Monday, June 11, 2012

Brotherhood of the Wolf

Brotherhood of the Wolf is a 2001 French film based on true events surrounding the Beast of Gévaudan. The Younger Son had previously seen a theatrical release version of the film; this was the extended director's cut. He couldn't remember his former viewing well enough to notice what had been added. My guess: lots of full frontal female nudity.


Moria calls it "a bizarre oddity". Slate says, "You have to admire a movie that endeavors to moosh together every successful cross-cultural action picture ever made" and
the last hour of Brotherhood of the Wolf attains the kind of superconcentrated, out-for-vengeance intensity that leaves you feeling kicked in the head—which isn't the worst thing you can say about this sort of flick. heads its review with this:
"Dangerous Liaisons" meets "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" in this profoundly insane French horror movie. Plus: Native American kung fu!
Roger Ebert likes it and closes with this
The one thing you don't want to do is take this movie seriously. Because it's so good-looking, there may be a temptation to think it wants to be high-toned, but no: Its heart is in the horror-monster-sex-fantasy-special effects tradition. "The Beast has a master," Fronsac says. "I want him." That's the spirit.
It has a score of 72% at Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic gives it 57 out of 100.