Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)


Plot: When a mysterious creature terrorizes a village by moonlight, a local young man, Daniel, convinces a team of skilled werewolf hunters to let him join their quest to hunt it down. But as the villagers are attacked one by one and turned into vicious beasts, Daniel begins to fear that his ruthless foe is someone closer than anyone thinks.

My Review: I tend to say that Werewolf movies “aren’t my thing” but usually I end up enjoying them. Silver Bullet and Ginger Snaps are probably my two favorite, at least off the top of my head. My usual issue with werewolf movies, is that the werewolf tends to look foolish and then the movie is sort of ruined for me.

The one thing I wasn’t sure I’d like about this movie, was it not being set in modern times. Its set sometime in the 19th century. Instead, I actually really enjoyed that aspect. No need to explain a ton of things – like cell phone
reception. It also made it more interesting to watch the hunters come up with ways to kill the werewolf. They had to make traps and weapons. Interestingly enough everyone already knew about werewolves as the attacks had been happening for years. So it wasn’t the sort of movie where it really had to be explained what was going on as everyone already knew of the existence of werewolves, and when the movie starts the village has been under attack for sometime.

The movie starts off with Charles (our lead hunter later in the film) as a child with his parents being attacked by a werewolf and killing it. 25 years later he’s a professional Werewolf hunter. While sitting in a tavern one night, he hears of a town that is suffering from werewolf attacks. But not just any werewolf, one that hunts for many days, not just on the full moon.

Charles and his team head to the village. There we meet up with Daniel, a teenager who is an assistant to the local doctor, his mother who runs the local brothel, and his girlfriend Eva, the towns rich girl. Daniel has been studying the dead bodies for any clues to who the werewolf could be. He decides he wants to help the hunters track down the wolf, but they aren’t too keen on letting him join in. Of course the rest of the movie is the wolf attacking, and the hunters hunting, until its reviled who the werewolf is.

The movie does an alright job of trying to cast suspicion on certain characters, but quite frankly I thought it was rather obvious the whole time. That’s how these werewolf movies almost always work out it seems, with the exception of Silver Bullet. I had no idea who would be the werewolf in that, and I was utterly floored/shocked as a kid when it was revealed. It was great!

Gore/FX: Gore Galore! Well, for the unrated version which I watched. There is some good stuff here for you gore fans. Not much at the actual time of death, but the mutilated bodies left behind after every werewolf attack is gruesome. Dozens and dozens of dead bodies. I was pleasantly surprised. As far as the werewolf itself, its mainly CGI with a few close-ups of hands/face that appear to be props/costumes/makeup. But overall pretty decent. I’m really really picky when it comes to how my werewolves look and I wasn’t that disappointed.

Sexual Content: None.

Acting: Ed Quinn plays Charles, the head of the vampire group. He’s great and might I add, quite lovely to look at as the rugged hunter. The acting was all excellent. When you hear a horror movie is direct to DVD you often think the production values and acting will suck. But that wasn’t the case here.

Overall: This is a Universal Pictures 100th anniversary DVD that was straight to video. But don’t let that fool you. It’s actually very decent if you couldn’t tell from my review. I was entertained so therefore I definitely recommend it to werewolf lovers. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to give it a 3.5 or a 4, so I just went with a 4. Not awesome, but very decent and rewatchable.

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One Response to Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)

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    BahTulSkarz says:

    Since it is Universal’s 100th anniversary I knew that they would bust out the big guns. I just threw it in my Blockbuster at Home queue and grabbed the blu-ray disc since it did not cost any extra. Since October started all I have heard about in my office at DISH is vampires this and vampires that. It will be nice to have a change of pace.


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