Monday, January 30, 2017

Buffy the Werewolf Slayer, or I Watched Red: Werewolf Hunter, So You Don’t Have To

There’s only two reasons to watch Red: Werewolf Hunter (2010), a TV movie that plays like a failed pilot, the first is that it stars former Buffy alum and Nerd Dream Girl Felicia Day as a werewolf hunter.  The second is that it stars former Buffy alum and Nerd Dream Girl Felicia Day as a werewolf hunter.  Yes, I repeated that sentence twice, for emphasis.  And science
An updated Red Riding Hood, but I bet you already figured that out, Felicia Day, who you remember as Vi, potential slayer in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2001, and one of her first roles) is Virginia, current FBI agent (huh?) and lapsed werewolf hunter from a family of hunters, who along with her FBI partner-fiancé is visiting her grandmother’s  house (Red Riding Hood, remember?) deep in the Canadian wilderness.
The werewolves, led by Canadian actor Stephen McHattie from Pontypool (2008), are a combination of digital makeup and guys in suits.  The transformations are sadly all CGI, and it shows.  Also, the werewolves in this movie inexplicably explode into flames when killed, which seems unnecessary.
I really wanted to like this movie, I have a soft spot for goofy redheads and I suppose I was hoping for something reminiscent of Maria Thayer in Night of TheLiving Deb (2015).  Instead what I got was a confusing, poorly written Supernatural episode where, coincidentally (not really) Felicia Day portrays another hunter, Charlie Bradbury.  Instead the movie is closer to Skinwalkers  (2006), another werewolf movie that suffered from a weak screenplay and wasted casting opportunities.

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