Wow here we go. October. The most wonderful time of the year. Every day of October is Halloween, all culminating to the big one. So yesterday was sort of a review/argument for the new Blair Witch, but today we’re back to the old format. I watched a movie, and I’m going to just tell you about it, relatively spoiler-free.

Late Phases (2014)
Directed by: Adrián García Bogliano
Written by: Eric Stolze

Today I watched Late Phases, a movie that features a wonderful cast of cult favorite actors, including Nick Damici (Stake Land, Cold in July), Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills, The Walking Dead), and Tom Noonan (Manhunter, House of the Devil).

Late Phases is about a blind Vietnam vet (Damici) who moves to a retirement home and, on his first night, his neighbor is ripped apart and his dog is killed. The movie really just starts right up. The remainder of the film is about the other residents of the community and their feelings toward him. Ethan Embry plays his son and Tom Noonan plays a priest that he speaks to from time-tom-time, in case you were curious.

Now, based on the poster, I don’t think it would be too much of a spoiler to let you know this is a werewolf movie. And it’s a DAMN good one. We have a solid storyling, a nice emotional connection between him and his son, and fantastic practical creature effects There is VERY little CG, and it’s only used in the great transformation scene (which is a clear homage to the one in American Werewolf in London).

It’s really nice to have another great werewolf movie, because there aren’t many. Off the top of my head, I can only think of a few. I’m going to try to come up with a rough top 10 here.

The ones I’ve seen are:
Blood and Chocolate – just… no
Skinwalkers – dumb. Loud. Dumb.
The Wolfman (2010) – Could have been so solid and then just wasn’t
WolfCop – Great. Modern classic.
The Howling – My favorite Werewolf practical effects
Late Phases – See above
Ginger Snaps – So weird, and so good
An American Werewolf in London – Classic, funny
Dog Soldiers – Predator, but three of them and they are werewolves, and also Scotland
The Wolf Man (1941) – One of my all-time favorite movies.


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