Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf is an attempt at an jack of all trades film that starts off revolving around the story of a rookie cop named John Morgan (Andrew Cymek – also wrote and directed) hunting a serial killer nicknamed “The Wolf” whom was responsible for the brutal murder of his little sister. “The Wolf” is best described as a cross between Gwar’s Balzac, Wolverine, and Super Shredder. After capturing “The Wolf” very early on into the film it then transforms into what I though was going to be a psychological thriller in the vein of Silence of the Lambs but instead it becomes a poorly scripted survival horror tale that comes off as a rejected video game script with a overly long intro tacked on in front of it for good measure.
Once all the parties involved (The cop, his ex-wife, partner, and a host of others including a grand mother and a little girl in a ahem red hooded jacket) find themselves gathered inside the maximum-security insane asylum that is currently housing “The Wolf” and a host of other very violent and disgruntle individuals. Conveniently, enough the high tech computer system that controls the prison shuts down due to power failure releasing all the loonies and locking everyone inside the metal maze that is the halls of Parker’s Asylum. This is the juncture in the film where I honestly felt like I was watching a live action video game that was attempting to pay homage to early survival horror games with terrible dialog and a story line that jumps around like mad and makes little sense at all most of the time.
Visually at the times, I enjoyed the movie but it never makes up for the abysmal acting and quality of its script. The first 30 minutes or so of the movie seems overly long just for it to turn into an entirely differently style of film that does not require the amount of time that is put into the cops backstory with the infamous “Wolf”. The special effects are all right and I appreciate the fact that they appear to stick with practical effects but unfortunately, the special effects team were stuck working on a project that lacked a interesting script. Many writers and directors have tried to intertwine the fairy tale Red Riding Hood into the horror genre and they always fall way short and lack any level of originality.
I was fairly interested when I thought this film was going to remain you’re basic cat and mouse hunt for a manic serial killer movie but once we ended up in the realm of poorly done slasher / survival horror hybrid I lost all hope and rightly so as the movie never manages to redeem.
For all you booze hounds I do have some good news this film does contain a very effective drinking game! Yes that’s right if nothing else Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf does have the potential to get you wasted. The rules are simple every time someone says the main character Johnny’s name take a shot by the end of the movie you’ll be too drunk to care that you are watching such a terrible flick.
On behalf of The Liberal Dead I give Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf a low 3 of 10 but also bestow upon it, the golden oversized shot glass award for highly fun drinking game.