Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (BLU-RAY)

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Running Time: 
94 minutes

Universal Studios was practically built on its stable of classic monster movies, and as part of their 100th Anniversary they are trying to relive those year with new films like Werewolf: The Beast Among Us. Or at least, that appears to be the intent. And while they didn't outright fail, they clearly didn't feel this movie deserved a theatrical wide release.

A town is terrorized by night. A creature stalks the streets and the forest, killing anyone in its path. A werewolf. The local doctor (Stephen Rea) treats the wounded, and dispatches those who have been curse. A young boy, Daniel (Guy Wilson), is his assistant and has been tracking the beast's kills, trying to understand it. A team of skilled werewolf hunters come to town, lead by a man (Ed Quinn) whose family was killed by a werewolf, to solve their little beast problem.

As Daniel's investigation bears fruit, it seems the werewolf is perhaps cleaning up the town, killing only lowlifes - thieves, prostitutes and other evil men. Meanwhile the hunters discover in their own way that they are not dealing with any normal werewolf. Clearly the beast is one of the townspeople, but who?

While not as laughable as some of the movies that get made for the Syfy channel, Universal's Werewolf: The Beast Among Us is still a B movie creature feature through and through. This turns out to be a strength of the film as it never tries to be great art. It also doesn't bother with trying to fill scenes with witty quips and out-of-place humor that tends to either make or break most other movies. Overall, Werewolf is a solid monster movie and worth watching and even contains a couple unexpected and enjoyable twists.

The Blu-ray delivers the film in quality HD picture and High-Def sound. The commentary track with the director, Louis Morneau, and the producer, Mike Elliott, is a bit of a snoozer - mostly talking about filming by the seat of their pants, with the main interesting fact that the budget was so tight that on the last day of filming when they wrapped the final shot all of the equipment was taken and returned to where it came from, so they had no extra days to do any reshoots. There are also the standard slate of deleted scenes, and a few short Making Of featurettes.

Review by Jason Pace
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