Werewolf: The Beast Among Us full movie review - This small werewolf film deserves to be seen.
'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' was a thrilling surprise to say the least.
I hadn't heard much about this film, other than that Universal was planning on releasing this film direct-to-video after they abandoned their plans to make sequels and spin-off films of their remake of 'The Wolfman' from 2010. Whoever made this decision, made a good one, because 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' doesn't just bring the blood and guts, but it has clever twists and turns, and takes the werewolf legend to a different level.
Almost every werewolf film I have ever seen, the movie and characters deal with the werewolf as it's the first time to ever come across one. Most films go into the legend, the folklore, and initial experience of dealing with this new beast. What's great about 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us', is that there is none of this. It takes place in Transylvania where werewolves are a common thing. Everybody knows about werewolves, and the town-folk have come to terms that they have to deal with with these beasts on almost a daily basis.
That is until, a new werewolf starts causing trouble. This particular werewolf is unlike any other werewolf the townspeople have seen. This one is faster, meaner, uglier, and just hell-bent on causing death. It reminded me of 'Alien 3', with Ripley talking how different the Alien is in that movie. However, low and behold, since werewolves are a constant menace, you can hire werewolf hunters. In 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us', we get a gang of professional werewolf hunters, who promise to deliver the beast's dead body.
Don't let the title or fact that this is direct-to-video dissuade you from watching or purchasing this, because this was actually quite good. There are some gory death scenes for you blood and guts fanatics out there, as well as a few surprises that would make M. Night Shyamalan take notice. The werewolf itself looked surprisingly good for not have a huge budget. It's a mix of CGI and actual prosthetics and makeup. After watch the behind the scenes featurettes on how they created the wolf, they could have just used the prosthetics and make up for the werewolf and left out the CG effects out.
Steven Bauer and Stephen Rea turn in decent performances with what they are given. Some of the dialogue is a bit cheesy and seems like it was written to air specifically on the SYFY channel. That being said, 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' is a new take and glimpse into the werewolf genre, and it is most welcome. While this won't be remembered or brought up in any werewolf conversations, this sharp and bloody little film should be seen.