Director: Adrián García Bogliano
Writer: Eric Stolze
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]
Ambrose (Nick Damici) used to be a soldier but now he is old and blind. He just moved to a new place, a retirement community. But instead of the peace and quite one would associate with such a community, Ambrose finds that people there are dying from mysterious dog bites quite a lot. But at the first full moon, Ambrose is attacked himself and realizes that those are not actually dogs. So he decides to go to war with the creatures.
With the choice of setting and protagonist, Late Phases has all the possibilities for a really fresh take on werewolf stories. But while the idea is great, its execution left me completely cold.
It is rare to get a protagonist in such a movie who is not a fit guy (or a teenage girl), so I really liked that for once we got a protagonist who is not only old(er), but also has a disability: he is blind. And that doesn’t keep him from kicking ass at all, which is awesome, as is the fact that the entire thing is set at a retirement community.
Unfortunately though I just didn’t connect with the film at all. I didn’t care about Ambrose (actually the person I liked the most dies pretty much instantly). The film never gained any tension. The sense of humor it had always came really close to making me laugh, but never actually achieved it.
Plus, I had my problems with the werewolf design. I mean, the transformation really was fantastic and very well done but I just really didn’t like the way the werewolves looked. It was neither scary nor cool, it was just kinda bewildering (maybe I grew up with the wrong kind of werewolf movies – because they certainly didn’t look very new/original).
Since it didn’t manage to catch my attention, I fell asleep for a bit. Maybe I missed some great revelation, but honestly I doubt it.