This was in My Netflix Instant Queue – Werewolf: The Beast Among Us!
This month DVD Critics Corner turns the spotlight on movies that you may not have heard of. Cinematic gems that never made it to a theater near you. Films that have somehow slipped through the cracks, only to wind up in the mysterious phantom zone that is the instant queue of our Netflix account.
Title: Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)
Rating: Unrated, but contains lots of gory dead body stuff and icky GG blood splattering everywhere.
Cast: Ed Quinn, Steven Bauer, Nia Peeples, Steven Rea, Guy Wilson, miscellaneous Romanians
Director: Louis Morneau
Genres: Horror, Werewolves, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
This Movie is (according to Netflix): Violent, Exciting, Scary
Netflix Synopsis: “When a mysterious creature terrorizes a village by moonlight, a local young man joins a team of werewolf hunters to bring it down. But as the villagers are turned into vicious beasts, he suspects that his foe is someone closer than anyone thinks.”
The Dealy: The movie opens with a werewolf attacking a farmhouse and murdering a man, his wife, and his horse, which is pretty horrifying because in the 1800’s wives were everywhere, but a good horse was really hard to find. A little boy survives, and he grows up to be a man named Charles (Ed Quinn) who hunts werewolves and says movie cowboy things like “I reckon” a lot.
Charles has assembled a crack team of werewolf killers to aide him in his werewolf killing quest:
Hyde (Steven Bauer), the one eyed tough guy/comic relief who would have been played by Ron Perlman if this movie had a bigger budget.
Stefan (Adam Croasdell), an Englishman who throws knives at werewolves. Showoff.
Kazia (Ana Ularu), who fills out the “we need a hot girl on the team” prerequisite nicely.
Fang (Florin Piersic Jr.) He attacks werewolves with a set of silver teeth he puts in his mouth during battle. I wanna party with that dude.
Together, they roam around the Romanian/American countryside ridding the world of werewolves, who are nothing like the hip, smartly dressed werewolves that Warren Zevon has been singing about on classic rock radio all these years.
Charles and company arrive at a village that’s been under attack by a werewolf who is chowing down on the townspeople, leaving the local Doctor (Steven Rea) and his young apprentice Daniel (Guy Wilson) very little to do except pile up the corpses in a barn because burying dead bodies wasn’t invented yet or something.
Daniel wants to help the werewolf hunters kill the beast that’s been eating the towns drunks and ne’er do wells, but since he’s young and looks like he bathes on a regular basis, they want nothing to do with him. But when Charles notices this particular werewolf displays above average intelligence for a big dumb werewolf (running away from the guys with guns is apparently something werewolves don’t normally do), he decides to let young Daniel help them with the hunt. Daniel’s Mom Vadoma (Nia Peeples) hates that her son would rather hunt werewolves than go off to college to become a doctor, but she’s a Mom and you know how they worry.
Can Charles and his team learn the secret behind the werewolf before it kills more Romanian extras – I mean, 19th century Americans?
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us isn’t particularly scary or exciting, and the CG werewolf looks like every other CG werewolf we’ve seen in horror movies of late. But the movie answered an important question that’s been gnawing at my soul for quite some time: What has Nia Peeples been doing lately?
And now I know. My soul is at rest.