Monday, July 19, 2010

Audie And The Wolf (2008)


Fear 1/5
Gore 3/5
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 1/5

I heard about this film through the Road Warriors-like tag teaming blogging duo of Mike Snoonian and Chris Hallock over at All Things Horror. They sent me a trailer along with a screener request from (presumably) the film's distro company. I saw the trailer and was immediately hooked as it seemed like something pretty fun and original. A horror-comedy featuring a werewolf that turns into a man every full moon? What a brilliant concept! So I decided to reach out to the distro company myself to obtain a copy of the film. The result? A film that doesn't quite hit on all notes but has its moments.

A reservation dwelling Indian tells his special breed of wolf to skedaddle once he catches word of a group of hunters which are after him. The wolf ventures out and is struck that night by a woman driving her car. She stops and the mandog jumps into the passenger side and hitches a ride back to her home: a mansion in Los Angeles.

Having no idea what she's in store for, as the full moon reveals itself, wolfy turns into a man (actor Derek Hughes bearing a strong resemblance to Jimmy Fallon), who's completely buck nekkid. Startled, she picks up a pistol and unloads but misses with each fire. A scared manwolf kills her and dumps her body in the basement. So starts a string of killings and dumpings in said basement.


Getting hungry for the taste of meat, manwolf scans the phone book and finds the name and number of a delivery service. A young lady soon appears at the front door complete with wolfie's order: bags of fresh steaks from the local market. An awkward conversation ensues as wolfie stumbles through explaining who he is and how he got there. The girl, being a little this side of weird herself, tries to help him make sense of everything. A bit of a crush quickly reveals itself and the girl named Audie is asked to return later with some more meat but not before she advises him to call a doctor to help him with his strange affliction: complete with peeing in the corners of the house lift legged doggie style along with his penchant for eating raw steak.

So a doc comes over and manwolf tells him he's trying to 'reform' himself as a killer (hence the raw meat and dumping of bodies rather than eating them). Not believing him at first, he grows worried when he hears some rustling in the basement. When the doc tries to leave the house, manwolf attacks and kills him, dumping his body in the basement along with the woman. But there's just one problem: his victims aren't staying dead. They come back as some zombified version of themselves. Friends come by when they haven't heard from the home owner and manwolf 'kills' them too and dumps them in the basement.


Audie later comes back and learns of manwolf's other side but that doesn't stop from their awkward relationship from developing further. She advises him to burn the bodies so that he can rid of the evidence and they can then start on a new life together. Manwolf turns back to wolf at the next full moon and they drive off together into the sunset.

Audie and the Wolf isn't a bad film by any means. I just felt like it could have been so much more. The jokes oftentimes fell flat, the relationship between Audie and manwolf felt rushed and underdeveloped and the rules the film starts with are never followed all the way through. You see, manwolf has to relearn everything once he turns every full moon: who he is, what things and objects are, etc. But that wasn't followed through with on more than one occasion as manwolf knows how to use a phone or look things up in a phone book. Minor things I guess but not following your own logic that you set out with irritates me beyond belief when watching a film. And there were a few concepts that I would have liked to have seen explored more. Manwolf used the world as his peeing spot and towards the end of the film, he drank water straight out of a toilet bowl. Moments I found funny and really wished there had been more of.

Overall, I give kudos for originality, something which is hard to come by these days with horror films. As mentioned, the film is not without its merits and has a few great scenes (manwolf gets into a power tool battle with a next door neighbor which ends in a gorrific blood bath). I just really felt like it had the potential to be something far greater.

Cortez the Killer

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5 comments:

Strange Kid said...

What a simple, and yet so genius, twist to the werewolf mythos. I'm somewhat eager to see it, but based on your review I'd wager its a rental and not a must-own.

Cortez The Killer said...

Definitely a great twist but I felt like it could have been executed better.

And its definitely of rental material.

B. Scott said...

Hey - thanks for checking it out. This is B. Scott O'Malley, the writer-director of the film.

You nailed it right on the head with your review. I really appreciate you taking the time to watch it and do a write-up. I wrote the script over a weekend and we shot it in 18 days on a $50,000 budget.

If I could do it all again, I sure would change a lot. Or try to. The production was a mess from day one, and we had to fire a name actress on her first day of shooting, and we were playing catch up the rest of the shoot.

Still, I rushed the writing of the screenplay, and I could've done a much better job at pushing the envelope, both with writing and directing.

Regarding the manwolf's ability to read, use the phone, etc. - that was explained but left on the cutting room floor.

I'm no longer in communication with the other producers on this film, as things just got really amateur and weird and petty, but I hear they're still trying to get it out there. Which is cool. (I think? Still not sure.)

Me, I'm looking forward to taking reviews like this to heart and using them as fuel to make my next film really killer.

Filmmakers often need cold water in the face. Keep splashing.

Thanks again-

B. Scott O'Malley
Writer-Director
Audie & The Wolf
bscottomalley@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Well...!

Sounds like a fun concept. Looks pretty slick, not too low end. Great write up.

Cortez The Killer said...

@B. Scott, thank you so much for the additional insights into production and for posting such a great comment. Truly refreshing to have a writer/director accept and appreciate criticism. Now I'm really intrigued by future projects that you may have in store. Wishing you the best of luck.

@Sarah, that is one compliment that I did not touch on. The film was shot beautifully. Production values were top notch all around.