In an isolated district of south central France, the beast of Gévaudan is blamed for the savage deaths of over 100 people. As panic sweeps through the region, Louis XV sends Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan), a brilliant young natural scientist, to investigate. Assisted by Mani (Mark Decascos), an Iroquoi Indian he met in the New World, Fronsac realises the beast is in fact a wolf that has been trained to kill. –BBC Films
Born in 1960 in Antibes (in the South of France), Christophe Gans became crazy about movies at an early stage. As a teenager, he made a lot of samurai and kung fu super-8 films with his friends. At the end of the seventies, he founded the fanzine “Rhesus Zero” about B-movies. In 1980, he studied at the French cinema school Idhec and directed a short movie called “Silver Slime”, a tribute to Mario Bava. In 1982, he founded the magazine “Starfix” and defended directors like David Cronenberg, Dario Argento, Russel Mulcahy, David Lynch, John Carpenter or Sergio Leone. He decided to make movies and directed one of the three parts of Necronomicon (1994) called “The Drowned”, then “Crying Freeman” from the famous Japanese manga. Gans created the video collection “HK” devoted to Hong Kong movies. He worked for two years on a free adaptation of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” but the project failed. In 1999, he was asked to make Le pacte des loups (2001) (“Brotherhood of… read more
Loosely based around the bizarre events that occurred in the now former French providence of Gévaudan during the mid-18th century involving the so-called 'Beast(s) of Gévaudan.' The scenes with the monster tended to be the best and most memorable in the entire movie. Other than that, everything was too melodramatic and bogus.
Good premise that drowns itself in poorly written characters, clumsy editing, and a plot that goes on for far too long.