Saturday, October 11, 2014

DVD Review - Werewolf Rising

Werewolf Risng
Director: BC Furtney
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Melissa Carnell, Matt Copko, Brian Berry, Danielle Lozeau
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Retail: $27.97
Running Time: 80 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Halloween is only a few weeks away, which means there will be countless horror films being aired on basic cable channels for the rest of the month, including a few werewolf movies. No, I'm not referring to the overrated Twilight Saga. I'm referring to An American Werewolf in London, The Howling franchise and the Underworld movies. This month also marks the release of several straight-to-DVD titles, including Image Entertainment's Werewolf Rising, which will arrive on DVD this Tuesday October 14, 2014.

Werewolf Rising centers on a newly recovering alcoholic, Emma (played by Melissa Carnell), who leaves the big city life behind her to take a much need R&R at her family's cabin in the Arkansas hills, but getting a goodnight sleep will be a lot harder than she thought with all the howling coming from the woods at night.

Emma quickly befriends one of the locals, Johnny Lee (played by Matt Copko), who spends most of his days drinking beer and riding a lawnmower. There is a hint of romance between the two, but then Johnny Lee gets bitten by a werewolf and things quickly takes a turn for the worse. Eventually, Emma finds herself fighting for her life against two hungry werewolves.

With a gritty DVD cover and an eerie opening score in the same vein of John Carpenter's Hallowen, I had above-average expectations for this film, but I quickly realized that it as nothing more than an extremely low-budget horror flick with a plotless script, bad acting and horrible cinematography. The werewolf suit is a cross between The Howling and a Bigfoot, which doesn't look as bad as you would think. The film is only 80 minutes, but nothing exciting happens for the first 65 minutes and the rest of it just copies from every other werewolf movie ever made. Overall, Werewolf Rising has nothing original to offer except for one or two interesting scenes, though it isn't a total loss as it is still 100% better than the The Howling: Reborn.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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