Here’s why the “Wolves” trailer is like a chocolate chip cookie

A. Quinton — Feb. 12th 2014

Earlier today Werewolf News reader Rob sent me a link to the official trailer for “Wolves”. I’ve watched it three times now, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

On one hand the hoariest clichés of the genre are on full parade here. 10 seconds into the first viewing, I was already thinking “MTV’s Teen Wolf with more blood and no Stiles”. But on the other hand, I am an admirer of well-executed craft in virtually any form, and try as I might, I can’t see anything sloppy about the execution here.

Are there CG transformations and gore? Yes. A conventionally hunky antagonist with very careful hair? Yep. A cartoonish brute of an antagonist? You know it, complete with top hat and wrist bracers from the “bad guy” wardrobe truck. But in the case of “Wolves”, I think the worst criticisms any of these things warrant is that they’ve been done before, or that we’re not the target audience for a given plotline or actor. Neither of those are cardinal sins, especially not when a show like “Bitten” can commit the same infractions for 10 times the duration of a feature film while having one-tenth the fun doing it.

To me, that fun is the key. Much of “Wolves” looks fun, and where it doesn’t, I think I’ll be content to tune out. When I factor in the presences of Jason Momoa (who looks like he’s having a great time as Connor) and Stephen McHattie (who I’ve always got time for), the punchy sound design (that roar at the end is fucking awesome), the creative and well-executed werewolf makeup (again, hair notwithstanding), and the fact that we’ve all been starving for another werewolf movie and here one is, “Wolves” looks like something I would consume. Consume, and enjoy. It’s a cookie: not particularly nourishing, but tasty nevertheless, and I’ll happily own up to being fickle (sorry, “Bitten”) if it means I can enjoy the chocolate chips and not care too much about the flavourless dough holding it all together.

And now, to make up for writing almost 400 words about a movie trailer, here are some screen-grabs of the various werewolf makeups on display in the trailer. Not what I would have designed (again, that hair, especially that poor lady-wolf’s stripes), but I still dig it.

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  • Fusanoshin

    I very much agree with your opinion. The werewolf designs actually look really nice for what they are. Now I very much want to see it.

  • Hooded Justice

    I like that second screengrab very much. I always appreciate it when a wolf-man gets to show off his hairy chest.

  • ObsidianCrystalDreamWulfGod

    NO! THIS MOVIE NOT DOING WEREWULFS RITE! WULF NOT MUNKY!!!!111

  • +1 for the username.

  • Will Parsons

    It looks… surprisingly watchable. Now that I’ve seen ’em in action, the wolves look a lot less like Beauty and the Beast era Ron Perlman.

  • Fusanoshin

    Though the trailer implies it, I hope there isn’t going to be a flying battle scene. I would probably cringe at that.

  • Lew

    Being cheesier than a bowlful of macaroni has rarely stopped me from enjoying something. This is some very stinky limburger, I imagine, but you’re right, it does look pretty fun.

    And it’s good to see werewolves who are wolfmen and not furries!

  • Rob

    I think the movie looks like a lot of fun, and the werewolves look rather badass, though they also make me think of Stan Winston’s work in Skinwalkers (I think it’s the wolfman-type werewolves running around in denim), but just like Skinwalkers, they have a design flaw that bugs me to no end. When you have wolfman-type werewolves with huge claws like that, you have to assume they have big claws on their toes, so having these big burly monsters wearing normal sized shoes just looks lazy.

    Besides that though I think it looks good, and Connor looks like the best of the wolves, probably because of Jason Momoa’s height and presence, he makes for a great werewolf.