Actors: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry
Director: Adrián García Bogliano
Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Run Time: 96 minutes
Werewolf films seem to have gotten even more unbelievable over the years, mostly with the fallacy of bad CGI to blame. Say what you will about the slow-moving practical effects or the cheesy make-up from the classic werewolf films of the past, but they still manage to feel more realistic than most cartoonish computer images. Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf takes the path of practical effects and make-up, but it is in the simplicity of filmmaking where the film truly succeeds. The plot is straightforward and simple, with horror action that is so well structured and prepared that less ends up equaling more; if only the same lessons of minimalism had been applied to the film’s title.
I’m assuming the addition to the title which was originally just Late Phases was to ensure that audiences are aware of the werewolf aspect in the storyline. You know, just in case the image of a snarling wolf on the cover art was not clear enough. Fortunately, it took no time for me to forget about the awkwardness of the title with director Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s ability to effectively build suspense. Where some of his previous horror films simply lacked characters to match the plot, Late Phases balances the simple story perfectly with a likeable protagonist in Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici).
Ambrose is a blind war veteran who wages a personal war against the werewolf that killed his dog, thankfully skipping the part where he tries to get others to believe him. Instead, Ambrose formulates his own plan to get revenge on the creature which attacked him and his beloved pet on their first night in the wilderness-surrounded retirement community of
. Where he is
handicapped by the missing sense, his others are heightened. How ironic that
the sense of smell would be one of the greatest weapons for the man trying to
take down a wolf. And although Ambrose lives alone, aside from the occasional
visits from his distantly concerned son (Ethan Embry), he doesn’t let that stop
him from finding all that is needed to kill the monster. He even begins a
discreet investigation among the locals in order to determine who might be the
werewolf, all while awaiting the next full moon. Crescent
The Blu-ray special features include a commentary track with director Adrian Garcia Bogliano, a making of featurette, a visual effects featurette, and a trailer for the movie.
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 8/10
Historical Significance: 6/10
Special Features: 7/10