Using the oft-revisited plotline of Rear Window as a base, mixing in a few parts of Fright Night and every film in which an attractive starlet wears a skimpy outfit in order to kick butt, Never Cry Werewolf gives horror fans a decent rainy day matinee flick to watch.
Degrassi: The Next Generation star Nina Dobrev heads up the film's cast as Loren Hansett, an attractive teen who's got a sneaking suspicion that her new neighbor, Jared Martin (Peter Stebbings), isn't exactly a nice guy. When people go missing and strange things begin to happen at Jared's home, Loren does a bit of investigating and discovers that her neighbor favors a full moon.
Jared, on the other hand, believes that Loren is his long lost love reincarnated. He'll stop at nothing to win (or at the least take aggressively) her love.
Enter Redd Tucker (a hilarious Kevin Sorbo), a man's man-type of television hunter who's actually a complete poser. Loren enlists him and a neighbor with a huge crush on her, Steven (Sean O'Neill), to help her stop Jared's murderous ways. What ensues is a mix of humor, light horror, and decent special effects.
For what it is, Never Cry Werewolf works. It's not a great film, but it won't leave you feeling as if you've wasted an entire afternoon or evening watching it. It has a bit of everything for fans of the werewolf genre, including a wicked "pet" that's actually one of the highlights of the film.
Dobrev, Sorbo and Stebbings all do good jobs in their respective roles. Dobrev in particular did a very convincing job as Loren. She also appears to have channelled Jessica Biel a la "Blade: Trinity" for her outfit (which suits her just fine). Sorbo hams it up with his character. This might turn off some viewers, but I found myself pulling for his pitiful character once he enters the story. Stebbings pulled of his character's sinister streak perfectly, making Jared quite believeable.
Much like many of its predecessors, the film uses a lot of humor to move the story along. This borders on campiness at times, but the film manages to stay grounded enough in the horror vein that you won't think you're watching a spoof.
In summary, Never Cry Werewolf has its problems, but relishes in the fact that those problems are what give the film its character. A likeable cast, decent special effects and a good (though unoriginal) story make Never Cry Werewolf a three star film. Recommended as a rental to light horror fans and perhaps a purchase for those who like their scares with a campy tinge to them.
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