What’s this? A bonus posting? That’s right! I’m trying something a little different this time around. Basically, I spent yesterday evening watching a film that I picked up in town: 2014’s low-budget werewolf flick, ‘Late Phases’.
Being the lover of werewolf films that I am (sadly, I even have a book called ‘The Werewolf Book: The encyclopaedia of shape-shifting beings’ that lists a ton of naff werewolf films, including such luminaries as ‘Biker Werewolves on Motor Bikes’), and having had the film recommended to me by a friend that is rather good at recommending decent horror films, I was rather looking forward to it.
As the night went on, I too to Twitter and live tweeted my thoughts about the film. As a bit of an experiment, I have posted the collection of tweets in their entirety below. Please note, this contains some mild spoilers, but nothing too heavy.
- Right then. Time to watch ‘Late Phases’.
- I like this opening music. It gives me the same sort of feel as Ginger Snaps did. Definitely a good start.
- Ambrose McKinley is an interesting lead. Blind, Vietnam vet, and thoroughly moody. His dog is gorgeous too.
- Scratches on the wallpaper? A canine claw left behind in the indents? If the cover didn’t give it away, that would’ve screamed werewolf.
- I sometimes forget how long a tongue German Shepherds have. Ambrose is getting even moodier too. Excellent. I hope that continues.
- The 1st attack is down and there’s a lot of good there. The beast slowly creeping around the house was a simple but nice touch.
- The beast is costume rather than CG based for one. I prefer practical effects, so that’s a must for me. I maybe would have preferred a realistic fursuit, but I get the need for a ‘monstrous’ vibe, so that’s fine. The carnage is akin to some of the bloodier scenes in Dog Soldiers too, so no punches pulled. After that though, Ambrose is gonna be out for revenge.
- Ah, the attacks happen like clockwork. Being blind, little hints like that are key to tipping Ambrose off with what he’s up against. Clever.
- Ha! Ambrose is gloriously antagonistic. Nobody is safe, whether fellow residents or police.
- I love that Ambrose appears to have taken to carrying a shovel around like Kurumi from School-Live! too.
- Ambrose learning his house lay-out by the number of steps is a nice touch as he prepares for battle. Good stuff.
- Ambrose explaining his religious views … dark moment there, but authentic. The film is 2/3 over and we’re still waiting for the second appearance of the werewolf. Not overdoing it is a good move, and it’s let the film build the lead rather than relying on slaughter. The reason I like that is that too many horror films get over-reliant on blood and guts these days. Make your lead interesting and build up a ‘feel’ or atmosphere for the film, and the in-your-face moments will mean more, and hold more impact. Full-on, non-stop gore just desensitises the viewer.
- Looks like all Hell is going to break loose in this finale. This could potentially be an adrenaline fuelled ending.
- The transformation is less ‘American Werewolf’ and more a modernised ‘The Company of Wolves’. Not bad given the low budget.
- One disappointment so far is that now that we have a better shot of the werewolf, it’s sorta bigfoot-bat hybrid in appearance. Like I said, I get why they’ve done that rather than a realistic fursuit, but it is a shame IMO.
- Good fight scene, but a kinda hokey finish. I can forgive that though. It avoided the obvious ending too.
- Definitely an easy 4 out of 5 as werewolf films go.
So there you have it. ‘Late Phases’ turned out to be a great way to spend an evening, and I highly recommend it for fans of either of the werewolf or low-budget horror genres. And how about you wonderful people? Have any of you seem the film? What did you think? Did you enjoy the short-form ‘Live Tweet Review’ as a change of pace from my longer-winded postings? Should I continue to use them as an occasional change of pace? Hit up the comments and let me know!