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Night of the Wolf (2014)

Late Phases (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 17 November 2014 (USA)
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When deadly beasts attack from the forest, it is up to a grizzled veteran to uncover what the residents of a secluded retirement community are hiding.

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Eric Stolze
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Damici ... Ambrose McKinley
Ethan Embry ... Will
Lance Guest ... James Griffin
Erin Cummings ... Anne
Rutanya Alda ... Gloria Baker
Tom Noonan ... Father Roger Smith
Tina Louise ... Clarissa
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Emma
Karen Lynn Gorney ... Delores
Al Sapienza ... Officer Bennett
Bernardo Cubria ... Officer Lang
Dana Ashbrook ... Westmark
Charles Techman ... Richard
Haythem Noor ... Nelson
Larry Fessenden ... O'Brien
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Ambrose McKinley, a cantankerous blind vet, moves into a retirement community only to learn the residents there have been dying, not from old age, but from dog attacks. After surviving his own encounter with a canine one night, Ambrose comes to believe the assailants are much more than mere dogs... Written by Production

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The hunt is on.

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USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Wolf See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson Valley, New York, USA See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As Ambrose states in the film, it is in fact legal for the visually impared to own firearms in the United States. Disabled Americans have the same protected rights as any other American. See more »

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No knowledgeable revolver owner, especially a veteran, would snap the cylinder closed like Ambrose did (multiple times). Doing so can bend the crane, resulting in a misalignment of the cylinder and the barrel. See more »

Quotes

Ambrose: What is wrong with him?
Gloria B.: He is in an iron lung.
Ambrose: Poor fucking bastard.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Bonjour Poupette
Written by Teddy Lasry
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A Powerful Release From Dark Sky
3 March 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Wounded war vet Ambrose (Nick Damici) moves to a place where people are dying from mysterious circumstances.

This is the most pleasant surprise in the horror genre in quite a while. Although a few films have caused a bit of a stir (including "The Babadook" and "Starry Eyes"), this may turn out to be the sleeper hit of 2014 when word of mouth begins on the DVD release.

Werewolf films are few and far between, and good ones are even more rare. Although Universal tried to reboot "The Wolfman" a few years back, it was hardly appreciated. The last great wolf film was probably "Dog Soldiers" (2002), now more than a decade ago. "Late Phases" now takes that spot as the last great wolf film.

Leading the way is Nick Damici, who makes a very believable blind veteran. If these sort of films won awards, Damici might even be a strong contender. Horror fans ought to know his background, too: mentored by Michael Moriarty (a Larry Cohen regular), Damici came into the realm of Jim Mickle and Larry Fessenden (who produced this picture). He tends to be the less-often-mentioned part of this team, but should be mentioned in the same breath.

Then we have an excellent supporting cast: beyond Damici and Fessenden, we have Ethan Embry ("Can't Hardly Wait"), Tom Noonan ("Manhunter"), Tina Louise ("Gilligan's Island") and even Dana Ashbrook ("Twin Peaks"). The strongest supporting role is filled by Lance Guest ("Jaws: The Revenge"), as the connection between Ambrose and the local church.

The effects are solid, with both Bob Kurtzman and David Greathouse constructing the creature. Greathouse even wears the costume, apparently. Mix this with a plot that is entirely original (with a nod or two to classics like "Silver Bullet") and you have a winner.

Oddly, reviews are mixed. Shock Til Your Drop says the film is "obviously going for the Bubba Ho-Tep vibe", a contention that is flat-out wrong. Other than this being a community of elderly folks, there is no similarity. They might have said "goes for the Cocoon vibe" and been just as wrong. Bloody Disgusting properly called it "a masterpiece of the werewolf genre".

Director Adrián García Bogliano may not be well known, but after "B is for Bigfoot", "Here Comes the Devil" and now this, horror fans better take notice.


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