Little Dead Rotting Hood (2016) *1/2
D: Jared Cohn
C: Eric Balfour, Bianca A. Santos, Patrick Muldoon, Romeo Miller, Heather Tom, Marina Sirtis, Brendan Wayne, Amy Argyle
Plot Synopsis: The residents of a small town discover that something more sinister than killer wolves is lurking in the backwoods: first the wolves start turning up dead ...then people.
Review: In Little Dead Rotting Hood, the citizens of a small town are being ripped to shreds in a series of wolf attacks. It's suggested that the wolves are attacking the citizens, because they're impeaching upon their territory. This starts out as a horror movie with a message, the message being that people are sometimes responsible for horror like scenarios that manifest themselves in their own lives.
In the second half, the title heroine starts to figure into this scenario. Obviously, a riff on Little Red Riding Hood, she's a half human, half zombie butt kicker armed with metal claws, a trusty sword and a red hood that doubles as her life force. The wolves become werewolves. The idea that they're attacking, because of their habitat being token over is abandoned. The more thoughtful approach of the first half is tossed aside and they try to turn this into something in the vein of a Blade movie.
The citizens of this small town grab their guns and go about hunting down the wolves. The town sheriff tries to make sense of what's happening. There's talks of an evil mother den type wolf who will raise to power during one of the cycles of the moon and all of this comes to a boil during a climatic battle. People are seen running every which way and bad CGI effects figure into the proceedings.
This sounds like something that would be perfectly suited for Mystery Science Theater 3000. However, my brain wouldn't let me enjoy these absurd situations, because the first half actually exercises some perceptive muscle and presents intriguing ideas.
What we have here is two films - one that wants to explore a larger issue involving our own existence & how we're destroying the land around us. The other half is gutter trash. The two co-exist uneasily with one another. This results in a movie that neither works as trash nor as a message movie. [Not Rated] 90 minutes.
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