WEREWOLF: THE DEVIL'S HOUND
Reviewed by: JimmyO
Gregory C. Parker and Christian Pindar
What's it about
A lycan is accidentally shipped to a pyrotechnics facility. Once there, she breaks out of her box, bites a geek and eats a bunch of other peeps. John Landis this ain't.
Is it good movie?
Call it, the werewolf wore tennis shoes. Or just call it bad. It happens to be Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound and thus it begins. Some motion picture pyrotechnics company gets the wrong shipment. Expecting fun explosives, they end of with a Lycan (you know, a werewolf). It gets loose and bites the nerdy guy with glasses. Suddenly he is less nerdy, he doesn’t need glasses, and he has a taste for meat. He’s got a better half who he loves ( I think it was the wife or something) but he seems to have a hard-on for the werewolf… and no, this ain’t Brokeback Werewolf, it’s a chick. Do you see where this is going? Lotsa bodies and blood and failed attempts at humor ensue. Until those final, predictable moments. But I won’t give anything away just in case you want to check it out.
While I didn’t like the script at all, I do think that the writer/directors, Gregory C. Parker and Christian Pindar amp up on the stylistic stuff. It seems that they really dug Citizen Kane with all the funky close ups and odd camera angles. There was a lot of promise here although after awhile it got to be tiresome. Yet they got really creative with the look and tried to make it a little better than your run of the mill straight to DVD. I also thought that the actors were okay considering the script. Michael Dionne is terribly annoying as the geeky dude, but once he gets bit and turns toothy, his performance gets better. Too bad his transformation was as dull as it was… in fact, I don’t really remember it at all. Not too impressive.
As for the rest of the special effects, for a movie that gets a credit for pyrotechnics, they kind of sucked. One of the most impressive scenes was a fire in a dumpster. In other words, not that impressive. But pyros aside, the blood, decapitations and kills looked okay. And they had a couple of groovy robots… one looked like the fisherman from I Know What You Did Last Summer and the other just looked like a robot. But again, they actually rely on these guys when a couple dudes that work at the place that is under attack, use the robots via motion control (dudes wearing funny gear making the robots move) to fight the werewolf. It is done partially (or maybe fully) done for comic effect, but it wasn’t funny. In fact, there is a whole lot of “humor” here that is just not even worthy of a chuckle. And I wasn’t kidding about the werewolf wearing tennis shoes… check out a scene, around twenty minutes in, where she is eating one of the victims with the werewolf suit and the shoes are in clear view.
Video / Audio
Video: This 1.78:1 widescreen transfer looked alright considering the budget.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sounded a little better than it should have. And it also added to a surprisingly decent score by Christian DeVein.
I was actually surprised at the amount of extras for this. Lionsgate tends to treat some of these straight to DVD titles like a red-headed bastard step-child. But they threw a few clams in the belly of the beast for this one.
There is a Commentary with the writer/directors Parker and Pindar. And I liked their energy early on, but the track soon becomes repetitive when they just make references to really good directors. And one of them (or both) starts yawning. Dude, how can you expect us to stay awake through your movie if you can’t. But still, I think the two have a good movie somewhere in their creative membrane. This just ain’t it.
Next up, Composing a Monster (11:04). Composer and lead singer in the industrial band Die Symphony talks about his process of composing the film. The dude’s got talent, and the score shows it. One of the better components to the film.
More music? Well sure. They also offer up a music video for “Spit You Out” by the band Modern Day Zero. And you know what? I dug the song. The video is a bit cheap and sorta lame, but I really liked the song a lot.
And of course there are Trailers for “Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound”, “The Slaughter”, “Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition”, “Werewolf Hunter: The Legend of Romasanta”, “Fangs” and Fearnet.com.
Maybe if I hadn’t just seen An American Werewolf in London… Nah, this movie would have still sucked. Albeit many of the actors are fine, and the directors have a little fun with the camera. But this script was loaded with unfunny jokes and annoying characters… especially that guy that was chasing the truck. Now that guy should have died within a couple minutes. So, no, I can’t recommend this movie. But I’m guessing these guys have another flick in them that is way better than this. Just try and lessen the ADD camera work and editing just a little next time. And maybe a better werewolf costume, because the white haired thing was a little on the lame side.