Today’s featured film is Bad Moon Rising, an awesome werewolf short which you can check out here. The short film is part of a pitch to make a full length werewolf movie, described by its creators as ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ meets ‘Dog Soldiers’.
The film features some stunning werewolf effects created on a very limited budget. Director Scott Hamilton created the short as a modified version of how he envisioned the feature’s opening scene, and as a demonstration of the werewolf makeup. The team explain “Scott’s intended vision is for an old-school style that avoids the overly colour graded, jerky handheld camera work and quick editing that seems to dominate a lot of horror films these days. The film will also pay homage to the werewolf classics by predominantly utilising prosthetic make-up effects instead of CGI.”
The synopsis for the intended feature reads: “After a daring daylight robbery of a small town bank goes horribly wrong, a group of criminals take hostages and barricade themselves inside. With police on the scene the stage is set for a long standoff.
With the sun slowly sinking and nerves beginning to fray, the bank manager and his family plead with their captors to be released. But it is too late. A full moon has begun to rise and they suddenly transform into bloodthirsty werewolves. It is a massacre. The criminals’ guns prove useless and the bound hostages are like lambs to the slaughter.
Hearing screams and gunfire, the police storm the bank and join the fight. But the werewolves are too quick, too strong, and the policemen are torn to shreds. Seeing a chance of escape, the survivors – a bloodied selection of criminals, police and hostages – rush to the entrance, only to have the power system overload and security doors engage before their eyes. They’re trapped.
The situation goes from bad to worse when a group of heavily armed werewolf hunters crash through the ceiling, take control of the situation and force the survivors to be bait in their deadly trap. But the werewolves are cunning and survive the hunters’ trap.
Now the only chance of survival for this handful of cops, crims and hostages is to outwit the hunters, fight their way to the vault, lock themselves inside and wait until morning.”
Werewolves have been kind of neglected with the vampire/zombie crazes, so it’s nice to see these monsters getting some love. In his directors statement, Hamilton explains
““Bad Moon Rising” is a balls-to-the-walls, badass, action/horror/werewolf film. This isn’t about a recently bitten individual dealing with the curse… Nope, it’s just regular people forced into fighting the creatures. They’re kickin’ ass and takin’ names, not a bunch of scared teenagers running, hiding and crying for their mommies.
Predominantly old-school, practical prosthetic effects with minimal CGI, these werewolves are going to be evil, terrifying beasts straight from the depths of hell. Blood will splatter the walls, and bodies will be ripped apart. This definitely ain’t no fairytale, teen-angst, love story.”
You can find out more about the project at the official website (which has some great image of the werewolf makeup to check out)