Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Dentist Review

Ah yes, the most hated medical profession outside of being a Proctologist, has to be this one, The Dentist. In this review, I will be talking about that and wonder a few things that I have experienced in my life and some things you might want to chime in about, all in all a good time. So sit back, grab a stiff drink (I like Gin & Tonic), and enjoy the ramblings of your host with the most, Sir J.

The Dentist is a movie that I’ve seen before, but haven’t in a long time, so I had to watch it again in order to remind myself of how cool Corbin is. It stars Corbin Bernsen, one of my personal favorite actors in a role that is quite maddening in many ways. A well to do doctor is having problems with his marriage (and no, it’s not that he’s not going down…er….never mind), and one day catches his wife and the pool guy getting some action. He gets mad, so mad that he goes forward to grab his gun and hunts down the pool guy at a friends house, when he is caught by a friend of his wife. They exchange pleasantries before he finds out that the pool guy is banging her too! Now, don’t get me wrong, this is in no way a porno, but I swear I saw a pornographic movie start this way, but then again, I just remember a pool house in the Asia Carrera movie “The Bitch” in where…er…once again never mind.

The plot of the movie becomes a revenge thing, where our antihero goes nuts in his dental practice and starts hurting his patients. As he slips more and more into madness and molests one of the women that comes to get a cleaning, he starts to kill them off in the most ridiculous of dental ways. As the film progresses he eventually is caught, and this morality play ends with him in a very uncomfortable position.

Corbin Bernsen rocks this one, slipping in and out of madness as the evil dental professional, and at times you are rooting for him. At other times, you’re disgusted by the makeup effects that are used to make the kills and thrills more gorey. One major prosthetic is amazing, however, with a man’s mouth opened at full mast and his teeth and tongue exaggerated for the camera.

The revenge plot thing works well here, and the movie is fast paced. On one side you want to root for him, because that good for nothing pool man is getting it on with all the wives. Then again, he shouldn’t kill, he should just get a divorce right? Or maybe he should get revenge somehow, that doesn’t involve killing? Who knows, it’s a standard horror piece with above average nudity and comedic timing that may or may not be intentional. I recommend The Dentist, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made get wood….er never mind.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Best Horror Novels of 2012

When I was doing a search for the best horror novels of 2012, I didn’t find a lot of lists out there on the subject. So to satisfy my own curiosity I put together a list based on a number of criteria that should point you towards reading the best of this year. These 3 books are the best I could find, but if you have better ideas, or you simply want to search on your own, do so by clicking here.

This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch it By David Wong – Now that he’s getting a lot of publicity for the movie that is to come “John Dies in the End” this sequel of sorts should get you to start reading horror fiction once again. The cover alone is worth looking at, but it’s what lurks inside that should captivate your imagination, and soul! Get it today by clicking here.

14 by Peter Clines – One of the most interesting ideas to put on paper, a strange apartment, mutant cockroaches, and life that just seems unfair, and that’s just the beginning of t his interesting book that will have you scared to ever live alone in the dumps of Los Angeles’s less than attractive areas. 14 by Peter Clines comes highly recommended, and you can purchase it here.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach – A horror novel that was originally posted in excerpts online through reddit and other online forums, is the basis for this interesting story that caught most people off guard. Ready to get blown away by creative horror narrative? Here’s your shot at something new and worthwhile. I’ll keep the plot a mystery because you’re going to want to go in fresh. Purchase it here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Coma (2012) Review

I’m always excited to see new horror novels, and then I realized that what I thought was new is really old. That’s why I was shocked to learn that this series is a rehash or update of the original movie that was based on a 1977 book by Robin Cook. This horror story is one that is poignant, and very timely, and all in the same breath scary. This four hour drama really is condensed into around 2 ½ hours or so if you catch it on blu ray or through streaming of some kind. Coma is one of the slickest mini-series adaptations that I can remember in recent times. Far better than the last one I reviewed on this site, “The Langoliers”.

The series starts out as a medical drama, a young graduate student is starting her first rounds in a hospital and everything seems normal. However, after a flurry of patients start to dip into mysterious comas, she is alerted about what is really going on. As she starts to investigate, she starts to find out information that the hospital higher ups don’t want her to know. Meanwhile, a blossoming romance starts between a rogue surgeon and the coed, and then this series takes a wild turn into the unreal before leaving the plot hanging in the midpoint.

This very much felt like a made for television production, however, the tense moments between each interval point forward made for some very suspenseful and scary tie ins to real life. You see, the story becomes not so far fetched when you understand the underbelly of what’s going on. Government cover ups, medical science, comas, and all sorts of little details go into making this one of the more brutal ideas of medical studies gone wrong. Yet, it seems to be almost possible, it really does tow the line really close for comfort; especially with the way the characters react to certain developments.

Coma goes into full throttle in the latter stages, and if you’ve developed any care for the characters you start to panic when the twist reveals more than just a hospital trying to harvest, but also a psychopath willing to kill for his freedom, and then throw in a psychopathic drug trip and you have all the makings for one of the cooler developments in mini-series history than “Who Shot JR”. Ok, I had to do it, but it’s better than a giant spider in a cave, right? Right?

I honestly recommend Coma (2012) as a scary series, and am looking forward to purchasing the novel by Robin Cook. For those that aren’t familiar with his work, he’s a neurosurgeon and medical doctor that has parlayed a lot of his experience into some of the most poignant horror medical novels and thrillers ever created. He seems to be on top of things, and well, this movie made me think twice about getting my knee fixed, that’s for sure. Check out this series and drop me a comment and let me know if you liked it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

9 Dead Review

Picking up yet another independent horror movie, I found another interesting piece with some interesting moments. While this movie was not the greatest ever, it did feature some quality moments, which made the genre that was started by the Saw sequels urgent and somewhat entertaining. 9 Dead is a movie that features all the best in horror and all the worst in horror all at the same time. You can call it whatever you want to call it, but this movie has an entertainment quality that reminds fans why they like the genre to begin with.

9 Dead is a movie that features a group of people that are put together in a room and should know why they are there. A sadistic killer is there and he’s asking them to figure out why, and as they go through the motions of trying to figure it out, complications arise and each one is killed off one, by one. As the movie progresses their intertwining stories start to come out and the puzzle pieces start to fit quite nicely over layers of flashbacks.

Melissa Joan Hart stars in this movie and she is out of place for the most part, she can’t carry the load of being in despair, although it is something that she tries really hard to convey overall. I found that her performance really pushed me far away from what I feel would’ve been a good overall horror movie. Her performance isn’t the only lackluster one, however you have to look past those things.

9 Dead has its moments, but it’s not going to be on any top 10 lists at all. The movie really falls flat in the end, and the way things are left just screams for something more. The movie passes through the motions that you’d expect from a thriller and right when you think that Jigsaw will appear, the credits roll and leaves you with a half a chub and a smartphone looking for Clarissa Explains it All on dvd. This is one that you’ll want to check out, but won’t necessarily be favorite by anyone outside of diehard horror fans. I liked it, but didn’t think it was the best of the “saw” clones.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Midnight Movie Review

Ever since I decided to end my relationship with Time Warner Cable and go without cable, I’ve been able to watch far more movies than I can shake a fist at. This movie has been on the shelf for a while, and I only heard about it being available on dvd recently. It first came out in 2008 and it has been ignored by most idiots, like myself, until now. Midnight Movie is an interesting mix of genres and truly delivers on a variety of fronts, including the end.

The movie stars out with a bang, it features a psyche ward and a crazy person being allowed to watch their own movie. When this happens, he disappears and goes into his film and on a rampage….four years later. We catch up with a midnight movie being shown in a small town, and the viewers end up being part of the show, whether they want to or not.

A great deal of genres are mixed in this movie, with the primary one being slasher. There is a killer gutting people and taking them from the real world into the film world. This is done with a cool looking drill piece that is shoved into the stomachs of victims. The main killer seems to just want to kill for the sake of it, until he’s knocked out cold and killed, but then we get to see a second party, and a revival that is quite good.

The movie is a nice paced film that tries hard to make things good on a one million dollar budget. The acting is ok, the cinematography is good, and the music is a good mix of instrumental and rock music. I found that the gore effects were done nicely and effective as well. In fact, I found a lot of things to love in this one, and when the revealing twist happens, I was cheering.

Midnight Movie is a good slasher hybrid with good effects, funny moments, and twists that you may see coming a mile away, but still want to see play out. The ending is bleak, but I won’t spoil it for you. As far as independent horror is concerned, this is one that entertains and delivers a hefty punch. I was surprised yet again at another indie horror film capturing the imagination and ethos of the 1980s with style and lots of substance. Sure there are some downsides, but they are easily overlooked for an impressive film that breaks taboos and pays homage even if it might be inadvertent.

Favorite Midnight Movies

The clock strikes midnight, you’re wide awake and you don’t know what to watch. You decide on the genre of horror, but what will you watch at such a late hour? You brew some coffee and mull over the decision and that’s when you decide to check out your favorite horror movie review blog, and you look for something that will be good around midnight.

Well, if you’ve found this post and you’re looking for Scary Film’s favorite midnight horror movies, then you will be glad to know I’ve got you covered. Here are 3 of my personal favorites to watch around midnight and the likes. Pick them up via here, or click the links to help support this blog.

My 3 Favorite Midnight Horror Movies

The Shining Blu Ray – When it comes to adapting Stephen King’s work, you really have a lot of work on your hands. He writes like it’s going out of style and continues to fill pages and pages with writing. He probably writes about as much as I do, the only difference is he makes millions and I’m lucky if I can make this month’s rent. (Seriously, help me out please) He didn’t like the adaptation of his novel, but I sure as hell do. Kubrick took a lengthy novel and made something so killer that if you’re up at midnight, you will enjoy. Get it on blu ray and put on the surround sound, and get ready to enjoy a thrilling horror picture of epic proportions. I for one love it.

Silent Night, Deadly Night – Ever since I was a child, I have loved this movie. Sure, it’s brash and it bastardizes the Santa Claus role, but so what? This movie is awesome. It has something for everyone including sex, violence, and nuns! If you’ve been bad, then watch this movie and keep being naughty!

Cabin Fever Blu Ray – I love Rider Strong. I love him as the sidekick in Boy Meets World and I love him in this movie. He plays “Paul” and makes it to the end of a movie where no one should survive. This movie is Eli Roth’s first film out of school and he truly made a classic. I absolutely love it, and feel that it’s underappreciated in todays gore filled marketplace.

The aforementioned are going to get you back to sleep after waking up in a cold sweat at midnight. If you haven’t already done so, check them out on blu ray and dvd. Click the links, help me out, or simply go back to bed and enjoy a dream or whatever.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIEner Review

I’m not a big fan of zombie movies; I just get bored of it after a while. Even though I enjoy certain programs and movies in the genre, it’s one of those things that have been done to death, much like Vampires. While I can watch a decent movie about it, I am often times bored by the way it’s presented. That’s not the case, however, for this movie DIEner…get it? Which came out in 2009. This movie clocks in around 1 hour and 20 minutes and is not a compelling piece but offers some good overall action.

The movie’s plot revolves around a drifter that is killing people in a very small town. When the people he has killed start coming back to life, he commissions a couple to help him thwart an invasion, but that doesn’t prove to be possible. The zombies come through a diner and start to eat their way through any living thing that is in the area.

This movie is an example of what a low budget and a cool idea can do. I found it to be an interesting take on the whole Zombie thing, but there was no real explanation as to why things were going the way they were. I found moments to be laboriously done, and the pacing slows down before it ramps up to a full frenzy in the end.

When the movie is over, you truly feel like you just saw a made for tv special that only last’s an hour. Cut up, this would be a good 1-hour presentation on the SyFY channel. It most certainly needs another 45 minutes to get really good, but then again, maybe it’s not that great. DIEner…Get It? Is available now, but I’m not sure if anyone will buy it.

3 Indie Horror Gems To Watch Again

When it comes to independent film making, the horror genre is one of the most packed. People love making horror films for a variety of reasons, and they excel in many ways. Some of the studios in recent memory have invested heavily in independent horror to the fact that some were paying upwards of six figures per film to release the dvd. I saw many of these classics while working at a video store in Los Angeles.

Although now I write for a living, I sometimes wish I could go back and be a video store clerk. I feel like I was made for that type of job, but alas, it’s time to look at different things.

Here are 3 indie horror gems to watch again. Click on the links and buy them online to help this blog continue to move forward.

Feast – There are monsters outside of a small town bar and a group of people is trapped. Sounds like a clichĂ© right? It kind of is, until you start to unfold what lurks outside of the doors and you get showered in blood. There are some awesome characters found here, and you’ll love the way things play out in this gorey independent horror film.

Wrong Turn 2 – The sequel to the box office hit is one of 5 sequels that have come through dvd and bluray. This is a good one only because Henry Rollins is in it and he’s BADASS to the very end. If you want gore, and horror mixed with that great sarcasm that can only come from Henry Rollins, then you owe it to yourself to check out Wrong Turn 2 again.

Serum – This independent film is a gem that was shot on HD cameras but made straight to dvd. The movie is a standard monster type film where a doctor discovers an interesting ride through what can happen medically when money is on the line. I didn’t sell that well at all… it’s a cool “cure all” movie with dire consequences.

As per usual, I beseech everyone to pick these up on dvd or streaming services online, they are instant independent film classics.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dead Tone Review

Well, my goal of writing only werewolf movie reviews really tanked this month, and with that in mind I decided to throw in the towel and just start reviewing again. I managed to watch a cool slasher film that most people didn’t see for a few years until it was purchased by the people that were producing the Flavor Flav horror anthology television series for BET and thus we get this movie called Dead Tone.

I read some criticisms about how this movie was a rip off of “Scream” but when you get to the meat of the movie you start to realize that this stands all on its own with great prowess. The plot involves a prank call gone awry. A few kids are calling people and making them panic, and if they can reach 75 seconds on the call, they are declared a winner. The opening is very hard to watch, especially since many taboos are broken in the horror genre. Just in the first 15 minutes, you get child killing, a strangling, and a lot of violence that you just don’t get with a lot of other horror films today. Granted, this movie was made in 2005, and then released in 2007, so it’s not like a brand new one, but it definitely earns the R rating with how brutal the opening is.

The movie progresses nicely, setting up the twists that are to come and in predictable fashion the children are college students when we pick up the story. They are headed to a remote house where they can party and once again play the game of prank calls. It’s there that they run into the same villain that terrorized them as children, only this time they are going to get hacked!

The movie turns from dramatic thriller to serious slasher with a faceless villain smarter than the kids he’s chasing. You get all the gore you want here, and if you blink you’ll miss some cool sequences of death. The movie continues like this through the third act, right before it hits the climax in which we see who the villain really is, and a twist that my girlfriend even didn’t see coming!

By the time a rogue detective gets to the crime scene, we already get more twists than a pretzel. That’s terrible, I’m sorry.

Dead Tone is a refreshing slasher movie that had me guessing until the very end. I appreciated that this didn’t take itself too seriously, and delivered a good romp of horror fun. I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it for those that are looking for a hidden gem amongst the bargain bin movies at your local video store. Do they exist any longer? Man, remember the porn sections that were blocked by red ropes or something like that? Nevermind. Check this movie out and look for a brief cameo in the start by FLAVOR FLAV!

3 Cool Euro Trash Blu Ray Discs To Buy

When it comes to European trash movies, I’m a big fan. Whether it’s exploring the evil and satanic nuns of Italian and Spanish fame, or I’m knee deep in the rape-revenge flicks that sliced in pornographic scenes with femme fatales that would put shotguns in the mouths of their oppressors, I love the genres that came out of this era of exploitation cinema.

Today, I wanted to veer into some of my favorites and just recommend that you please help this blog by checking them out, purchasing them, or at least helping me out by going to here, and picking up whatever you’d like. I’m 100% freelance and write for a living, so I’m not making billions, and need your help.

Here are 3 cool Eurotrash Blu Ray discs to purchase today:

Baron Blood Blu Ray – Mario Bava really turns up the scar tactics in this story about a Student abroad trying to learn about his family. This movie plays on the sadist ideologies that seemed to run rampant in the exploitation genre, but you’ll find that it’s not exactly gore filled, despite an awesome disc cover. Pre-order this one at a major savings.

Amer Blu Ray – One of the most interesting and beautiful pieces of giallo cinema is found in this 1970s Italian euro trash picture. It might be mislabeled but when you get to the eroticism that is presented here, you’ll understand why even a high definition transfer doesn’t change the notion. You’ll find the transfer to be one of the best reasons to own a blu ray player today.

Living Dead Girl Blu Ray – This French film ties together the hysterics of toxic waste and earthquakes into a terrifying tale about when zombies rise from the grave to feed on the flesh and blood of humans. This transfer is amazing, and you get an awesome amount of features to go with the bloodlust that is sure to entice even the most jaded of horror movie fans.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Werewolf Hunter Review

When it comes to finding good movies, I tend to judge the cover. I know, they always say not to, but I can’t help it. I’ve found some of my favorite movies and books have the coolest covers ever. Maybe it’s because I’m a graphic designer (bachelor’s degree), or maybe it’s because I’m a man and visual stimulation comes naturally to me in some way, I just absolutely love cover art. When I saw the cover art for Werewolf Hunter, I was definitely intrigued and thought it would be a good overall flick. What ended up turning out was a moderately successful werewolf movie that left me wanting something else. The movie is a Spanish one that was originally titled Romansanta, but for this review it’s called Werewolf Hunter, the proper name.

The movie is an interesting one, it is based on true events, and it’s not completely implausible. The plot revolves around a man that seduces women and then eats them. He then takes their fat and makes soap. When many women start disappearing a small town starts a hunt for all wolves, thinking it’s merely a wolf that is doing the damage. After some time, we are introduced to a hunter that claims he has been turned into a wolf and now must hunt his nemesis in order to once again become a man. The whole thing is tied up to a folklore tale of a man that claimed he killed many people but wasn’t to blame, because he was a werewolf.

The plot moves slowly, although there are some nice visuals. You get a sense for the time and place, with great costumes and beautiful women. Yes, there is nudity, so score one for those looking for a little Spanish boob action. Other than that, the movie feels like a Shakespearean play, as there is high drama throughout the film. By the time you get to the killing, it’s subdued and boring. There is a quick transformation scene that is kind of cool, but other than that, this felt like a made for television romp than anything else.

Werewolf Hunter is not a good movie, if you’re looking for horror. It’s a good piece of dramatic film making, but outside of that, it’s just not for scary film review fans or anyone that wants to have fun at the movies. I started to fall asleep towards the end, which is an awful sign. Not every movie can be a winner, but then again, my girlfriend liked it, so maybe it’s good for some, not for others. Wow, how awful are my reviews getting? I’ll have more reviews coming sooner than later.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Red: Werewolf Hunter Review

For today’s review I wanted to look at a little made for television movie about werewolves and boy did I find one that I didn’t hate, and was pleasantly surprised with. SyFy channel made this movie in 2010 and it starred some halfway decent acting mixed in with some interesting story telling elements and while it looked like it could be a straight to dvd feature, it still had elements worth noting that were far beyond the campy norm that usually plagues movies of this nature. Red: Werewolf Hunter takes the traditional route with horror, but there is enough to please just about anyone.

The movie revolves around the plot of Little Red Riding Hood, as she and her family are now hunters of werewolves. The first sequence of this film really hooked me. We get to see grandma get torn to pieces by a wolf, and while this moment was really harsh, it would not live up for the rest of the film, as this is the most violent scene you get without the aid of computer graphics. Grandma doesn’t live and through the floorboards of the attic a young Red watches on.

We are then moved forward to a new day, a new home and a couple visiting the woods to grandmother’s house. There we meet the werewolf hunters all in line with “Red” and there are some laughable moments in the introduction of each character, but you just live with it. The problem that plagues the family is a new breed of werewolf that can morph whenever they want, which means that outside of the full moon, the family will now have to fight.

When the fiancĂ©e of “Red” gets bitten, all hell breaks loose and the family has to fight the new villain. The villain named Gabriel is awesome, in my view, mixing elements of “Prison Break” with something a bit more macabre. If you don’t get behind the family of hunters, you will get behind this villain, as he owned the screen whenever he was on. Outside of that, the rest was just a bit bland.

The movie goes through the same elements that you would expect with any other horror film in this genre with people dying, the body count rising and the ultimate showdown between hunters and hunted. In the end, you get a favorable ending and that’s about it.

Red: Werewolf Hunter had some great moments. I liked the fighting for the most part, and did enjoy the movie more than I thought I would. I think SyFy is getting better with these pieces as the movie had a certain element of budget that is often times lacking. I didn’t like the graphics of the wolves, but I guess I can live with them. Overall, this wasn’t half bad, and would recommend it. It’s not great, by any means, but it’s far better than you’d expect.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mom Review

Today we are featuring a film that came out in 1991. It is one that flew beneath the radar of millions of people, and only a select few ended up watching it. I saw the posters for it when I was a kid, but I never did venture forward to see it. That is, until last night when it was time once again to watch another werewolf spectacular! Today, we will be discussing the horror comedy named Mom.

The movie starts out interesting, with a loner at a bus stop waiting to head towards Los Angeles. He is in the darkness when a woman tries to befriend him. When she offers him a drink, he obliges by opening up her blouse and killing her wolf style! This kind of weird “rape” scenario really didn’t do too much in the way of introducing the character as more than a rapist, until the flash of the full moon offset the initial shock.

The plot fast-forwards to the present where an old lady and her family are enjoying Christmas and another year gone by. Things are normal, until our drifter ends up wanting to rent a room inside grandma’s house. When she tries to cook the man a nice dinner, he doesn’t want to eat, and then he attacks! The makeup here is fast, and no transformation scene is shown, but we get a full wolf style mask and jowls to prove that it’s a wolf.

The kicker here is that the werewolf is blind and states that he’s immortal and can turn grandma into a flesh-eating wolf. This transitional stage and process isn’t really shown, and the movie moves into a more buddy-style movie where the older lady (mother) is being groomed to become a full-fledged werewolf by the super villain. Of course the wolf plays blind, but we all know he can see.

When the old lady’s son, whom also is a reporter for the news station, finds out that his mother is eating the flesh of homeless people, he decides that the stranger needs to go and goes on attack, and this of course is where the movie starts to derail for everyone.

The movie throws a wrench into the werewolf lore. Forget about silver bullets, or anything like that, our main villain is killed by a fire, that’s it. He’s set on fire and he goes away into the dust. That leaves grandma (mother) with the vice of eating human flesh, so the son locks her away, and this of course starts an odd kind of “trapped” movie.

Billed as a comedy, “MOM” was supposed to be an interesting taking the werewolf lore; instead it proves to be a slow moving romp through lackluster jokes, and interesting problems. You start to wonder whether or not you’d let your mom kill to survive or would you kill her and save humanity? There are some moments where this movie becomes far too dramatic for its own good, and I found myself wanting to fall asleep.

I don’t necessarily recommend “MOM” unless you absolutely have to see every werewolf movie out there. It’s a bad example of the wolf lore, but it’s not terrible. It has a few shining moments, and an ending that will have you either applauding or simply laughing, you decide.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Werewolf Reviews From The Past

When it comes to reviewing werewolf movies, I often times think about what I’ve already done on this website. I’ve been reviewing movies for several years now, and have posted over 700 posts on this blog. I did not just show up overnight and start wanting to talk about horror, and to showcase that love, I wanted to share links to the past reviews that I’ve done.

The werewolf movies that I’ve reviewed have been a toss up over the years, and before I move into publishing thoughts on more wolf movies, I wanted to relive the past one more time.

Check out the following links, and tomorrow we begin another round of conversations about werewolves.

Howling III Review
An American Werewolf in London Review
The Wolfman Review
Full Eclipse Review
The Curse of the Werewolf Review
976-Evil Review
Silver Bullet Review
Howling Review

Check out the above links to reviews I've done on this site in the past. They go back all the way to 2008, so enjoy.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Beast of Bray Road Review

For those of you that are new, or haven’t really checked out my site for a while, you’ll be glad to know that November 2012 is Werewolf month, and I will be looking at only werewolf movies. That’s roughly 24 – 30 movies related to t he evil creature.

Today’s pick will be our first entry into the genre. The movie is a 2005 horror movie that was based on a true story, or so they say, and features a creature so scary, that it most likely haunted a small town for a long period of time. The movie I’m talking about is The Best of Bray Road.

The movie starts off a bit slow, setting up the characters that are involved. We have the classic police force made up of locals in a small town with one transplant from the big city. He gets a lot of crap for being a “city” boy, and he has to deal with the attitudes of the town’s people as well as the department. He stumbles upon a missing person and he then starts to get notices that people are getting mauled by what appears to be a monster. It’s at around the third or fourth report that we get the inside story of what is going on, that a werewolf, the beast, is out there and has come back to seek revenge on the city that once took it out back in the 1800s.

The movie doesn’t really have much in the way of a transformation scene, nor does it do much for the genre, it just throws you (the viewer) into a small town in Wisconsin that is having problems with a werewolf and it’s up to the sheriff from out of town to stop it.

The monster is terrible. It’s absolutely obvious that there is someone in a wolf suit and it’s painfully obvious that the budget wasn’t spent on creating the monster suit, however, I didn’t expect greatness from a straight to dvd movie. The movie moves forward relatively slow after a few gorey death scenes, and by the time you’re ready to tune out the men in the audience get treated to some boobs. The skin and sin is short lived as our hero and a few helpers take their guns to the woods and try to hunt down the creature.

What seems like a straight up horror movie turns into a murder mystery in which you’re left guessing who the wolf really is. The contemporary rulebook on wolves and horror gets thrown out the window, and you have to just go with whatever is fed to you on this one as the movie dives off the deep end in the later parts of the film.

Overall, not a terrible movie, but not one of my favorites by far, but it shouldn't be a surprise since it's a straight to dvd film. It’s interesting to see what a low budget can get you, and you do get some decent acting out of Sarah Lieving and Tom Downey, but B-Movie mainstay Jeff Denton didn’t really do much to push his acting abilities. Then again, the whole movie isn’t exactly award winning. I thought it had its moments, especially with a few jump scares that even Hollywood steals from time to time. Check out the Beast of Bray Road, if you’re an ultimate fan of werewolves, otherwise, wait for something far better.
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