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The movie opened with a brief and mysterious World War One trench warfare scene and then goes back in time to show a group of gypsies on the land of a nobleman. There's some kind of conference amongst the town elders who say that the gypsies have a legitimate claim on the land. However, the leader, Seamus, is not willing to give up "his" land and he dispatches men to intimidate the gypsies into leaving. Unfortunately, they are all killed by the men, and disturbingly enough mercenaries pose with their victims for a photograph. This scene is actually the scariest scene in the entire film. To see such violence, and then to be proud and pose with them like they're trophies from a trophy hunt?! The last two gypsies are violently killed; the man has his hands and feet chopped off and is strung up like a scarecrow and lit ablaze. His wife is then buried alive with a pot containing a silver pair of wolf teeth... a mold of some kind. She curses "their dreams" and the townspeople all have the same nightmares of themselves approaching the scarecrow in the field and then digging up the pot containing the silver wolf teeth. I think the director relied too much on this scarecrow dream because it repeated itself too many times... yawn*.
Eventually the townspeople's children get involved and go to the field; the place of their nightmares. One of the boy's, Timmy, digs up the teeth and puts them in his mouth, ultimately releasing the curse. He goes into a frenzy and bites the neck of Seamus's son, Edward. After everything goes down, Edward returns home in critical condition and later disappears from his bed in the night.
A pathologist comes to the town and offers his help, after Timmy's decaying corpse is found; killed by an unknown beast. Poor Timmy! The rest of the film is just various werewolves violently and gruesomely attacking villagers, and mainly, Seamus and Isabelle's house-servants. Seriously though, why didn't they let them take a break from working knowing there was a savage beast on the prowl?
It is later revealed by the pathologist that these wolf creatures are the missing villagers. He cuts open one of the dead ones revealing one of the servant girls. Honestly, this scene was a wannabe "The Thing" alien. Looked and acted like it, and seemed too similar.
Seamus realizes this is all his fault (no shit), and that he was corrupt and lights himself on fire; burning alive. The house goes up in flames and everyone gathers in the local church for refuge. However, Isabelle realizes the wolf creature outside is her own "missing" son, Edward, and foolishly opens the door to let him in. Various townspeople are killed in the process and Isabelle herself is killed when she gets in the way of the silver bullet the pathologist fires off at Edward.
Everything comes full circle when the World War One scene is explained, and the film ends.
Okay, let's be honest here: most of the characters were deplorable, corrupt, or unlikable in some way... or just boring (the children for example). I don't even remember most of their names because of how unattractive they were. ALSO, why did the aristocratic family let their house staff continue to do jobs outdoors knowing there was a murderous beast on the prowl? And then they'd act surprised when they'd disappear or get mauled to death. Talk about out of touch rich people behavior...
The pathologist was the saving grace of all the characters.
The music in this film was spot on! Very creepy and unsettling stringed instruments made up most of the instrumental, and it also sounded fitting for the time period it was set in (19th century).
The cinematography and filming was beautifully eerie. There was lots of footage taken by wide angle lenses and they fully took in the backgrounds and foregrounds when filming. Not to forget, the setting that it was filmed in was a very moody and ominous environment.
Hubpages only lets you rate with solid stars, meaning, I can't give a "three and a half star" or anything like that. I try to add in a percentage rating to accurately represent my ratings, and for this film I am rating it a 70%. It was solid, had some good highlights, but it fell short in some areas and depended too much on the "gypsie" werewolf stereotype that's been used for the past one-hundred years. The Judas/silver coin subplot was odd and unnecessary, the scarecrow dream scene was overused, and the lack of care towards the house servants was infuriating.
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