REtro REview: Wolfen (1981) | A Worthwhile Trip Down Memory Lane

The phrase ‘You can’t go home again,’ apparently came from a Thomas Wolfe novel of the same name – which is news to me and while I suspect that it was never intended to apply to movies, it works because who hasn’t recalled seeing something at an earlier point in their lives that they don’t […]

Late Phases – Review

“Late Phases Is An Interesting Diversion, Though Hardly The Best The Werewolf Genre has To Offer.” When all is said and done, what separates great werewolf movies from also-rans is the quality of the titular beast itself, which unfortunately isn’t Late Phases strongest point.  The aforementioned monsters here look less like wolves than large hairy gnomes, which is […]

‘Wolves’ Red Band Trailer

What it is about werewolf movies?  For every The Howling, An American Werewolf In London or Dog Soldiers, you get twelve Skin Walkers and lots of crummy Howling sequels. I don’t know know in which column David Hayter’s Wolves falls, but if the trailer is any indicator, lycantrophy is being used as a thinly-veiled allegory for a young man’s transition into […]

‘The Howling Reborn’ Review

In all the annals of film history, I suspect that being a werewolf has never seemed quite so dull. It’s tough finding an entertaining horror film, especially since so many aren’t. A new crop of films recently appeared on Netlflix, but quantity isn’t the same thing as quality.  Take “The Howling Reborn,” for instance.  It’s an […]

The State of Special Effects

Above is a video of a partial animatronic (a covered skeletal armature that use various methods to mimic the motion of a human, animal, or imaginary being) test for the movie “I Am Legend” from Steve Johnson FX.  It was not used in the final film, though considering the designs that were, is disappointing.