Saturday, October 24, 2015

Late Phases


(2014)***1/2

A elderly blind war veteran moves into a retirement community but on his very first night his dog and neighbor are killed by a werewolf. He is told by the police that with the woods nearby animal attacks are frequent in the area but this is no ordinary old guy. He discovers the attacks seem to only happen when there is a full moon so he begins preparing for the next one. Werewolf movies are always teetering on a fine line between badass and ridiculous, much of that is gauged on the appearance of the wolf itself. A silly looking wolf (Moon of the Wolf) will destroy and chance of the film succeeding. While I don't expect the badassery of the wolves from Dog Soldiers to appear in every werewolf film, I do expect the wolf to at least be formidable, Late Phases brings the goods. Now onto our protagonist, yes I said he was blind so you may be wondering how this dude is going to match up against a werewolf? Heightened senses baby! He smells him out. He spends most of the film preparing and getting his place ready to trap the wolf but in the eleventh hour the wolf throws a wrench in his plans recruiting a few fellow retirees as helpers. The build up throughout the film is paid off with a classic final battle. In summation I would say this film is a surprisingly entertaining take on a classic movie monster. As for the biddies, there is some gore involved which is a definite necessity for a werewolf film but nothing a seasoned biddy couldn't handle.

7 comments:

JPX said...

Not usually my favorite genre but this one sounds good, nice review !

Octopunk said...

I really like good werewolf movies but their success rate is discouraging. I also really like the silhouette down the hall in that picture!

AC said...

I like a decent werewolf movie too. Good recommendation Catfreeek!

7ofNine said...

Surprisingly well-paced and entertaining! (The monster was over-the-top-enough to avoid dreaded biddy nightmares.) And this might sound weird, but I'm impressed when movies utilize older actors in an organic way that's not all like "We're making a movie about the elderly!" So that was kind of cool, too.

Catfreeek said...

Glad you liked it.

DKC said...

Nice find! I don't think I've seen that many good werewolf movies either. Remember that terrible movie with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer?

Abduscias said...

Sounds interesting..