Craven is dead, but this film is unforgivably bad. Williamson and Craven were trying to apply old rules to a new game. This type of po-mo reflexive horror was extremely dated in 2005 when it finally arrived, and time has not been kind to it. There is not a damn thing they did with this genre that wasn't done a whole lot better by John Landis back in the early 80's.
The only best parts about this film were the werewolf dog, Judy Geer's transformation and her flipping off. (lol) Yet another unremarkable werewolf thriller, Craven must do better than this (next to SCREAM).
This feels like it was written as a comedic spoof of the genre but then re-edited at the last minute to be a serious horror film. I find it impossible to believe they didn't know what they were doing. They even made the were"wolf" look like a giant teddy bear. I thought this came out in the late 90's, but 2005??? Wow.
Wes Craven's attempt here was a little bit offbeat, with a supernatural creature entering the human concept that doesn't even show itself in the protagonists until close to the end. It's PG-13 and for good reason, showing next to nothing gore-wise (except the aftermath of a decapitated Joshua Jackson head), and I feel like the film just tries too hard to handle material in a serious way when it just isn't at all.
Watching this, one gets a strange feeling that it might have worked much better if they had produced it ten or fifteen years earlier. The slickness and cgi do this film no favors. Still, Christina Ricci is always watchable.