BLU: Werewolf: The Beast Among Us
Transylvania, 19th century. Werewolves are a well-known issue but in a little town there seems to be some new breed of werewolf. Every full moon, the beast slaughters plenty villagers and all efforts to capture and/or kill it have been in vain as it not only seems to be more ferocious and stronger than most werewolves, but also smarter.
When a group of hardened werewolf hunters arrives in town, the local medic’s apprentice, Daniel, offers them his help and after quite some insisting and a failed attempt to capture the wolf, they decide to get him on board. With any of the town’s people possibly being the wolfman they can sure use his local knowledge, but the enemy may be closer than any of them ever thought…
Back in 2010, Universal released The Wolfman with Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins in the lead. Just as with most werewolf movies, it treated the beast as something new people had to deal with and followed the well-known folklore quite well. None of that with this Werewolf: The Beast Among Us, though. Werewolves are common stuff just like zombies and vampires. Did we mention the movie is set in Transylvania? Only thing missing is Frankenstein and we’ve got just about all the classic monsters together in one movie.
Quantity isn’t quality, though, and that’s for sure clear here. The acting is mediocre, the plot rather stupid, and the way we’re lead to believe anyone in town could be the wolf is so in-your-face that it removes any possible tension. Werewolf looks and feels as if it’s one of those Syfy Channel horror movies that are just ridiculous enough to make them funny. If that’s what you’re looking for, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one, but otherwise you may pass.
Considering Werewolf was shot on a low budget, the image and sound quality are pretty decent with no compression errors, deep blacks and a good amount of detail in the image. The DTS-HD 5.1 soundtrack also does its job very well with some good effects and clear dialogues. The Blu-ray also comes with about half an hour of extras (not counting the audio commentary) that include a behind the scenes feature, a piece on the creation of the monster, cast & crew getting excited about monsters, and finally some deleted scenes.