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a low-budget action-thriller ... featuring a dog as a werewolf!
on 11 February 2017
This is a film of suspense and action, masquerading as a werewolf horror. In fact, there's very little horror ... and even less werewolf! Yet this movie, from 1974, is a good thriller - and it's one that invites the viewer to join-in and guess who's been infected by lycanthropy. Made by Amicus studios, and starring Peter Cushing, this rather low-budget film is well worth watching - so long as you're content with a simple storyline and minimal special effects.
The plot concerns a world renowned big game hunter, brilliantly played by Calvin Lockhart, who invites a number of guests to stay over at his remote mansion, hidden away in the countryside. These guests are an assortment of interesting characters ... and one of them is a werewolf! With everyone informed of this, the guests are divided as to how to respond: some want to leave, so as to be safe; others are intrigued, and want to know more. The problem is, there's a full moon - and soon the werewolf will be amongst them. Lockhart's character sets out to hunt the beast, viewing it as the ultimate showdown between predator and prey.
This movie is now over 40 years old, and didn't possess high production values when it was made. As such, today it looks rather dated. And as the film-makers had no money to spend on werewolf effects - and no idea as to how to create a transformation scene - instead the "beast" of the movie is actually just a dog! There's certainly nothing scary about any of it. In an effort to overcome this, the film uses an overly dramatic score - to hopefully heighten tension.
Unintentionally, this film is quite humorous. I found the chase scenes to be entertaining. While this is far from a great werewolf movie, it's nonetheless an enjoyable romp (so long as you've reasonably low expectations). It's more about fun than horror. With this is mind, I recommend it.