A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The difference between the good and bad werewolves is that the first group represses their urges by chaining themselves up once a month, while the bad ones want to eat everyone.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of insinuated, darkly shadowed, silhouetted violence, with dripping blood a repeated effect. Wounded bodies appear in various contortions, including hanging upside down and arrayed as if crucified. Boy has repeated nightmare flashes (a "home invasion" scenario in which his father is dragged away). Werewolves attack victims with lots of growling, leaping, and flesh-ripping sounds. Shooting sprees galore: When werewolves aren't tearing at human flesh, they're shooting at one another. Werewolves' transformations (hair sprouting, noses growing, etc.) are violent and alarming to a young boy who witnesses them changing. Heroes' truck flips over violently. Following her kidnapping, Kat is left hanging in the woods, emulating a bloody crucifixion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female werewolf shows cleavage and midriff; sex scene between Sonja and Varek might be a transition from a rape/attack on a female saloon patron, but the scenes are poorly edited, so it's hard to tell -- at any rate, the sex shows sweaty-chested, bloody-faced Varek looking triumphant.
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Mild and pretty infrequent language includes "goddamn," "s--t," "screw this, "little prick," and "What the hell is happening?"
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Products & Purchases
GMC pickup truck.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bar scene shows beer and liquor being served.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dark, poorly edited horror movie has plenty of violence, including multi-gun shootouts, careening cars, and werewolf attacks (bloody, shredding flesh, usually in deep shadow). The narrator, a nearly 13-year-old boy, has a difficult relationship with relatives that he's just discovered are werewolves (the fact that they've lied to him his whole life creates a lot of tension). A female werewolf shows cleavage and midriff as she chomps on her victims; some beer and liquor is shown in a bar scene. Language is relatively mild, including several "hells" and fewer uses of both "s--t" and "damn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The good werewolves aren't sympathetic, and the bad werewolves aren't especially frightening. This, in addition to their very shadowy appearances, makes director Jim Isaac's "horror" movie rather boring. There's quite a lot of shooting; the sound of bullets being fired punctuates the human-to-wolfish transformations. But only occasionally does anyone hit a target -- which means that the shooting scenes go on and on. The werewolf attacks, on the other hand, leave victims shredded and bloody, unable to continue battling.
In the end, of course, there's a showdown -- good werewolves versus bad. As this scene finds all the werewolf characters speechless (though very growly), Tim and Rachel must figure out their own mission, and how to make their family unit work. Sadly, the movie has at this point become so disjointed that you won't be worrying about them anymore. Maybe the confusion emulates Tim's sudden, frightening shift into responsibility -- lycanthropy as metaphor. Or maybe it's just shoddy filmmaking.
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