Director:Juan Martínez Moreno
Cast:Gorka Otxoa, Carlos Areces, Secun de la Rosa, Manuel Manquiña, Mabel Rivera, Luis Zahera
Werewolves are probably one of the most underutilized villains in the genre, which is sad considering how badass they can be. Sure we'll get some here and there, but for the most part it's pretty rare for one to even come out, let-alone, one that's actually good. Luckily that changes with this little known Spanish flick. Alternatively titled Attack of the Werewolves, this horror comedy attempts to bring back some old school werewolf action, while throwing some jokes at us along the way.
The story revolves around a failed writer who returns to his hometown after decades for some sort of tribute from the villagers, but the man quickly realizes that the strange and distant townsfolk actually lured him back to break an old gypsy curse that has plagued them for a century. With the help of his old bumbling childhood friend and the writer's sleazy agent, the trio attempt to survive the ordeal and leave the town before they're killed by the villagers or the curse reaches the mysterious second phase.
I really dug the movie for the most part and although the comedy didn't always work, it kept the pacing moving and gave the film an overall fun tone. What I liked most about the flick was the filmmakers decision to keep things old school by using practical make-up effects and having the actors wear suits. Even the look of the werewolves themselves were reminiscent of a more classic time. CG was seemingly only used in small bits, like scenes that involved jumping from buildings. This is obviously a nice change of pace from what's normally given to us from more recent efforts, where CG is the more dominant tool used.
The movie pretty much did away with most of the rules that accompany being a werewolf, as these beasts can be killed by normal means, silver or not. This is also probably one of the few films I can think of (aside from the Underworld series) where more than a dozen werewolves are on screen at the same time, which made things more interesting and entertaining. The only minor issue I really had with the flick would probably have to be its lack of gore, but aside from that it was a solid watch.
This is a fun werewolf pic that doesn't take itself too seriously and delivers some entertaining old school mayhem. The most positive aspect being the practical and classic look of the werewolves themselves, which is a nice break from the usual uninspired tripe we get from the genre. Worth a look, especially if you're into werewolf flicks.
|Posted on November 18, 2012 - 6:32pm | FrighT MasteR|