Craig J. Clark — Oct. 15th 2016
Faithful readers of this blog are well aware that 2006 was not a stellar year for werewolf films. Between the turgid Underworld: Evolution, the substandard The Feeding, and the abysmal Curse of the Wolf, it has a lot to overcome. Which is why it’s such a surprise that Big Bad Wolf, which came out ten years ago this month, kinda works. I know I wouldn’t have expected too much from a movie about a group of college kids who drive up to a cabin in the woods to party and fall victim to, as Netflix describes it, “a vicious werewolf that rapes, murders and cracks bad jokes.”
For one thing, it helps that writer/director Lance W. Dreesen dispenses with the “teens partying in the woods” angle after the first 30 minutes and concentrates on the cat and mouse between the two survivors — timid Derek (Trevor Duke) and tough girl Sam (Kimberly J. Brown) — and the man they suspect of being the werewolf, namely Derek’s stepfather Mitchell (Richard Tyson), whose last name is Toblat because Dreesen apparently didn’t feel like being too subtle about it. As it turns out, Derek’s estranged uncle Charlie (Christopher Shyer) has also had his suspicions about Mitchell ever since Derek’s father died from an animal attack while on a hunting expedition in Cameroon, but getting the proof they need is harder than it looks, especially since the wolf has a way of coming out whenever Mitchell is roused to anger or just plain aroused. This leads to some pretty awkward scenes for all concerned (and a bit more hand-wringing than is absolutely necessary when Sam has to resort to drastic measures to get the DNA sample they need), but all roads lead back to the cabin on Bear Mountain for the final showdown between man and beast.
Genre fans looking for some creative bloodletting won’t walk away from Big Bad Wolf disappointed (although there is one scene that may cause those of the male persuasion to cross their legs in discomfort). And there are a couple of nice cameos from Clint Howard (as the requisite local who warns the kids away from the cabin) and a noticeably paunchy David Naughton (as the sheriff who believes Derek and Sam are holding back, but doesn’t feel obligated to press them on the matter). If only Dreesen had resisted the temptation to have his furry villain quote from a certain story about a wolf and some little pigs…
A. Quinton — Oct. 13th 2016
This Kickstarter project is to fund a high-quality artist edition collection of the full color illustrations from Cycle of the Werewolf as a print set, along with a book collecting the Black and White illustrations and never-before printed concept and process sketches.
This campaign is less than two days old and it’s already raised over $45,000 against a $12,000 goal, with many of its limited quantity higher-tier rewards quickly on the way to being sold out. Those extra rewards include a 2017 calendar, a 1984 calendar(!), a t-shirt, and a special boxed set of prints featuring a real (inert) silver bullet and original hand-drawn Cycle of the Werewolf art from Bernie’s archives. Some images of the 2017 calendar reward and Bernie’s concept sketches are below.
The campaign ends on November 11th, and Nakatomi, Inc is optimistic that they can have backer rewards in the mail in time for those 2017 calendars to be hung on walls by January 1st.
I resisted the PCS Howling statue pre-order, but my financial restraint has crumbled. Cycle of the Werewolf stands with An American Werewolf in London and The Real Ghostbusters Now Comics #5 as a catalyst for a young AQ’s werewolf fandom. I simply can’t ignore the chance to own such high-quality editions of this artwork.
Thanks to Doruk G. for telling me about this!
A. Quinton — Oct. 12th 2016
If you’re in the Nashville area on October 24th, you’re invited to attend the premiere screening of “Hair of the Dog”, a short film about werewolves, addiction, and recovery.
I first heard about Hair of the Dog when its creator, Michael Butts, contacted me with some gross, funny and extremely well-done teasers last year. I loved what I saw so I’ve covered the project more than any other werewolf indie film (except for WolfCop), including an interview with Michael, posts on additional teasers and werewolf makeup, and a related music video by Sleep Nation. I’m happy to share a new Sleep Nation track named after the film’s old title, “I’m a Werewolf, But That’s Ok”, and I’m delighted that the project is nearing completion.
I can’t make it to the premiere, but Michael’s given me the go-ahead to invite all of you! It’ll be standing room only, but you can get in for free. Say hi to Michael for me!
Malco Smyrna Cinema
100 Movie Row, Smyrna, TN 37167
Doors open at 6:30PM and the film will start at 7PM
A. Quinton — Oct. 11th 2016
That stunning two-foot-tall statue of The Howling‘s Eddie Quist from Pop Culture Shock is now available for pre-order from a variety of sources, but if you’re gonna get it, you’d be crazy not to get it direct from PCS. Their exclusive version has the same sticker price as other sites – $474.99 USD – but it comes with an alternate head (jaws closed, which is cool to see) and one of Eddie Quist’s smiley-face stickers. Plus, if you pay in full up front, you get 15% off.
Here are eight photos showing the werewolf statue’s different angles and details. For another 19(!) photos and more details, visit PCS. There are only 300 of this edition available, so act fast!
A. Quinton — Oct. 7th 2016
Now that the 10th month of the year is upon us, it’s time for Inktober, the self-directed month-long art jam that illustrators, painters, doodlers and artists of all types undertake as a daily practice. There’s an official site, but no one in my Twitter feed adheres to its seasonally agnostic list of prompts.
Every participant I know uses Inktober as an excuse to get even deeper into the spirit of Halloween and seems to be referencing one of multiple shared spooky daily prompt guides. It’s like Draw A Werewolf Day, every day!
Collected here in one place are 53 pieces of werewolf art I found on Twitter and Instagram, selected from this Inktober’s first seven days. Enjoy, and make sure you let the artists know you like their work!
The feature image on this post is a cropped segment of a piece by Camille Alaras.
— victor bijl (@vicbijl) October 1, 2016
— Eduardo Maqueda (@EduardoMaqueda) October 1, 2016
— Angel Rivers (@Riversaur) October 1, 2016
— Rick Pinchera (@rpinchera) October 1, 2016
— Spooby (@Rohnsonillu) October 2, 2016
— Rockee Newcomb (@heyrockee) October 2, 2016
— Str-ENGER things 💡 (@so_engery) October 3, 2016
— Anstapa Solivagus (@fourbeasts1313) October 4, 2016
— Samuel Washburn (@samuelwashburn) October 4, 2016
— iNSPIRE • ifckr (@ifckr) October 4, 2016
— abbie baKILLya (@abbie_k) October 4, 2016
— Princeso Esmeralda (@RoItsSomething) October 4, 2016
— Spooky David 👻 (@daviddoodlez) October 5, 2016
— Sam Wood NYCC roamin (@ArtOfSamWood) October 5, 2016
— Beth H (@Cat_Chunks) October 5, 2016
— Story (@TheStory137) October 5, 2016
— Erica Fustero (@ericafustero) October 5, 2016
— grave (@queengrace1997) October 5, 2016
— Pernille Ørum (@Pernilleoe) October 5, 2016
— Str-ENGER things 💡 (@so_engery) October 5, 2016
— Jeniak (@JJENIAC) October 5, 2016
— Jordi Pascual Garcia (@jordibuixos) October 5, 2016
— Matty Mo (@mattymo83) October 5, 2016
— 🎃JackECH💀 (@Jakkarrott) October 5, 2016
— Twodee Weaver (@twodeeweaver) October 6, 2016
— Emily Lampson (@Hellpug) October 6, 2016
— Claire P. Umpkin 🎃 (@storysafari) October 6, 2016
— Haley Friedmann (@HaleyFriedmann) October 6, 2016
— Monster Mashleigh🎃 (@mustashleigh) October 6, 2016
Day 6. [wolfman] #inktober2016 #inktober #drawlloween #drawlloween2016 #kuretakeinktober2016 #manuscriptinktober2016 #mabsdrawlloweenclub #イラスト #illustration #illustrator #drawing #sketch #dibujo #ink #sketching #art #penandink #artistofinstagram #sketchbook #notebook #pakoart #dailysketch #sketchaday #everydayidraw
— Marlabun🐰🔥 (@m0rla_) October 6, 2016
— Daniel (@NvmWhoCares) October 6, 2016
— louizeme (@_Louizeme) October 6, 2016
— Kate Derrick (@KateDerrick) October 6, 2016
— Str-ENGER things 💡 (@so_engery) October 6, 2016
— mike smith (@deadcertmike) October 6, 2016
— Niall Byrne (@Phoenix_tweetin) October 6, 2016
— Vectorink (@_VectorInk) October 6, 2016
— Rock Lim (@dieselrobot) October 7, 2016
— Erin Barker (@hooraylorraine) October 7, 2016
— Christopher Owen Art (@cowenart731) October 7, 2016
A. Quinton — Oct. 5th 2016
It might sound like the punchline of a “can you believe what kids are reading these days” joke, but Werewolves Vs. Dinosaurs is a real thing – a 32-page one-shot comic from American Mythology that you can buy with less than four dollars of your money and read on your screen. It’s written by mystery author Eric Dobson and painted by artist Chris Scalf (Star Wars, Godzilla). And it actually did originate from a story that started as a goof between a kid and his father.
Scalf explains in the press release posted by Horror Society’s Comic Crypt:
My son is a big rail fan and loves going on trips to distant towns to visit rail lines. I myself am a comic/sci-fi fan, I would always wonder out loud if there were in any comic shops in any of these towns… We kidded around about the need for my sci fi/monster interests to coincide with his train hobby in a comic book— something like “Werewolves in a train.” This led me to doing a mock pulp cover for said comic. Eric Dobson, a friend who is also a great writer, saw it, and wanted to write a story around it.
The story is not complicated, nor does it use the titular creatures to any particular effect – any two fearsome monsters would do, I think – but to expect more from it is to overlook its whimsical origins. Werewolves Vs. Dinosaurs is the ultimate “let’s pretend” bed time story for kids: the bad guys are literal men in black, the deaths are scary but bloodless, the Saturday morning cartoon mythology tops itself on every page, and the monsters are rendered in twice the details of their human prey.
Look. In this comic a werewolf puts a velociraptor in a headlock. If you can’t meet something like this halfway, you’re probably reading the wrong web site.
A. Quinton — Sep. 28th 2016
Here’s a first look at the upcoming 1:4 “The Howling” werewolf statue from PCS Collectibles, fresh out of their email newsletter (which I almost deleted out-of-hand because it led with another Street Fighter II statue instead of this beauty).
If there was a “Mount Rushmore” of cinematic werewolves, three portraits would be carved into it: Larry Talbot by Jack Pierce, David Kessler by Rick Baker and Eddie Quist by Rob Bottin. The first two have been merchandised in the past, but now, for the first time ever, PCS Collectibles is proud to present a 1:4 scale statue of Bottin’s seminal creature work from The Howling.
This gorgeous 24″ polystone statue captures Eddie Quist at his best, and will be available for pre-order at 3PM PST on Monday, October 10th. It’ll come in two versions, both priced at $474.99 USD:
- the retail version, which will be limited to an unknown quantity, available through channels like Diamond and Sideshow Collectibles.
- the PCS exclusive, limited to 300 pieces, available only through the PCS web site, and apparently exactly the same as the retail version except for the addition of a second, swappable head.
Here’s a (weirdly composited?) image from PCS showing the statue’s scale. Bloody Disgusting has an “exclusive” photo from an alternate angle, too. This thing looks incredible!
A. Quinton — Sep. 23rd 2016
The fact that he deputized me as an official WolfCop officer (with a badge and everything) is the only reason I’ll ever forgive writer/director Lowell Dean for not calling the WolfCop sequel “WolfCopier”. I will admit the actual title, Another WolfCop, is apropos, especially when rendered in the style of a hard-boiled cop thriller. God knows the original had enough schlocky 80’s cops & crooks satire to own that look. However, like its predecessor, this Canadian horror-comedy doesn’t take itself too seriously.
After saving Woodhaven from a gang of evil reptilian shapeshifters, alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou is finding it hard to keep a low profile. Instead, he roams the street at night, gleefully and violently disposing of criminals and stealing boxes of Liquor Donuts causing all sorts of problems for his former-partner-turned-chief Tina.
Horror Society also got the scoop on the first official photos from the production, revealing an armed and dangerous Tina, Lou and Willie. I was surprised (and delighted) to see this particular lineup back for the sequel, considering the events of the first film, and when it comes out, I’ll be excited to watch it in a theatre that will sell me a beer to drink at the same time.
Hit up Horror Society for the rest of the photos, including an uncomfortably close close-up banner of Lou.
A. Quinton — Sep. 22nd 2016
Elizabeth Ho and Alastair Duncan star in Prey, a short horror movie by Matt Yang King and top 15 semi-finalist in the You Offend Me You Offend My Family channel’s “Interpretations 2.0” contest. The two main rules of the contest seem to be “maximum 3 minute length” and “interpret this tiny four-line script we’ve given you”.
You probably don’t need all that context to enjoy the great practical werewolf transformation makeup and effects! I particularly like the close-ups on the hands and the fur growth.
Thanks to Somnilux for the link.
A. Quinton — Sep. 21st 2016
A great new Image comic written by Brian Azzarello and drawn & coloured by Eduardo Risso comes out in two weeks. You might recognize those names from a little work they did for Vertigo a while back – the legendary, multiple-award-winning 100 Bullets. Not satisfied with defining a genre for a decade, these two Crime Boys are back with Moonshine, a comic that should interest fans of werewolves, backwoods hooch and pinstriped suits.
Set during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, MOONSHINE #1 tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt. What Lou doesn’t figure on is that Holt is just as cunning and ruthless as any NYC crime boss. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he’ll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret…a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day… or better still, the light of the full moon.
Moonshine #1 hits shelves on October 5th, but there’s already a glowing review from Benjamin Bailey on Nerdist:
The setup of Moonshine is a crossover of two genres. On one hand, you have a prohibition-era gangster tale and on the other. you have a werewolf horror story. Set in backwoods of West Virginia, Moonshine captures the creepiness of a backwards small town perfectly. The story feels small and intimate, but the landscape is vast and the lore is even bigger. By the end of this first issue, you’ll be hooked into this world hard. Nothing is what it seems and death is awaiting around every corner.
I’m sold! Thanks to TallyDude on Twitter for the heads-up. You can read the first four pages of Moonshine #1 below.