Werewolf Rising (2014) IMDB
[From IMDB:] Emma is a country girl who left for the big city only to return years later with big problems. And when she returns to her childhood home deep in the Arkansas mountains for some well needed rest, relaxation, and soul searching, her problems have only just begun.
It’s a perk of writing this blog that when I feel like I haven’t had enough werewolves in my life, I have a justification to fix that problem.
It’s a downside of this blog that I then end up watching movies like Werewolf Rising.
This movie is like a 101 Guide to Sexually Harassing Women, which is kind of an amazing feat considering the cast is pretty small. From straight up attempted rape in the first minutes, to all the microaggressions and unwanted advances* from the men that the lead character Emma encounters, there’s just this ongoing failure to engage with female characters as real people**. It’s gross, and I don’t like it.
Combined with acting that seems to get worse as the movie goes on, a nonexistent plot (in summary: something something werewolves something), and a series of completely amateurish production decisions, this is one werewolf movie that should have remained wherever it was pre-rising.
And the ending…ugh. Just UGH.
In case you feel like I haven’t been clear enough in expressing what I think about this movie: I think that it’s irredeemably bad.
* which are annoyingly “justified” by the conceit that multiple firm statements of “No” eventually end up meaning “Yes” (pro-tip: no actually means no)
** and, yes, this means that men are portrayed shittily as well – but I don’t think that the implications are the same in both cases