For those who don’t know, I love werewolves and wolves in general (duh Chris, your name and avatar give it away). So just about any werewolf movie out there, good or bad, I can usually dig up something to like about it. The same can be said of actor turned screenwriter (X-Men) turned voice actor (Solid Snake from Konami’s Metal Gear Solid series) David Hayter and his directorial debut, Wolves, which may not be the greatest entry in the genre but has enough moments that fellow furry horror fans can sink their fangs into.
Enter Cayden Richards (played by Lucas Till), the star quarterback of his high school team who has everything going for him, including a nice looking girlfriend. To add to his list of talents, he’s also a werewolf that’s losing control off his hairy alter ego one transformation at a time. After attacking his girlfriend and killing some people close to him, he leaves everything behind in hopes of finding a way to control the beast within. He just so happens to stumble into a fellow werewolf named Wild Joe (John Pyper-Ferguson) who leads him to a town conveniently named Lupine Ridge where he might be able to learn some about his curse from an alpha-like werewolf named Connor (Jason Momoa) who leads a pack that doesn’t exactly follow the rules or law.
Things really start to get hairy (pun intended) when Cayden falls in love with the local barmaid who is supposed to be promised to Connor, and when he finds out what kind of dark secrets Connor is hiding. These things will lead Cayden to choose on what kind of man or beast he is to become.
I know I’m probably in the minority here, but I did enjoy Wolves, despite the so-so acting, special effects, and such. I thought the transformation scenes were decent and the costumes for the werewolves weren’t too bad, though it looked as though the wolves had perfectly groomed fur instead of having a wild and feral look. Going back to the so-so acting, there’s plenty of wooden moments here and some of the humor that’s spliced in is hit or miss (mostly miss) as though they decided to throw it in at the last minute. Still at the end of the day, I was able to overlook most of the film’s flaws and find the good stuff that was there which made for a flawed but fun experience.
While most are sure to write off Wolves as a terrible SyFy Channel caliber film, I thought it a fairly decent attempt at adding to the werewolf genre. Those who can manage to look past its faults (and trust me, there’s plenty) are sure to find something they’ll like about this strange throwback. Just make sure not to dive in with high hopes, and you won’t be howling the blues later.