Scream Of The Wolf: Review

Scream Of The Wolf: Review

Oliver Lawrence (James Fleet) is one of the finest Shakespearian actors the stage has ever seen, unfortunately times are hard and he’s had to resort to doing a vampire movie instead. Putting on his cape and fangs, it’s a rather new experience for the experienced thespian, but he’s going to give it everything he’s got all the same.

There are various crew members around him who all want to ensure that their little low budget horror does the best that it could. However, it seems that there’s something in the basement which picks off anybody who dares go near it.

Scream of The Wolf (or Wolf Manor in other territories) is a low budget British horror comedy which is perhaps taking its set up a little too literally. Fleet who’s probably best known to audiences for his performances in Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Vicar of Dibley does certainly seem to be in this film in much the same way as his character. Not to mention that the budget is certainly of the low variety, even when it comes to portraying the titular wolf. Nonetheless, it does what it can until the finale.



The problem is that despite knowingly recreating the kind of silly low budget horrors that many of us have seen when we were far too young, Scream of The Wolf does little to subvert expectations. Most of the jokes are delivered far too dryly to raise any laughs and most of the observations have probably already been made by the audience as well.

Besides the ever so sly and pleased with themselves winks to the audience, it feels like Scream of The Wolf may itself have had a budget problem too. This can only explain how the wolf is barely seen and perhaps done so in fear of tearing the costume.

Even more strangely is that after the credits there’s a short film which goes into the origins of the werewolf curse. Feeling like an entirely different production it may even appeal to the audience more than the main feature, which feels like a very peculiar flaw.

Scream of The Wolf may be trying to remind its audience of old horror movies, but in its final minutes it may make the audience wonder why it wasn’t done so differently.


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