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Late Phases: Night Of The Lone Wolf (2014/MPI/Dark Sky Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B- Film: B+

Adrian Garcia Bogliano's first English language film, Late Phases, is one of the best werewolf films in recent memory and is loaded with suspense, a strong screenplay, and impressive production design. In some ways, the film is similar to 2014's other werewolf gem Wolf Cop (reviewed elsewhere on this site) in that the transformation scenes depict the Lycan shredding its human skin to reveal the body of the beast underneath. Whereas Wolf Cop was more of a nod to Grindhouse films and B- movies, this is more on the serious side and begs the question of 'what if a werewolf was in modern time?' What makes the film work is Nick Damici in the lead role. He convincingly portrays his character with a no nonsense attitude and is ready to do anything to keep himself alive.

Ambrose (Nick Damici) is a blind Vietnam War veteran that moves into a retirement community with his seeing eye dog upon the prompting of his son Will (Ethan Embry). He's shocked when he narrowly survives an attack by what he believes to be a werewolf. The community has been the focus of several brutal dog attacks that have killed several residents, but Ambrose now believes that it is werewolves and not dogs that have been doing the slaughtering. Now, Ambrose is preparing himself for the next full moon, when he will make his strike against his lupine would-be aggressors.

Another interesting thing about the film is that it uses little to no computer generated effects and employs real costume acting, which reminds me of films like The Howling. Even the gore is minimal during many of the film's quieter scenes, but once the beast shows up things get loud and intense, with the creature's first kill of intruding into the home of an old woman is highly effective. Lance Guest, Tom Noonan, Tina Louise and Karen Lynn Gorney also star.

Sound and Picture on the disc is top notch with a 1080p high definition transfer with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track (and a lossy 2.0 Stereo track as well). The running time for the film is a brief 96 minutes. Extras include a Commentary with the Director, Making Of, FX Featurette, and a Trailer.

If you are a fan of films like The Howling or Wolf, then I would definitely suggest Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf. It's a tense nail-biting Lycan tale that is refreshing in times of despair in the modern horror genre.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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