Night of the Wolf


Action / Drama / Horror

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 62%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 6.0 10 7941

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Plot summary

Uploaded by: OTTO
March 11, 2015 at 08:52 AM

Top cast

Ethan Embry as Will
Lance Guest as James Griffin
Tina Louise as Clarissa
Tom Noonan as Father Roger Smith
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751.58 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
P/S 0 / 1
1.43 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
P/S 2 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by DareDevilKid 8 / 10

Get Off My Lawn, Werewolf

Reviewed by: Dare Devil Kid (DDK)

Rating: 3.9/5 stars

A blind Vietnam veteran is all that stands between a hungry werewolf and the frail residents of a retirement village in "Late Phases" – a sprightly horror movie about finding new purpose for old bones. Our gruff hero is Ambrose (Nick Damici, far from geriatric), a brusquely independent widower who's closer to his guide dog, Shadow, than to his harried son, Will. Deposited in his new home at the Crescent Bay Retirement Community, he quickly deflects a delegation of glammed-up grannies scenting fresh meat. They're not the only ones: A terrifyingly gory first night will leave poor Shadow flayed and Ambrose's closest neighbor chomped to bits.

Working in English for the first time, the Argentinian horror director, Adrián García Bogliano, forgoes the veiled menace of his last film, the 2012 horror-mystery, "Here Comes the Devil", for something altogether less subtle. Scripted by Eric Stotze, ("Under the Bed"), "Late Phases" is unequivocally a werewolf flick (even if the word 'werewolf' is never once uttered in it), but the film nonetheless wears its genre skin loose, instead preferring to focus on the receding life of its cantankerous protagonist, shining bright in his own late phase. We may get to see the lycanthropic creatures that Ambrose can only hear and smell, but nonetheless Damici proves by far the film's greatest special effect, making an utterly convincing transformation from sighted, fifty-something actor to a much older blind man, even as he embodies a complex, nuanced war veteran who has regrets still to address, and important words still to say to his adult son (Ethan Embry) – and Ambrose, a tough old soldier who still carries a gun despite his lack of sight, is not one to go down without a fight.

After both his faithful German shepherd and friendly widow next door are fatally attacked by something big and wild, Ambrose's suspicions begin to mount. The police insist that "attacks like these happen all the time around wooded areas", the vet reveals that they have been a monthly occurrence at Crescent Bay, but Ambrose knows exactly what is going on and what needs to be done – and refuses simply to be easy prey. It all seems pretty mysterious initially, but Ambrose doesn't take long to put the pieces together: full-moon murders, howling, that rank scent of alpha dog he smelled when the intruder broke into his house, and the fact that Crescent Bay residents are peculiarly prone to getting themselves killed by savage beasts. The place has a werewolf problem. But who's the beast? Is it lanky Father Roger (Tom Noonan), ageless sex-bomb, Clarissa, (Tina Louise), affable lay minister Griffin (Lance Guest), or how about the guy in the iron life-support contraption; no one would ever suspect him, right? As he waits for the next full moon to come, Ambrose spends four weeks sounding out the community for suspects and meticulously preparing for the beast's return.

Budget is the biggest noticeable limitation fighting against "Late Phases". This means that a certain amount of forgiveness is required to allow "Late Phases" to tell its story effectively. Damici is so good as Ambrose, but he's not old enough for the part and his stagy old age makeup highlights this fact. Also, too many props bear resemblance to what appears to be glued-on paper labels. But, if these corners were cut to get a decent werewolf transformation scene, then we'll allow it. Because, in the end, Robert Kurtzman's old-school effects produce a rivetingly shaggy creature that seamlessly blends with the movie's homely feel the sort of B-movie effects that's like a welcome detour from the glitzy, big-budget, CGI VFX we're accustomed to.

We don't get as many werewolf films as we do zombies and vampires, so we're always left hungry for more. In this aspect alone, "Late Phases" more than satiates our desires. The movie is a sly, rueful rarity that plays its monster-movie tropes straight, but also gives them a poignant little twist. It uses old-school monster suspense and scares to present an allegory of the cruelly inexorable ravages of senescence and death. Besides, there's always junk-food pleasure in seeing a questionably funky-looking werewolf take the business end of a silver-loaded shotgun to the face. Ultimately, "Late Phases" is a fun werewolf flick with an exciting, climactic last stand.

Reviewed by Coventry 8 / 10

Animal attacks: God's way of helping the world getting rid of old people

All cheer (or howl…) for this brand new and instant horror gem! Every year there are hundreds of zombie movies being released and only very few of them are worth checking out. Every year there are several vampire movies being released and even less of those are worth seeing. Per year there are just a handful of werewolf movies coming out, so if you stumble upon a worthwhile one nowadays, you should really cherish it. But "Late Phases" is more than just a worthwhile werewolf movie… It's a fantastic and awesomely entertaining werewolf movie; arguably the best one since… I don't even know since when! To be honest, my personal expectations towards "Late Phases" were quite high from beforehand, because I've been following the work of the young Spanish-born director Adrián Garcia Bogliano and, so far, he didn't make a single bad movie. "Cold Sweat", "I'll Never Die Alone" and "Here Comes the Devil" are all terrific films. Of course, werewolf stories are tricky and this is also the first time that Bogliano directs a film that he didn't script himself, but still I was more than confident enough about the great potential of "Late Phases". But what makes this such a good effort, apart from Bogliano's skills and influence? Well, Eric Stolze penned down a sublime screenplay that is original, innovating, suspenseful, fast-paced and – most of all – traditional! Yes, "Late Phases" is finally another movie that respects the old-fashioned werewolf trademarks (full moons, silver bullets, etc…) without serving them as dull clichés or in a satirical way. Ambrose McKinley, a blind and deeply embittered Vietnam veteran is dropped off by his son Will at Crescent Bay; a quiet community where elderly folks enjoy their retirement and that is located next to a large forest. During his first night already, the friendly neighbor Dolores is savagely ripped to pieces and also Ambrose himself and his loyal guide dog Shadow are attacked by a gigantic wolf creature. It turns out that residents of Crescent Bay are killed off on a monthly basis, but everyone assumes that animals from the woods are responsible and they aren't the police's priority. Moreover, the deputy even literally states that animals are God's way to help the world getting of old people! That's nice! Ambrose links the monthly attacks to the full moon and promptly begins with counterattack preparations. Meanwhile, he gets to know the rest of the neighborhood – or better yet, potential lycanthropes – in his own rude and offensive style. Another thing that "Late Phases" features for the first time since many, many moons is a truly awesome lead hero. Ambrose McKinley, as depicted by Nick Damici, is one cool dude. He uses a shovel as a cane, buys massive tombstones for his dead dog, smokes cigarettes with the local priest and nearly switches off the iron lung of one of his neighbors. Last but certainly not least "Late Phases" also contains plentiful of great gore and make-up effects, coming from specialist Robert Kurtzman. The werewolf transformation sequences are sublime and the carnal damage caused by these delightful creatures is even better. See it!

Reviewed by kosmasp 8 / 10

He (still) got game

Saying goodbye to your dad (as in moving him to a home or a community in this case), is not easy. Especially if the father is still very active and even though he has a disability, is more than capable of taking care of himself. It's late phases alright, but it's also tough phases, were body and mind are not always in sync.

If you read what the movie is about, then you know boredom is not what awaits our title character. Actually after the first 10-15 minutes in, we know more or less what he has to expect. The police might not be up to the task and everyone else might think, things happen. It's life so move forward. But it's good if you take precautions ... especially if you're in a horror movie ... ;o)

The pace might not be everyones cup of tea, but the movie itself is more than nicely done

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