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Wolf House (2016) – Movie Review

Wolf House (2016) - Movie Review

I actually watched this one about two months ago but I was so confused by the end of it, I knew I’d have to sit through it again before I could write anything about it!

Okay, I’m all for abstract and unique ideas in a horror film – it’s what keeps the genre fresh. But sometimes independent directors sort of cross the line, and then struggle to find the right side again.

Which is pretty much what happened here I’m afraid.

But don’t be put off (in other words – read on!) as there were some pretty cool parts to the film…and it might be worth watching IF you are a Found Footage fan…

I think?

The Plot

(Courtesy of IMDb, once again!!!!) Six friends on a camping trip think they have discovered, and killed, a Sasquatch. But what they have actually unleashed is something more evil, more ancient and more deadly than they could ever imagine Рan army of supernatural terrors that will hunt them until no one remains.

Note – The prick who wrote this bio for the film on IMDb actually spelled ‘Sasquatch’ with a lower case ‘s’. Okay, okay, I know I’m not exactly Shakespeare but for f##k sake guys – this is a bio for your movie (at least get the grammar right – it’s only two sentences!).

Rant over.

Switching Bad Guys

Now, I know the bio claims the group of friends end up killing a Sasquatch…but I’m not 100% sure that’s what it is?

To be honest – the guy the director paid to dress up in a circus gorilla suit probably had no idea what he was supposed to be…and that showed.

It gets to the point where the filmmakers themselves realise their ‘furry creation’ is absolute shit, and end up switching their bad guy to a much more scarier prospect at the halfway point of the movie.

Was this a masterstroke by directors Ken Cosentino and Matt D. Lord?

No, not really.

To be honest – we’d already past the point of no return when a Halloween costume arm creeps over a sofa and grabs one of the friends (spoiler yes – but the scene is so shit I doubt you’ll really care!).

Conclusion

Well, complete confusion really!

If the directors had managed to start off the film the way they had ended it – they would have been onto a winner.

Also, the special effects got progressively better as the film moved along. Maybe they got an injection of cash halfway through filming and decided to go for it over the climax scenes?

Again, more confusion.

I suppose this whole project was ‘budget challenged’ – like a majority of Found Footage films, but still it seemed to ‘piss on it’s own chips’ whenever it managed to produce something cool or memorable.

As I mentioned above – the film decides to completely eliminate the bad guy and replace him/her/whatever halfway through. This isn’t exactly a move full of confidence.

It’s more like a move that indicates that the writer(s) realised that penning a plot was a lot more difficult than their last day job (flipping burgers presumably). At this point they probably knew they had created a sinking ship – and threw any old monster/entity at it to plug the gap.

It didn’t work.

But that’s all pretty negative – and I HATE being 100% negative on a Found Footage movie…

Some of the final scenes were pretty good and some of the ideas they held were entertaining and unique (I’d even go as far as saying ‘enjoyable to watch’!). The cinematography wasn’t great in patches but the actors were just about in key.

If you’re struggling to find a Found Footage title to watch this Saturday night then sure – give this a go!

If you have something better to watch – don’t bother!

 

Chris

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