Probably Dante's darkest film, and an interesting take on lycanthrophy as sexual aggression and predation. These werewolves aren't just feral beasts, they're lusty, even sadistic, emphasizing the hell the protagonist lives through as a struggling survivor of a sexual crime. A far cry from the lighthearted mischief of Gremlins indeed.
A local news reporter tries to help police capture a serial killer, and accidentally stumbles upon a wellness retreat full of werewolves in Joe Dante's genre classic. The special effects are pretty strong for the time, especially considering the film's low budget, but its characters aren't particularly interesting. Dante directed much stronger films (GREMLINS, PIRANHA), but this one spawned numerous sequels.
Love this flick. My only beef with it is that I was always kind of let down that they swapped the whole "urban skid-row slasher" werewolf tale, they had going on at the beginning, for the more typical "fighting werewolves in the woods" idea about a quarter of the way through. Still ... very effective! Amazing FX!!! Eddie Quist is definitely in my Top 5 monster-movie villains.
"Repression. Repression is the father of neurosis, of self-hatred. Now, stress results when we fight against our impulses. We've all heard people talk about animal magnetism, the natural man. the noble savage - as if we'd lost something valuable in our long evolution into civilized human beings."
Would give it a 2.5 if possible. Starts out well and ends well, but most of the time spent in the resort feels undercooked and bland. The way they split between Karen's story and Terri/Chris hurts both plots, I especially felt like we should've gotten more of Terri and Chris who were much more fun to watch. The transformation scenes are good, though.
A fun ride while it lasts. Sure there are parts that are a bit silly, but there are a few effective scenes along the way to make up for the movie's short comings. The acting is OK and the effects are cool. I can't help but to feel that the bit with Eddie The Mangler was a bit wasted in favour of The Colony thing. It would have been interesting to see a serial killer/werewolf instead.