Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Bad Moon


Dir: Eric Red (Body Parts)
Cast: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble
USA, 1996

Seen: May 11, 2010 on DVD

Reason to Watch & Review: For The Wolfathon *

I went into this one totally blind and with only 2 things know about the film. 1) Werewolf film (meets criteria!) and 2) Michael Paré (bonus!). So, yeah... the thing about going into things totally blind is that results can certainly vary.

I got a little worried when after the title came up it said "Based on the novel Thor". Thor? What's not terribly wolf-like. Especially since up until then there was no sign of a Thor. Turns out he's the family dog. Oh boy. Family dog. In a werewolf movie. And, clock back there - a family in a wolf movie?

Bad Moon has just about every single in it that I don't like in horror, including ensuring that there is at least some gratuitous nudity (why or why does this keep getting thrown in bad horror movies) and really gory gore moments. Neither are extensive, btut they are present and feel like are literally there for tick-box "Yup, we got that!" reasons.

Oddly, even though I didn't like the above mention 'got that!' moments, it's a pretty traditional werewolf film hitting lots of the marks you'd expect but doesn't really play on many of the themes that can be explored with werewolf films. It also is very self aware of the genre at times and if this had been played for laughs being in a tongue-in-cheek way or winking at the camera it would have made it a lot more fun, but it's done completely deadpan. The effects weren't that great either, and definitely used different techniques at different times which didn't help to keep consistency of tone or style. On the effects note, I would have to give the film kudos for the make up department on the gore - when they went practical it was bloody good. Literally.

Overall it's not my kind of horror film. I'd rather a good story and tension over the perfunctory nudity & gore any day.

Shannon's Overall View:
I didn't enjoy it
I won't watch it again
I'd recommend it werewolf fan completist that like horror of the make-sure-there's-gore-&-nudity variety (but note there isn't much of either)

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© Shannon Ridler, 2010

* The Wolfathon is a marathon exploring werewolf films in anticipation of the 2010 release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


Jay Clarke said...

Gotsda disagree with you there. Probably something to do with the fact the things you consider negatives in horror movies I consider positives. ;)

Saw this recently and was expecting nothing. It kind of reminded me a bit of the last story in Cat's Eye, except with a the dog instead of cat and werewolf instead of a troll.

Are you going to seriously tell me when Pare orchestrates the dog being sent to the pound, and the whitecoats are taking him away that you didn't get just a little worked up??? If so, you're dead inside lol

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Haha, at least we agree on what to disagree on! I think it's for me it also falls in a time period where I didn't see a lot of films - so I don't have any nostalgia/patience for things like the effects.. whereas if it was 80's I totally would.

Okay - that was kinda tense. But ... the 'stare off' just kind of made me giggle...and I don't think it was a giggly moment.

Ah well, on to the next werewolf!

Suzie Ridler said...

Oh dear, that sounds pretty horror-ific in my books Shannon. Thanks for the headsup. Michael Paré, how could you?! Oh the Wolfman legacy collection is on the way to my library, She-wolf of London here I come!

blake said...

I haven't been over to comment for a while, but I wanted to applaud your festival coverage, particularly of Hot Docs most recently. I just voted for the Lammys, and you got several of my votes.

You've literally convinced me to start looking for jobs in Toronto so I can go to all the festivals.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Nice to see you Blake! :)

Thanks so much for the kudos and comment. I'm not actually sure that I qualify for Lammy's though as I'm .. not a LAMB. I do baa occasionally, though.

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