Howl (2015) **
D: Paul Hyett
C: Ed Speleers, Elliot Cowan, Holly Weston, Sam Gittins, Shauna Macdonald, Amit Shah, Ania Marson, Rosie Day, Duncan Preston, Sean Pertwee, Calvin Dean, Brett Goldstein,
Plot Synopsis: When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.
Review: We've all seen this type of film a million times and we'll see it a million more times. A group of people are trapped in an isolated setting where they're threatened by an evil force.
This time around, the setting is a train that's stuck in the middle of nowhere and the evil force is a tribe of werewolves. It's a generic premise that Howl doesn't do anything particularly memorable or distinctive with. Sure, the werewolf effects look good, but they don't leave any kind of lasting impression. There's some jabs at how the passengers treat the employees working on the train, but nothing outside of the obvious or that makes any kind of pointed statement. There's some suspense, but not one single stand out moment of anticipation, dread or horror. Even the characters, there's nothing annoying about them, but nothing that made me feel interested or compelled by them either.
This is a paint by the numbers type film. The spaces have been filled in adequately, but no one thought to bring anything imaginative or fresh to the proceedings. [Not Rated] 89 minutes.
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