Release year: 2005
Director: Wes Graven
Screenwriter: Kevin Williamson
Starring: Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Joshua Jackson, Portia De Rossi, Mya, Shannon Elizabeth, Nick Offerman, Derek Mears
Ellie (Christina Ricci) has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) after the death of their parents. One night they are invovlved in a car accident and as they try to rescue a woman from a car wreck, she is a attacked by a creature who drags her out in the forest after injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. As the moon gets fuller Ellie discovers that looking after her younger brother just got a lot harder.
Made by the team behind the Scream-franchise, Wes Graven and Kevin Williamson, this shares some of the things that made those movies succesful: surprising characters with witty dialogue, and a plot that keeps you guessing. Ricci and Esisenberg do a good job, but neither of them show the skills that they have shown they posses in other movies. Both Mya and Portia de Rossi are great but a bit underused, something that could have been solved by solving one of the biggest faults of the movie. It seems rushed. Only 97 minutes long some extra playtime wouldn’t have hurt. As it is, the story seems a bit clumsy, jumping from one scene to the other, occasionally leaving the impression that scenes are missing, and it is a real shame, for it is a good story. Another problem is the werewolf, most of the time looking very much like a guy in a suit. It would have suited the movie, if thay had acknowledged their limitations and used a less-is-more approach concerning the beast. Less sights of a man in costume would have made it easier to abstract from the horror (not a good horror that is) but as it is, it takes a bit of the otherwise effective tension out of the movie.
During the first scene at Tinseltown, props of Freddy Krueger and the Elm Street house can be seen in the background. These are from Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) also directed by Wes Graven.
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