Image Entertainment – 2014
Written & Directed by BC Furtney
Bill Oberst Jr.
It’s great to see a low budget horror movie shot in Arkansas receive national distribution. Add in practical special make-up designed werewolf (s) and you’re in for a little 80-minute film that does have it’s moments.
Determined to break away from life in the big city, Emma (Melissa Carnell) heads out to her family’s cabin nestled in the hills of Arkansas. Trying to gain piece of mind, she comes across a charismatic fellow named Johnny Lee (Matt Copko) who she takes a liking to. Shortly after meeting him she finds out he’s an escaped convict but this isn’t the worst of her problems. Johnny’s fellow escaped inmate Rhett (Bill Oberst Jr.), comes calling like a hungry wolf, since he was bitten early in the movie by one.
Matt Copko definitely does a good job as a drifter who has a kind hart with a checkered past. Bill Oberst Jr. reminds me a lot of William Sadler. He’s got the same lived in face and can be unpredictably gruff like Sadler. Oberst Jr. plays the role with physicality of a gymnast or contortionist as he squats and stretches almost like a wolf getting ready to change from human form into wolf towards the end. Melissa Carnell is the weakest of the three leads and isn’t helped when Writer/Director BC Fortney has her crawling around the cabin with a fish-eye lens for way too long of time in over-the-top, melodramatic fashion. Speaking of the cabin, when she sees the werewolf outside she never even locks the flimsy door and the cabin itself looks like the wolf could blow it down with a strong exhaled breath.
I really enjoyed the opening aerial shots, which I would guess weren’t shot by the production but purchased from stock footage.
The special make-up effects and werewolf design were pretty impressive considering the films obvious low budget.
Trevin Pinto’s music was a bit redundant and the film’s lighting was too flat for my taste.
I do think the movie has it’s merits as it could easily fit into programming on the Syfy channel.