May 16, 2011

Netflix'ns: Big Bad Wolf

Netflix'ns is a series of review shorts of films, new and old, seen on Netflix, be it DVD or streaming. For better or worse, I sat through these films and have lived to tell the tale. These are not so much reviews as just comments on the film watched. Some will be first time views, others will be revisits. This is a work in progress.

As I peruse my about to expire movies on Netflix, I came across this little gem. Well, gem is not really the right word for it. Frankly, I had even forgotten about this movie. I don't even remember adding it to the queue. Oh well, I guess it doesn't really matter. I will give just about anything a shot and if I am not impressed early on, I can always press the stop button without really giving up much of anything.

Now, having watched this B-grade horror move, I cannot say I feel all that inspired to give it a full review. Seriously, Big Bad Wolf is just another low-rent werewolf movie. However, this does manage to have a little fun with the genre. It has its fair share of blood and comical moments. Not enough to make it a keeper, but certainly enough to give it a shot. If you like horror and have a sustainable love for B through Z grade pictures, you could do a lot worse than Big Bad Wolf.

The movie opens with a couple of guys out hunting. One of them gets separated, growls come from the darkness and blood is spilled. We jump ahead a little in time and we pick up with a group of friends using a nerdy kid's access to a hunting cabin as their ticket to a free party spot. They all hop in the SUV, with the last minute addition of nerdy guy's pierced, motorcycle riding female friend and head off for the remote cabin. Nothing special here except for the introduction of the kid's mean step father (and potential werewolf), played by Richard Tyson (looking like a mash up of Val Kilmer and Tom Berenger).

On the long trip to the cabin they stop to ask for directions. The guy they ask is an odd man on the side of the road with a broken down truck. This scene taught me something. If Clint Howard appears in the movie, and it's a horror movie, listen to what he says. This guy is one of two things, a wise weird dude who knows his stuff, or he is the killer. Whatever the cas

e may be, always believe in the words of Clint.

Anyway, the kids make it to the cabin, they hear some howling and then the wolf breaks in, rapes one of the girls and kills some of their number. Oh yeah, this werewolf can talk and he likes to crack the one liners. And as you are likely to guess, nerd by and motor-girl are the survivors and need to find the wolf.

Some kills are found along the way and the step father is still suspect number one. With good cause too. Well, enough with the recap. Just watch the thing. You will know in pretty short order if it is for you or not with little time wasted if it's not (just press Stop a move along).

Richard Tyson is pretty great as the borderline sexual predator. The guy makes playing a scumbag look terribly easy. His scenes with Motorgirl are pretty crazy, especially getting the DNA sample...

In any case, this is an easily forgettable movie (what are those character names again?) but it is fun in the moment and worth checking out. Enjoy!

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