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Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound

Directed by Gregory C. Parker, Christian Pindar

Written by Gregory C. Parker, Christian Pindar

Starring Michael Dionne, Christy Cianci, Tamara Malawitz, Phillip Gauvin

Produced by Andrew Gernhard

Rated R

90 minutes

***

You’ve got to love a movie about werewolves that claims to take place in “the near future,” and that’s exactly where “Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound” is set.

Basically, someone’s going to try and ship a werewolf via bulk rate parcel post on an ocean liner, but the shipment will be misdirected to an amateur special effects / film studio. Said studio is in process of preparing for a large dog-and-pony show for three major west coast investors. Thus, having a werewolf running around loose will not make things any easier for them.

Which is actually kind of funny. And the results will be only occasionally funny, but also plenty bloody.

Redefining “low-budget” in ways I had previously thought only bored high school students could, “Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound” will go to great lengths to not take itself seriously. For instance, check out the brief romp one of the characters has by himself in the empty studio at night. That and the werewolf itself just looks spectacularly shoddy. Is that a latex fright mask that thing’s wearing? It looks like it came off the rack at a Spencer’s Gifts or something.

And what they’re going to do with fake robots by the end should just amaze you. Really.

The ending, meanwhile, is packed with fifteen minutes of the most ludicrous fight scene footage I’ve seen in a long time. It almost has to be seen to be truly believed.

The special features include audio options, English and Spanish subtitles, a director’s commentary track, a behind the scenes featurette, a music video, and trailers for “The Slaughter,” “Cujo,” “Werewolf Hunter: The Legend of Romasanta,” “Fangs,” “Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound” and an advertisement for Fearnet.com.

All in all, “Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound” was very low-budget, but put so much emphasis on humor that the lower end nature of the work was effectively covered up. It proves that if you can make your audience smile, they will forgive plenty.

Steve Anderson is a film critic who collects action figures so he can dress them up as his favorite horror villains. He lives somewhere in the United States.


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