Movie Reviews 211 – Curse of the Wolf (2006)

Curse of the WolfAnother entry from the The Midnight Horror Collection: Blood Predators, Curse of the Wolf could just as aptly be called “Curse of the Neophyte Movie Maker Doing Just About Everything Wrong”. OK maybe that’s a bit harsh, but I consider myself a seasoned (and hardened) Z movie watcher with plenty of ‘first movies’ on my cinematic watching regimen that I can spot all the novice mistakes that many first time directors fall into and watching this one was like ticking of that checklist of gaffes.

The prologue scene before the credits went so long I was convinced they skipped them entirely until the pounding metal music sizzled my eardrum while near illegible goth scrawl appeared with the requisite flaming background. But even worse was the first twenty minutes showing a girl running away from a group of lycantropes (semi werewolf/humans) without much explanation. When we finally get one it’s all muddled with group fight scenes that seem to pop up every ten minutes. I swear that director Len Kabasinski must have recruited the rest of the cast from his local Tae Kwon Do or Karate school since just about every character did a 360 twist head kick.

Dakota (Renee Porada) wants out of the clan and she’s taking some drugs normally dispensed by veterinarians to keep retain her human side. The clan’s loquacious leader is urged to forget about the the girl from most of followers, but stubbornly persists in having her come back. The  movie settles down a bit by the second half when Dakota befriends a bunch bar regulars who decide to come to her aid. Needless to say they too all went to the same Dojo as they are equally trained in leaping head kicks.

Most of the movie is underlit so you can barely make out some of the scenes. There are the miraculous night turning into day, and then turning back into night all within seconds, continuity errors. Then there are the ‘lets shot some gory, bloody, dismemberment outtakes that don’t really add anything to the plot, but hey we thought it looked cool so we added it’ scenes. All badly underlit so we don’t really know what (or who) are being torn apart. Keeping with the ‘underlit’ theme are the werewolf costumes and makeup. Perhaps these shots were purposefully underlit because what was discernible was not good at all.

Anyhow you get the idea. After a few mandatory boob shots there is the big final battle and good wins over evil. Oh, did I just spoil it for you? Sorry. Consider yourself spared. In comparison Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned which is on the same DVD now seems like five star opulent production.

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