Released 2005

Review by: Fiji Mermaid

I originally didn’t have any interest in seeing this flick. It’s got Wes Craven directing, which is pretty hit or miss for me. It was written by Kevin Williamson who generally does a good job at writing this kind of teen horror flick, but I was afraid it would be more of a been there, done that CGI werewolf kind of movie.

The story is about Ellie (Christina Ricci) and her brother Jimmy. Their parents were killed in some kind of accident, so now it’s just the two of them. Ellie is a young woman in the professional world with a job working for a television show production company, and Jimmy is a teenage geek that gets picked on by the bullies of the school. While driving home one night they hit a dog and then hit an oncoming car. The oncoming car is thrown down into a ditch. They go down to check on the person driving and find her to be alive, but stuck in the car. While they try to pull her out something grabs hold of her shoulder and drags her out of the car, dragging the other kids. They are both bitten by the creature and find the car accident victim torn in two. They tell authorities about a wolf like creature, but of course nobody believes them. Ellie believes she didn’t see anything, but Jimmy believes they were bitten by a werewolf. They then go through some scenes where there wolf senses keen to noticing things they haven’t noticed before. This was just on the edge of trying to be a serious Teen Wolf, but doesn’t go that far (which is a good thing). Another young woman is killed in a parking garage after a party that Ellie and her hip, club owning boyfriend are at. Jimmy believes that it’s the work of a werewolf and that he and his sister need to stop the original werewolf before they change and hurt someone.

Overall this isn’t too bad of a flick. It’s on par with "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer", as far as the vibe goes. If you like those you’ll probably like this one. I would say that if you are a fan of werewolf movies to give this one a look too. I love them, and there aren’t that many good ones out there. One strong element in this movie is that the werewolves look really cool. Great design by Rick Baker and some great animatronics mixed with some OK, CGI make it stand out over some past werewolf flicks. In my opinion, it’s not as good as Silver Bullet or The Howling, but still worth checking out.

Theatrical Trailer

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