This week from director Adrian Garcia Bogliano and Dark Sky Films comes retirement of a biting kind with LATE PHASES: Night of the Lone Wolf.
This film tells the story of a very grumpy vet Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) who has moved to Crescent Bay. A peaceful community, Ambrose is brought there by son Will (Ethan Embry) and its clear father and son have unresolved issues.
On his first night in Crescent Bay, Ambrose’s neighbor becomes a victim of an attack that bleeds over into his own home and his beloved dog. Realizing that he is not about to get help from law enforcement or neighbors, Ambrose knows he must rely on what he knows best.
What ever is coming in the night better beware – he is ready, more than willing and perfectly able!
FINAL WORD: Damici as Ambrose is the definite winner in the film! His shortness with people is actually a little endearing considering the people in the community kind of weird me out a bit. His blind man portrayal is completely believable and never once did I question it. Damici’s mannerisms were awesome and his wit as sharp as the shovel that is practically his companion.
Embry as son Will definitely has issues that need resolution yet when it comes down to it, their differences are miniature compared to the wildlife in Crescent Bay. Noonan as Father Roger had me going for a bit but it is Griffin (Lance Guest) who takes Ambrose under his protection when others pretty much cut him off.
It was fun to see Karen Gorney of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER fame and Tina Lousie from GILLIGAN’S ISLAND.
Other cast include: Karen Gorney as Delores, Bernardo Cubria as Officer Lang, Rutanya Alda as Gloria, Erin Cummings as Anne, Tom Noonan as Father Roger, Al Sapienza as Bennet and Tina Louise as Clarissa.
TUBS OF POPOCORN: I give LATE PHASES: Night of the Lone Wolf three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Yes we are in the midst of a monster invasion from zombies, to giant lizards, to dragons and even werewolves in film BUT this has an interesting premise behind it.
A blind vet is something you’d never consider when there are crazy furry creatures running about. He is not your average retiree that’s for sure but instead cunning and creative doing things I would never have considered. Triggered by the death of his dog and getting no help from the police or community, I’m on Ambrose’s’ side all the way!
The special effects and changes reminded me a bit of AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON but that is an awesome thing, truly. I enjoyed every bit of creepy, scary and bloody effects the film had to offer. A few jumps got me good too so thanks for that!
Dark Sky Films is dedicated to the discovery, preservation and production of elevated genre/art house horror, sci-fi and cult films from around the world. They have brought fans HERE COMES THE DEVIL, STAKE LAND and STARRY EYES. Follow Dark Sky Films on Twitter at @darkskyfilms @mpimediagroup.
The DVD includes Bonus Features such as Commentary with Director Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Making of Featurette and the FX Featurette. LATE PHASES: Night of the Lone Wolf was an official selection at SXSW in 2014.
If you are a fan of the sci-fi genre, or just a fan of jumps, screams, howls and suspense, then LATE PHASES: Night of the Lone Wolf needs to be in your own personal library!
In the end – when the moon is full the hunt is on!