“You can’t tame what’s meant to be wild, doc. It just ain’t natural.”
After being attacked by a brutal, mysterious killer, anchorwoman Karen White (Dee Wallace) attends a retreat called “The Colony”, which she soon discovers is a haven for werewolves.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Dick Miller Films
- Joe Dante Films
- John Carradine Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, the first half of Joe Dante’s “horror film/horror parody” about a therapeutic retreat for werewolves is “hip-funny, well acted, stylish, and scary”. Dee Wallace is a compelling protagonist, and we wish her well she seeks some much-needed respite after suffering “trauma from her experience” meeting “a brutal killer in a booth in a sex shop”.
But, as Peary laments, the second half of the film devolves into a chaotic mess of killings, as characters improbably stand around waiting while the werewolf transformations take place (most likely to show off the impressive special effects):
… and “something bad happens to every character we like”. Ultimately, this movie is for werewolf-flick fans only. Watch for Dick Miller in a small bit as a bookstore owner.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Dee Wallace as Karen White
- Atmospheric cinematography
- Impressive special effects
No. This film is most likely included in Peary’s book because of its historical relevance, but is no longer must-see viewing.