Sunday, August 9, 2015
Sunday Night at the Movies: Blood Moon
I was über pumped when a screener for Blood Moon, which I wrote about right here, hit the basementreviews inbox the other day, and figured the cowboys versus werewolves flick was a perfect entry for my Sunday Night at the Movies series.
How will I review a movie when Shawn and I aren't in the movie reviewing business anymore? Stick with me!
If you've listened to our latest cast, you know Shawn and I shit pretty hard on the film critic community, Interweb based and mainstream alike. One thing we preached, and preached hard, is that critics don't take a movie for what it is. Blood Moon is a movie that needs -- nay, demands -- to be watched on its own terms, and enjoyed on that front.
Is this a perfect movie? No. Does it have it's flaws? Yarp. Do you get cowboys throwing down with a werewolf? You sure do! And is that enough? Fuck yes!
For one, This flick looks and feels like a Western/horror hybrid. The filmmakers paid a lot of attention to detail to make this flick look like an authentic Western. Right down to the mud and lingo. But it also looks and feels like a horror flick. Lighting, framing, and all that other pretentious bullshit.
Most importantly, we get some solid, old-school gore effects, and a practical werewolf right out of the 80s. Yah, it's a man in suite. And it's bad ass. 'Nuff said. Throw in a couple of hot chicks played by Amber Jean Rowan and Anna Skellern, and you've got yourself a party.
And I'd be remiss not to mention Calhoun, played by the great Shaun Dooley. This is a Western hero who demands his own series of films He's equal parts Russell Crowe and Clint Eastwood, and a little Man With No Name. I wanted to know more about him, and see his further adventures.
Although slow at times, I got exactly what I wanted out of Blood Moon. Cowboys battled a werewolf, and I had a great time watching the end result. This deserve to be a cult classic, and enjoyed as such. So far I am two for two on the Sunday Night at the Movies front. Looking forward to next weekend already.
Blood Moon hits DVD and Digital Sept. 1.