Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/Germany, 2005. Dimension Films, Outerbanks Entertainment, Craven-Maddalena Films, Kalis Productions GmbH & Co. Zweite KG. Screenplay by Kevin Williamson. Cinematography by Robert McLachlan. Produced by Marianne Maddalena, Kevin Williamson. Music by Marco Beltrami. Production Design by Chris Cornwell, Bruce Alan Miller. Costume Design by Alix Friedberg. Film Editing by Patrick Lussier, Lisa Mozden.
Lock the doors, turn off the lights and grab your best security blanket, cause Hallowe’en has come early this year! Ellie (Christina Ricci) is driving teenaged brother Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) home on Mulholland Drive (yay!) when an animal startles them and they crash into an oncoming car, veering off the road and down a cliff. At first trying to help the girl whose car they hit, the siblings are quite shocked when the crash victim is carried off by a wolf-like creature who scratches Ellie and Jimmy before they can run for safety. Over the next few days following the accident, both of them find themselves noticing a heightened desire for raw meat and fresh blood, newfound strengths for defending themselves against bullies, and a strange ability to howl like a bitch in heat when the moon gets full. It isn’t until nerdy Jimmy hits the books that they both realize that they have been cursed by a werewolf! This terrific entry in the lycanthrope genre is Wes Craven’s most enjoyable cinematic treat in a long time, a fantastic horror movie brimming over with thrills and chills and heightened by Kevin Williamson’s sharp screenplay. Ricci is stunning in the lead, carrying the entire show with nary a bead of sweat showing on her perfectly round face, while her co-stars Joshua Jackson, Judy Greer, Milo Ventimiglia and Scott Baio (playing himself) have a rollicking good time running around her in fear for their lives.