Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Stebbings, Spencer Van Wyck, Melanie Leishman
Director: Brenton Spencer
Release Date: 11 May 2008
Length: 87 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: TV
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“When handsome Jared Martin (Peter Stebbings) moves into the neighborhood, teenager Loren Hansett (Nina Dobrev) suspects he’s not what he seems – especially once other residents begin disappearing. She soon begins to notice Jared’s supernaturally wolfish qualities. This contemporary twist on the werewolf tale also stars Kevin Sorbo as local television hunting show host Redd Tucker, who helps Loren stalk the unnatural and vicious creature.” — Netflix.com
It was werewolf weekend on the Syfy Channel so I recorded a bunch of movies, some good, mostly bad, but a few decent ones. This is one of the decent ones and I actually enjoyed myself with this one. It is a twist on the werewolf romance story where the girl (Nina Dobrev) does not want to be the mate of the alpha werewolf (Peter Stebbings). Instead, she is absolutely terrified of the werewolf next door and is trying to do anything in her power to keep her family away from him. She tries to get help, but the only assistance she can get is a geeky classmate (Spencer Van Wyck) and a Hollywood actor (Kevin Sorbo) who plays a big-game hunter on TV. So she really has to rely on herself and it was fun to see a 16-year-old girl out there kicking some butt and taking names. Sure, she is not always successful, but she makes an effort and doesn’t just wait around for someone else to save her.
The acting is quite good in this movie, especially for a science fiction/horror movie. I was especially impressed with the lead actress, Nina Dobrev, as she was quite believable in her role without acting over the top. Peter Stebbings was a sexy hunk, yet completely creepy at the same time, as the werewolf next door who believed Loren (Nina Dobrev) was his reincarnated mate. Kevin Sorbo was hysterical as the cowardly big-game hunter and, even though he was only in small pieces of the film, he made the most of his role. By having some decent lead actors in the main roles, this movie was elevated from something tolerable into something worth watching!
If you get a chance to catch this movie on TV, like I did, I think you would enjoy it if you like teen werewolf/vampire romances. There is a twist on the more traditional (and popular) stories out there right now so it is not quite what I expected, but I say that in a good way. This movie contains a murder mystery, a sexy werewolf, a budding werewolf slayer, a teen romance, some good laughs and plenty of paranormal adventures so there is a little bit of everything in it for different viewers. Good times.
This movie features a 30ish (in human years, who knows how many in werewolf years) man lusting after a 16-year-old girl, which is a little creepy. There are some mildly sensual scenes, violent scenes, a demon dog who attacks people, a man who transforms into a werewolf and kills people (no actual deaths are shown, just a lot of blood), violence and fighting. Recommended for ages 14 and up.