‘Late Phases’ tells the story of Ambrose (Damici) a wounded war veteran, now blind who along with his guide dog is moving into a retirement community and about to begin his first night there. Upon arrival, he and his son (Embry) unload his things and at first appearance, the community seems like a wholesome and peaceful place. Even Ambrose’s neighbor is extremely friendly and welcoming, kindly welcoming him to his new home. While settling in for his first night, he begins to hear a commotion and what sounds like a possible attack next door and he tries to investigate. His guide dog (also clearly disturbed by something in the near vicinity) ends up confronting a huge beast (to us horror fans, quite obviously a werewolf) and after being severely injured, Ambrose is forced to put down his friend and guide. Soon he begins to question the goings on in the community and discovering these attacks are a steady frequency occurring nearly every month, a day which just happened to be a full moon as well, Ambrose begins to put the pieces together and try to prepare for the next month’s attack which is sure to occur like clockwork if his assumptions are correct.
When grizzled war veteran Ambrose (STAKE LAND’s Nick Damici), moves into the Crescent Bay retirement community, he’s discovers that some local residents have been dying not from old age, but from a series of mysterious, vicious dog attacks. After his own house is attacked in the night by the animals, Ambrose sets his military mind to tracking them down. But it soon becomes clear that these attacks are a regular monthly occurrence, synchronized to the full moon, and the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay has been hiding something far more sinister that wild dogs in its midst. Ambrose will have to face off against some creatures that are part-man, part-wolf – and completely deadly.Trailer Poster
I’ve always been a huge fan of Werewolf films and while like most I’ve seen some great and some bad, ‘Late Phases’ is definitely a winner and a film I would encourage werewolf and horror fans alike to check out. It may not deliver quite as much action or gory sequences as a lot of horror films, but it certainly has its moments with the action and gore and they do deliver, along with some pretty well done creature effects and a unique appearance for the werewolves. This is in no way a negative thing either as it’s more than made up for with an original and fantastically crafted and executed overall film; a piece of horror cinema that has some real heart and a much bigger purpose and story than being simply your average werewolf flick. This is a one of a kind werewolf film that dares to be something far more than your average gore-filled monster film and also a movie that will certainly come highly recommended from me.
‘Late Phases’ is directed by Adrián García Bogliano who many genre fans might be familiar with as the writer/director of ‘Here Comes the Devil’ ‘Penumbra’ and a number more. Bogliano does a fantastic job at the helm of this one, bringing some unique camera angles, long views, fades and other subtle touches that really help distinguish this unique film. This time around Bogliano just directed and did not write the film as he so often does, Eric Stolze (writer of ‘Under The Bed’) having penned the screenplay. The incredibly talented cast also helps tremendously in making this such a notable movie. The cast including the likes of Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest and a number of other talented individuals, the majority of whom all deliver solid performances in each of their respective roles. Still, Damici is truly fantastic in the lead role of the blind Ambrose and he easily steals the show.