I was exposed by thoughtful horror vlogger
with an arresting scene the movie so annoyingly doesn’t live up to. He points out that its less a werewolf movie as it is a take off the then popular slasher genre and of course the quiet town with a dark underbelly in Maine
First the set up, the Novella follows a year of grisly murders building throughout the town with no culprit but lots of victims happening each
night month around the full moon. These follow the slasher formula from jerkass, to fallen to brat and so on. Each month a new killing. Tensions rise up. Who could be the killer? Or Killers? Why do they choose their targets?
See things build up until this ONE scene. damnit its…okay I find it sexy and funny and kind of yikes.
See with each body their is an attendent community reaction from obligatory funeral to rumors to ragging at the police and people move or disappear and so on. people urged to stay in, and more
Then some people form a mob and try to attack at the swamp where someone saw SOMETHING. They attack but get ambushed and some die
Cut to the funeral of the three. There is this… energy to the scene as the congregation sings. Then the priest speaks up trying to find comfort, visibly…perturbed but repressing something. Then one man speaks out, the father of the most recent victim. Wetly he yells how the victims were ‘torn apart’
“There is no grace… only Prrrivate Justice”
The congregation turns tothe priest, the music and sound changes. hey was he always that hairy, he’s bald right?
Those eyes… the… the teeth and his chest the shirt is… THE HAIR
Only its NOT just him! Everyone else who was swaying and sort of egging on the disruption. hungrily or defiantly or just insincerely participating seems to swell and contort and sway and well
THE ENTIRE FUCKING CONGREGATION morphs to the stunned sweating horror of the priest. The howls are a call for bloodshed, violence and just abandonment of social norms and virtue to be beasts and
look it just WORKS. And even in montage you can feel it. The thunder flashes the lights change.
Just the implication. some are dying but everyone is catching it. Just a little at a time its why they get so much more violent and eager. Its not one crazed killer. his madness infected everyone until critical mass and the town becomes kennel of uninhibited animal rage and sensual intensity and…
ITS A FUCKING DREAM SEQUENCE… that also RUINS any tension for “guess who the killer is” and so on.
But seriously that scene is inspirational. moreso as followed up in another sequence where someone looks for someone with a corresponding wound for the werewolf later and it gets more clear its as the moon raises up the beast but its always there devouring the man until only a monster remains.
Seriously think about using something like THAT for a story here. Obviously not a sexual snuff but maybe an attack or a disappearance
Then afterwards repeats, but some cops (there is a small town sheriff) think maybe a copycat. Maybe travelling trafficker or narco or something. But the town itself changes. the effect on the people. The energy. Survivors leave, others turn from vanishingly small timid to viscious and sullen and seem… more severe with animal urges and magnetism unscoring more and more.
Until it turns out EVERYONE is the killer/beast attacker. Just ad something sexual to it. Maybe vignettes of ruttings in the woods, POVs of attacks. Dark dreams and visions, blackouts. Odd changes in moods and drives and senses.