"A squad of british soldiers on training in the lonesome Scottish wilderness find a wounded Special Forces captain and the carnaged remains of his team. As they encounter ranger Megan it turns out that werewolves are active in the region. They have to prepare for some action as the there will be a full moon tonight."
16 August 2004
||My Rating: out of 5|
A British version of 'Rio Bravo' or 'Night of The Living Dead'. During a training mission in a backwoods of Scotland, a team of soldiers get trapped in a cabin and encounter creatures with superhuman strength and a craving for human flesh.
A good British werewolf movie, that shows you how to scare people and make an enjoyable, fun film at the same time.
This is a great movie genre that has not been exploited in recent years. Being trapped and fighting an enemy until daylight is rarely used these days. A couple of John Wayne's films are the best examples of this genre, 'Rio Bravo' and 'El Dorado'. These are basically the same film, but the drunk is played by Dean Martin in the first film, and Robert Mitchum (the patron saint of drunks) in the second.
Please note - This is not a typical horror movie, This is NOT 'Jeepers Creepers' - the story is not juvenile, you do not lose interest in the first 20 minutes and you aren't praying to a higher being with supernatural, god-like powers (i.e. Superman) to kill the main characters in an unnecessarily brutal and painful way.
A great companion film to last years excellent and under-rated 'Ginger Snaps', another modern werewolf movie, from Canada. Monster movies do not have to be cringeworthy or painfully embarrassing, as Hollywood would have us believe.
This is good, clean fun, with the humour not detracting from the atmosphere or predicament the characters are in.
10 September 2003
||My Rating: out of 5|
Training British Special Op Soldiers in Scottish woodlands area run afoul
of intelligent and powerful pack of werewolves that proceed the whinging,
soccer-loving twits off one by one.
Hooray for on-screen gore! Oh how I missed you so! OK, so this grainy,
low-budget flick isn't exactly the Second Coming, but you take what you
can get these days, and I'd gladly take this over 'Jason X' or 'Jeepers
For a man who, rather incredibly, has his insides hanging out for most of
the film, Sean Pertwee acquits himself rather well in the hardass 'Sarge'
role Al Matthews ('I Loooovvee The Core!') had in 'Aliens', whilst
newcomer Kevin McKidd (speaking in a thick Scottish brogue that is just
plain cool- why they didn't get Billy Connolly in there in a supporting
role is beyond me, that'd be the icing on the cake) is quite good as our
hero, a less violent and more humane character than anyone else. The rest
are just waiting to be mauled I'm afraid, including a conveniently placed
female zoologist, but that's OK, aside from the grainy handheld look of
the film, what we've got here is one of the standout horror films of the
last few years.
Good FX work for a low-budget film, and an appropriately cold, dark and
rainy atmosphere help enormously. A bit of humour might've helped, with
the sole funny bit coming from a drunk and dazed Pertwee (who has never
impressed me this much before as an actor) remarking about his guts:
'Sausages!' (You had to be there, I guess).
Not 'The Howling', but it's a bit more violent than most modern horror
films, something a lot of people will no doubt see importance in. More
character depth might've elevated it to something more than minor cult
08 February 2003
||My Rating: out of 5|
What can be said about an action/horror
movie that not only pays homage to, but directly references such greats as
Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, Evil Dead and even Predator? What about
a movie that cleverly quotes both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the
Matrix and do it without drawing too much attention to itself? Just this:
Worth paying full price to watch, and even possibly own.
This movie gave
me what I have been missing in horror movies, gore. Tons of gratuitous
entrails, various unidentifiable innards, and good old fashioned splatter.
It also left out (for the most part) what horror movies of late have
spooned out far too readily, cliche tongue in cheek humor. The only humor
in this movie seems to spawn from the charactersí own need to relieve
their (and our) tension.
The performances are much better than your
average low-budget horror films with Kevin McKidd (Trainspottingís Tommy)
turning in a much better than expected effort. The main flaw seems to be
that sometimes the plot is a little loose, and at other times itís cause
for some serious head scratching. Additionally, the werewolves themselves
look a bit cheesy, but luckily theyíre hidden in shadows and mostly only
seen in brief glimpses. Some people, mostly uncultured Americans, may
find the accents hard to understand, losing key plot elements, but anyone
who can sit through movies like Snatch or Trainspotting and still follow
along wonít have any trouble.
In conclusions, this movie isnít going to
win any awards, but if you want to see a good, old fashioned werewolf
movie and have a sour taste in your mouth from Gingersnaps or the God
awful American Werewolf in Paris, this is your movie.
A small military squad
participating in war games runs afoul of some pesky werewolves in the