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Game of Werewolves – 8

Director – Juan Martínez Moreno

Cast – Gorka Otxoa, Carlos Areces, Secun de la Rosa, Mabel Rivera, Manuel Manquiña, Luis Zahera, Coté Soler, Marcos Ruiz

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Every now and then I view a film’s trailer and immediately say to myself, “I HAVE to see that!” and Game of Werewolves is one of those films I had been anxiously waiting to see. Spain has made quite the name for itself with horror these last few decades, giving us the incredible REC series as well as supernatural favorites like The Orphanage and The Devil’s Backbone, but this flick enters a seldom used sub-genre for them to leave their mark on. I assumed I would enjoy this piece as it seemed to include live-action creatures and gore, but I had no clue that it would be as good as it is. Once again, Spain has delivered a home run to the genre.

Tomas, an unsuccessful writer, returns after 15 years to his home village of Galicia to receive a mysterious award. He is graciously welcomed back, but his homecoming celebration is cut short when he learns that the real reason for his return is to end a curse that has been haunting the village for the last 100 years.

Juan Martinez Moreno delivers a fantastic story that makes this much more than the usual werewolf flick. I really enjoy the idea of a person returning to their home town after a long hiatus and finding the town to be very different than what they remember from their childhood, and that is the basis for the horror and it builds immensely from there. From the get-go it is obvious that Tomas is going to be the most unlikely of heroes, a man who has failed to find his true purpose in life and most likely has little success with the opposite sex, and these heroes are always pretty fun to watch. The first hint of werewolf action kicks in at the 20 minute mark, and at the 30 minute mark the horror kicks into high gear. The werewolf action is simple but effective at first, but when a revelation regarding the town’s curse is revealed the horror grows 100 fold. While the horror is great I was very surprised at how funny this film is. To me it does not quality as a horror comedy, but the laughs in the flick are plentiful and at times I found myself literally laughing out loud at the simple but very effective humor.

Moreno also serves as the film’s director and he does a great job at bringing his story to life. Gorca Otxoa was fantastic as Tomas and the chemistry between main characters, which include both his publisher and his former best friend who still resides in Galicia, was incredible and a big reason behind the film’s hilarious humor. Colorful characters adorn the story and Moreno did a great job in finding just the right actors to portray the roles, and this is a big reason behind why even the smallest of characters were highly enjoyable. The execution of the horror is another amazing positive of the film and I can see Moreno succeeded in the future with the genre. He provides excellent tension and his werewolf action is highly enjoyable thanks to live action werewolves and solid gore. There is a small amount of CGI used during the horror scenes but it was minimal and did not detriment from the action – the same cannot be said for The Wolfman and Van Helsing though.

Overall, Game of Werewolves is the best werewolf film I have seen in a long time and the best of the modern day werewolf flicks. The story is awesome and provides not only good horror but solid laughs as well that do not ruin the film’s focus. Moreno proves himself as a solid genre direction with good werewolf action and effective kills, giving us one of the best horror films of the year.

Rating: 8/10

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  1. September 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’ll look out for this one. Thanks. 🙂

  2. October 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Big fan of REC too. Also a big fan of horror comedies. Just searched for this on my rental service only to get no matches. Was a bit down for a moment, then realised that it’s called “Attack Of The Werewolves” over here and it actually IS available for me to rent. YAY! This is one that would have completely passed me by if it weren’t for you. Keep up the good work! 😀

    • October 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Awesome! I’m glad you were able to come across this gem. It is definitely one of my favorite horror films of the year. Thanks for reading.

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