Reviews: Blood Moon

Check out Sarah's early review of Blood Moon. She really likes werewolf movies. 

"Someone take me for a walk!!!
I've been cooped up inside all day!!"
Since many werewolf movies are attached to the cookie-cutter stigma in Hollywood it's hard to efficiently separate each from the pack, but if there's anything Uncork'd Entertainment (Blood Moon's production studio) has taught us, there's an infinity if different combinations to create a stellar experience for the viewer. Based on the old-timey notion of Indians vs western gunslingers, Blood Moon is only a peg in the totem pole of horror-werewolf films, but it's Old West type platform gives it a boost to propel it past most other dime-a-dozen trope movies.

The scenery is laid out as a One Million Ways To Die In The West-type loop, minus the gags that are generally used as clock-milking strategies and replacing them with reliably tame gags and one-liners. A mere thirty minutes or so only deal with the physicality of the werewolves and the rest is all speculation and story-building. It seems that the arch nemesis of the film varies as the movie progresses, but ultimately lands on the arrival of the “skinwalkers”, which is an equated hybrid of a Navajo person with the ability to turn into any animal that they desire.

Only the second werewolf film to be shot in the UK, and since its festival release in 2015, Blood Moon has quickly become a viable fan favorite, probably because it encompasses so many interwoven storylines. The main cast is a mixture of wildly talented actors, with The Woman in Black’s Shaun Dooley, George Blagden (TVs Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent II) and Corey Johnson (Captain Phillips).  Jeremy Wooding directs from an Alan Wightman script.

Blood Moon successfully combines multiple angles of what one would consider a typical werewolf film and does so with superb writing and a clean choke hold on what is usually considered normal for its genre. It's packed with layers of female empowerment in a world where they're typically damsels in distress, primitively suggesting that they key to surviving an all-out Navajo “skinwalker” apocalypse begins and ends at the hands of a woman.

Blood Moon is released in the U.S. on September 1st. 

-Sarah Shafer

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