Werewolf Fever is a low budget Canadian werewolf movie, written and directed by Brian Singleton. Right off of the bat I’m going to give out some kudos, because the werewolf movie is virtually an untapped market. Sure, the early eighties had a boom of several solid titles, and there’s been one or two gems in between, but for the most part, the werewolf flick is extinct. It’s nice to see that there are people out there that love the genre as much as I do, and it shows in the end result.
The first thing you need to know before you seek this title out, is that when I say it’s a low budget film, I don’t mean it’s a low budget, straight to video studio effort, I mean it’s an actual LOW budget film. Though the special effects are practical, and serve their intended purpose, you will be able to tell that there wasn’t a huge studio budget behind the project. If this is something that turns you off, then you’re probably not going to be happy. If you’re like me though, and appreciate practical effects done on a shoestring budget, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Too many movies utilize CGI where it’s not necessary and it ultimately ends up distracting me from the movie. Such is not the case with Werewolf Fever. They did what they could do with the resources available, and it’s a more entertaining film because of it.
The story takes place in a diner/burger joint. The employees, who are waiting to close up shop for the night, are surprised when their friend returns as a hair, blood-thirsty beast. The werewolf design may take some viewers a bit to get used to, but in the end, I’m glad they went with oldschool make-up effects, and created their own design, rather than spending most of what little budget they had, hiring a CG artist to mock whatever the last popular werewolf movie turned in. It’s hair, and ugly, and funny! Most of the film takes place within the confines of the diner, which adds a bit of claustrophobia to the experience, but it’s really not an atmospheric indie effort. For the most part, Werewolf Fever is a comedy, for people who love werewolf movies.
Another thing that may turn the more casual viewer off is the over-the-top acting. I know some people need Oscar level performances in order to enjoy a film, and if that’s the case I have to ask, what are you doing watching independent film to begin with? All of the characters are likeable, and entertaining. The dialog is well written, clever, and at times, laugh-out-loud funny. Perhaps I have a sick sense of humor, but when a character is watching someone being torn to shreds by a giant beast, and she turns to another character and asks if he’s going to make it, that makes me laugh.
Werewolf Fever overcomes a lot of it’s shortcomings by having a brief runtime of just over one hour. It’ snice to see a director working with his limitations, rather than letting them defeat him. Brian Singleton has turned in a highly entertaining independent horror film, with an energizing punk rock soundtrack, and barrels of laughs. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next. The film can be purchased directly from their website, and even ships autographed by the director himself. I highly recommend buying yourself a copy, getting a group of friends together for some beer fueled werewolf goodness.