Watch werewolf short “Having a Drink” & pick up a DVD or Blu-ray

November 19, 2014 by in Film, Television & Music

In November 2011 I shared details about a crowdfunding campaign for Having a Drink, a 15-minute werewolf film by Randy Smith. Now I’m happy to share with you the finished film, which you can watch in its entirety on Youtube. It’s also available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray for the insanely low price of $3 and $5 CDN, respectively – perfect as a stocking stuffer for any werewolf fans you might be shopping for this Christmas. Here’s the trailer:


Here’s what the “Late Phases” werewolf looks like

November 15, 2014 by in Film, Television & Music, Special Effects & Props

Late Phases Werewolf

Bloody Disgusting has some new exclusive photos from Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s werewolf movie Late Phases, including a direct look at the beast itself. The werewolf was designed by Face Off season 4 contestant David Greathouse, who’s also credited as a “creature suit performer” in the film. It looks appropriately scary with that blood and matted fur, but I can’t help but think the deep creases in the face and the relatively small teeth give this werewolf an oddly reptilian look. Still, nice work by David – this is one movie I’m definitely looking forward to seeing!


A close look at the werewolf makeup of “Wolves”

November 14, 2014 by in Film, Television & Music, Special Effects & Props

Wolves - Wild Joe

Today, Make-Up Artist magazine showcases Dave Elsey’s werewolf makeup for Wolves, the just-released werewolf film by David Hayter. Despite Wolves‘s “relatively modest budget”, Elsey and his team put a lot of time and effort into the design and execution of their werewolf makeups, and the article takes a close look at each wolfed-out character.

Elsey certainly knows how to bring werewolves to life through practical makeup, having won an Oscar for his work with Rick Baker on 2010’s The Wolfman. Initially hesitant to take on another werewolf film, he was drawn in by the prospect of designing a conventionally attractive female werewolf. He and his team spent a lot of time finding ways to integrate each actor’s human features into the werewolf designs, from facial hair to scars and tattoos, and they did a lot of considered hair work, some of which I have already snarked on.

The final make-ups the four main werewolf characters included three large facial pieces that were pre-punched with fur, hands that were tipped with soft urethane claws and a body/muscle suit underneath. “We did as much of the hair work as we possibly could before we glued the pieces on,” notes Elsey, “but we still laid tons of fur on the actors while they were in the chair, including all the refined stuff that goes up their cheeks and transitions into their cheekbones. All of that is laid on, because it was too difficult and delicate to do that beforehand.

Check out the article for more, including a lot of great photos (which you can see at a much larger size if you right-click and open in a new tab).


French survival-horror film “Cold Ground”

November 13, 2014 by in Crowdsourced Projects, Film, Television & Music

With the capering skeleton of Halloween locked away for another 11 months and the silhouette of Santa pawing at your frosty windows, you may be wondering the same thing I am: how can I get some werewolf horror up in this wintery weather? French director Fabien Delage and production companies Fright House Pictures and Redwood Creek Films have your answer: survival-horror film Cold Ground, which is the subject of an Indiegogo campaign to raise $12,000 USD to cover production costs.

The campaign describes the film as “Blair Witch meets the Descent in the snow” with “a distinctive 70s flair reminiscent of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. It will “deal with cattle mutilations, extreme environment survival as well as cryptozoology and the deadliest secrets of Nature”. Conspicuously absent from their marketing materials is any mention of “loup-garou” or “werewolf”, but one look at the poster or the footage from the campaign and it’s pretty clear what’s going on.

Cold Ground is scheduled for a January 2015 shoot in the French Alps, with creature design and gore effects by American company Dapper Cadaver and French makeup artist David Scherer. The campaign and its supporting materials have the look of an outfit that knows what it’s doing – the cast is solid, the budget is modest but sensible, and director Delage already has award-winning short film The Wild Diaries and ongoing TV series Dead Crossroads to his credit.

I’m not a big fan of found footage films, but this one seems like it’s got a solid foundation, some wicked-looking (probable) werewolves and a ton of snow. Have a look at the backer rewards (there’s some neat stuff in there) and contribute if you can!

Cold Ground poster


Incredible “World of Warcraft” Worgen cosplay by Shoko & Jérôme

November 10, 2014 by in Gaming & Collectibles, Special Effects & Props

Worgen cosplay - Shoko & Jérôme

Here’s a little something to bolster the spirits of anyone bummed out by the Worgen-less Warcraft movie. French cosplayers Shoko & Jérôme collaborated on this Worgen cosplay in 2010, for the Cataclysm expansion launch in Paris. From Shoko’s description on their Facebook gallery for the costume:

Jerôme made the foam base, the legs system, the fur. I made the coating, painting, effects on fur, the resin eyes and gems, teeth and claws.

You can see more photos of this great cosplay in that gallery, and more of their excellent genre-spanning work in their photostream and on Cosplay.com.

Photo credit: Red Nova


No Worgen in “World of Warcraft” movie

November 10, 2014 by in Film, Television & Music, Gaming & Collectibles

Worgen - NOPE

It has long been a source of anguish for me that the film adaptation of World of Warcraft is being shot in my town, and even has a production codename based on the neighbourhood where I work. It makes me writhe with anxiety to think that literally minutes away from where I sit for 40 hours a week, there might be a warehouse or a closed set in which someone is doing insanely cool shit while wearing a practical Worgen suit. The fact that these things are purposely executed in a way that keeps nitwits like me (and our cameras) off the set seems like a poor excuse, especially for someone running a web site called “Werewolf News”. The Underworld films were shot here too, and yet I’ve never seen a Lycan suit in person. If I was a cop I’d have to turn in my damn badge.

This is why I’m less bothered than you might think by the news out of BlizzCon that the World of Warcraft film will be based on the original 1994 game, which contains zero (0) Worgen. There will be orcs, of course. Probably trolls and goblins as well, and I believe some of the heavier Horde units rode around on giant wolves, but as long been established on this web site, giant wolves are 1) not very interesting and 2) definitely not werewolves.

That doesn’t mean we’ll never see tailless bipedal werewolf people in a Warcraft film. If this first film succeeds at the 2016 box office (and how could it not? Films based on video game franchises always do well), it’s likely that they’ll expand the scope of any sequels to include plots and characters from more recent entries in the game’s universe. The introduction of the Worgen race was a major point of the Cataclysm expansion, so it’s not unreasonable to think they’ll have a presence in a future Warcraft film. For now, however, the big screen will remain Worgen-less, which is disappointing, but which also means I can stop hyperventilating whenever I see a film crew setting up on the edge of a wooded area.


Upcoming site changes

November 9, 2014 by in Administration

Hey, friends! I’m working on an update to the features and layout of this site – changes that will make it easier for me to share all the great werewolf stuff that’s out there. There will be less clutter, fewer ads, and (regrettably) no comments section on posts. I’m not overjoyed about that last – I’ve made some good friends in the comments – but it’s a necessary simplification. I hope those readers who want to share their thoughts will get ahold of me on Twitter.


Lycans vs. Dracula & an Australian Penny Arcade werewolf

November 7, 2014 by in Artwork & Creative, Pop Culture

Here are two bits of fluff for a post-full-moon-hangover Friday afternoon.

Werewolves vs Vampires by Lauren CampbellThe Easterner, which is the “independent, student-run news site of Eastern Washington University”, has posted an opinion piece that attempts to pinpoint which creatures is more efficient at killing: the vampire, or the werewolf. Opinion Editor Larry Ty Holmes decides to compare the most extreme examples of each monster: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and the Underworld lycans. It’s a short piece that runs out of gas before reaching a solid conclusion, and I get the feeling it was started before Halloween and only just published Thursday to get it out of the “drafts” folder, but I enjoyed the accompanying artwork by EWU senior Lauren Campbell.

Underworld, Part ThreePAX Australia 2014 just ended, and as is their wont, the Penny Arcade guys documented the week with a few recent comics. This time it involves exposing Sydney to the full Halloween experience via a monster-spewing portal. The episode concludes with a werewolf who has to confront the imperturbability of a populace used to living in a country positively brimming with poisonous creatures. I always like seeing Mike draw werewolves, and I can confirm from firsthand experience that Aussies are the most hardcore people on the planet.


Keep the spirit alive with scary/cute “Happy Happy Halloween!”

November 6, 2014 by in Artwork & Creative

Happy Happy Halloween! is your reminder from animator Julia “Hiro” Andersson that Halloween never ends, especially when you can keep its spirit alive by riffing on a sappy tune like “Happy Happy Christmas” in a face-shreddingly cute animated short. The blood from a ritually sacrificed rabbit helps, too. Via Wolf Monsters.


Full Moon Features: Wer

November 5, 2014 by in Film, Television & Music, Full Moon Features, Reviews

WerGame of Werewolves aside, this decade has been disappointingly short on good werewolf movies, so I’m pleased to report that 2013’s Wer fills that void quite admirably. Co-written and directed by William Brent Bell (who previously made the little-loved found-footage horror film The Devil Inside, but I never saw that, so I won’t hold it against him), Wer also reinforces the idea that all the good werewolf movies are being made outside the United States since it’s set in France and was shot in Romania. That said, it still jumps through a few hoops to establish that its three leads — the defense team for a man accused of viciously attacking an all-American family on a camping holiday in France — are two expatriate Americans and a Brit. The upshot of this is it means not having to constantly be reading subtitles, only sometimes.

Introduced during the flurry of quick-cut news reports and talking heads following the attack on the unremarkable Porter family (captured on extremely shaky video) and subsequent arrest of local recluse Talan Gwynek (Brian Scott O’Connor), public defender Kate Moore (A.J. Cook from Criminal Minds) is convinced her client has been singled out simply because he’s tall, thin, hairy, and lives just a couple miles away from the crime scene. That’s more than enough for smarmy lead investigator Klaus Pistor (Sebastian Roché), who doesn’t feel the need to look any further once he has his man, but Kate is intent on getting to bottom of things, especially when she learns about the mysterious car accident that took the life of Talan’s father just the year before and its possible connection to the dispute over the land where he lives with his Romanian mother (Camelia Maxim). Another wrinkle is added by Kate’s ex-boyfriend, British animal expert Gavin Flemyng (Simon Quarterman), who’s flown in to build the case for the Porters being the victims of an animal attack. He also looks into the genetic condition that causes Talak to be so frail, yet physically imposing, but after he’s bitten by the unmuzzled prisoner during a scuffle, the other member of Kate’s team, tech expert Eric Sarin (Vik Sahay), begins to notice his increasingly erratic behavior and makes the connection to the full moon, which is approaching.

Even if you think you know where Wer‘s story is going, the road Bell and his co-writer Matthew Peterman take there is still worth following. For example, the same scene where Gavin tells Kate and Eric about porphyria, which he believes could account for Talan’s excessive body hair, is the one where he starts coughing, a sure sign that his “scratch” is more than just skin-deep. And the carnage that ensues when Talan is taken to the hospital and strapped to a table to undergo some tests, which include inducing a seizure with flashing lights, is more visceral than a similar scene that appeared in 2010’s Wolfman remake, largely because of how Bell has built up to it. As for the form Talan takes when he transforms, it may be underwhelming to some since he doesn’t grow any more hair than he already has, but O’Connor brings a definite physicality to the role that is positively awe-inspiring.

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