, and possibly The Monster Squad. He even gives it a better than it should be look. I was almost enjoying it until that previously mentioned sequence. After that, it just seems to become an episode of whatever CW show is hot at the moment, with werewolves and a tease of sex and gore. Yep, the gore is light and the werewolf effects, although not bad, are pretty much man in suit with a couple quickie shots of a transformation. Nothing to foam at the mouth over. While not as terrible as it could have been, this “remake” is strictly for the fan that wants to see every single werewolf movie… and digging Gossip Girl doesn’t hurt either.
Video / Audio
Video: A good enough Widescreen Presentation that looks to be about 1.85:1.

Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 is also good. At least you could hear the transformations happening.
The Extras
Ah… nope… this beast lacks any bite as far as special features. We get Trailers for “Anamorph”, “How To Rob A Bank”, “Something Beneath” and “The Hive”.
Last Call
I don’t think it was necessarily the fact that this is a blatant rip off of Fright Night. But it just becomes a lazy, carbon copy of a suspenseful and stylish movie that still holds up today. The actions of the characters are dumb and the whole suspense thing is almost completely gone. While it may be better than much of the Sci-Fi Channel’s original programming, and even sport a couple of good performances, it is still a bad werewolf flick. While the special effects are not terrible for a man in a suit type of thing, not showing a worthy transformation at all sort of hurts when it is a werewolf movie.
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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