Ah, werewolf movies. Personally love the gratuitous exploitation of the lunar challenged but it’s damn hard to find good ones. Speaking of which, when’s the last time you’ve seen a decently terrifying flick about a lycan grace the big screen? American Werewolf in London? The Howling? Perhaps the Underworld franchise? The Wolfman?
Off the silver screen there’ve been quite a few shapeshifter flicks that went straight to DVD that were entertaining, such as “Werewolf: The Beast Among Us“. Unfortunately, most were just that, entertaining and they lacked that special oomph to be scary.
Recently, we caught wind of a new werewolf film, “Howl” that may offer fans of our hairy friends a terrifyingly good time.
The interior of a train is a naturally claustrophobic setting lending well to a horror story, but for some reason it’s still a vastly underused backdrop. However, rail fans rejoice, the upcoming movie “Howl” seeks to expand upon the terror that was unleashed on board this form of transportation in “The Midnight Meat Train.” Instead of a serial killer, though, a werewolf is stalking the unlucky passengers and crew of a train leaving London. In the grand tradition of some of the very best horror movies and stories, the monstrous events unfold during a dark and stormy night.
“Howl” is the brainchild of writers Mark Huckerby and Nick Olster, and is being brought to life by director Paul Hyett. Special effects fans undoubtedly recognize Hyett as the man behind the gruesome scenes in other horror films such as “The Descent” and “The Woman in Black.” His third turn in the director’s chair, Hyett’s extensive seventeen-year filmmaking experience certainly raises our hopes this flick will deliver.
Although there’s no definite release date as of yet, the trailer indicates that “Howl” will be released sometime in 2015. ShockTillYouDrop.com reported that this U.K. based film’s initial release would be limited there. There’s no information yet regarding a possible theatrical release in the U.S., but “Howl” is almost certainly going to be found on Netflix or Amazon at some point during the next year so no worries.
Notable in this particular twist on your traditional Hollywood werewolf, these cryptids don’t look like the typical lycanthrope shapeshifter. From the scenes available via the trailer, there are multiple werewolves terrorizing a small number of passengers, and they appear to be hunting in a pack. As a bonus, Empire published the exciting news that none of the creatures in “Howl” was created with CGI. Instead, Hyett decided to use his special effects background to create practical effects, including the werewolf pack.
“Howl” definitely looks like a thrilling horror movie, and it joins a long list of highly anticipated cinema offerings. Some of the other titles that have caught the attention of diehard horror fans include “The Vatican Tapes,” “Sinister 2” and the much-delayed cannibal film “The Green Inferno” from Eli Roth. Additionally, everyone who grew up reading R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” series will finally get to see some of those stories brought to life when the film’s released this October.