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The Pack

 by Bobby Blakey

Shout Factory has been churning out TV and movies at a rapid pace ranging from all sorts of genres. In addition to the classic they also bring new and original films to the fans that continue to live up to their quality. Their latest The Pack looks to take on the man vs animal genre, but does it offer up the ferocious nature needed to make it work or should it have been put down?

The Pack follows A farmer and his family must fight for survival after a ferocious pack of wild dogs infiltrates their isolated farmhouse. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to make it through the night. This is initially a slow paced film that manages to find itself pretty quickly to amp things up. The set-up and story is pretty simple allowing the fight with the rabid wolves to take center stage throughout. There are some moments that felt like they were trying to hard instead of just letting it flow, but thanks to some great visual shots and edge of your seat suspense it ends up working. It was great to see a film that actually uses real wolves or dogs if that is what they actually are. This aspect helps the film feel more real and really knocks home the true terror that this family is dealing with and the possibilities of it in real life. While there is some gore here, there is nothing to over the top, but instead the type that works to sell the story and intensity of their fight. 

Those interested in this film hoping for a werewolf theme note that this is not that kind of film. This is a rabid pack of wolves, but still offers up some of the same kind of kills and horror you might get. This film manages to deliver a simplistic horror thriller story with a little of everything you want from this kind of thing and worth checking out. In addition to the film this release also features a trailer and making of featurette.


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