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December 2009

Curse Of The Wolf

cast: Lanny Pofo, Darian Caine, Brian Heffron, Pamela Sutch, and Renee Porada

writer and director: Len Kabasinski

105 minutes (18) 2006
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Brain Damage DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 6/10
review by Sandra Scholes

Curse Of The Wolf

Another Brain Damage title that shows promise, Curse Of The Wolf tells of a woman, Dakota (Renee Purada) going through a problem controlling her inner aggressive nature. After consulting a vet on the internet, where she discusses canine behaviour and how to control it, she takes his advice but it isn't for a dog - it's for her. Dakota has another problem in her life when the werewolf gang she is a part of are out to find her at a time when she wants to leave them and take control of her life.

James (Alex Bolla), Michael (Todd Humes), and Franklin (Brian Heffron), in the pack can't convince her otherwise, even though her decision to leave them is her identifying who she really wants to be rather than settling for her fate as a werewolf. The pack sees her as denying her true animal nature and might actually see her as an enemy if she refuses to stay with the pack.

When she has been captured, she manages to release herself and flees the scene making a new life working at a veterinary surgery, where she has access to a plentiful supply of the serum she needs to stop her transformation and keep her inner werewolf nature at bay.

The transformation is interesting to watch as is the sequence when one of the women changes while she is in the forest (fangs protruding from her mouth, though no snout is shown jutting outward as it would if she were a real wolf) shows the originality of the movie. Though the moment when Dakota injects herself with the needles filled with antidote would have looked more convincing if the protective pads underneath couldn't have been seen.

The fight choreography in Curse Of The Wolf is decent enough and more slowed down than it would be in a general martial arts movie, and portrays Dakota in the female protective role and heroine of the story out for revenge, but also kind enough to help those she thinks are innocent. It is a fast-paced movie well worth a look, with Dakota being the protagonist in a role reversal of the horror genre.

As part of the extras on this movie there are trailers for other titles in the series such as Awaken The Dead, Taste Of Flesh, Hell House, and Fist Of The Vampire.



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