Hunters Moon    review by Bobby Blakey

Of all the creatures of the night I am most drawn to the werewolves. I love all things werewolves so no matter the film I will watch it if there seems to be a hint at it there. The latest, Hunter’s Moon has a great cast including Thomas Jane, Jay Mohr, Katrina Bowden and Sean Patrick Flanery, but does it bring the full moon violence I love from these creatures or will it fail to make its kill?

Hunters Moon follows three teenage girls decide to throw a party in their new country home when their parents leave town. But when a gang of dangerous local boys with sinister intentions turn up, the women are forced to not only defend themselves from the evil inside of the house, but an unseen bloodthirsty predator that is hunting them one by one outside of the house. First let me say that fans of Flanery like myself will be sorely disappointed as he is really only in the film as a cameo. He is literally there for maybe 10 minutes if that which was a bit disappointing as I would have loved to see him get the chance to expand the character he was playing.

Past that the film had promise but lags so long trying to get to the meat of it all its hard to stick with. There are so many bad decisions and annoying characters it is really hard to get invested to what is coming. Once we finally get through the unbalanced storytelling and often confusing plot it finds its groove, sort of, and offers up some fun. This comes mostly from my blinded love of man in suit werewolves which we get here well executed and pretty cool looking. You can see some of the limited budget, but it’s well done enough to have me smiling when we finally get to see it.

Sadly it’s not enough and there is a whole other plot to the film happening at the same time that makes little to no sense until the big reveal but might have been too little too late. There is a great movie idea here and had it been fleshed out with more balance and direction could have been really good. If you are a fan of werewolves like me give it a chance and decide for yourself with Hunter’s Moon available now on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

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