Director: Joe Nimziki
Starring: Landon Liboiron, Lindsey Shaw, Ivana Milicevic, Jesse Rath, Niels Schneider
Full moon. New blood.
When I first read that there was gonna be a new Howling movie I was sure it would end up being a remake since that’s all Hollywood is able to do these days with the horror genre. I was surprised and almost shocked to find out that this was a sequel! They skipped the 8 part in the title, but still, it’s a sequel to the longest lasting werewolf series (arrest me if I’m wrong). It is a little sad that I’m happy they made a part 8 to this series instead of a remake however, cause except the first movie and maybe one or two of the sequels, the series isn’t very good.
Reborn is about Will, a teenage kid geek who feels like an outsider at his school and also has a crush on one of the hottest girls at his school. He’s also constantly reminded of his mother’s death, which happened at the time of his birth, since his father never got over it. There is a reason why he feels different and at the next full moon he is going to find out exactly what it is.
I’m not sure what this movie is trying to be about. It spends a lot of time dealing with the teenage angst and the frightening changes a boy goes through when he’s on the verge of becoming a man. Another part is about his relationship with the girl, Eliana, who are experiencing everything a relationship has to offer within an hour it seems. Oh, and I almost forgot, there’s the werewolf part aswell where the werewolves in the world are planning to take over the world and bump us down from the top of the food chain.
The troubles of Will seems to just be a way to get todays kids into the cinemas, cause it doesn’t really go deep into his problems. Yeah, he talks about them a lot but do we really see them and feel the sorrow he has from being an outcast and feeling different? After fifteen minutes he has already thrown away his Harry Potter glasses and gets the girl, so this outcast he speaks of is not something we get to be familiar with at all in this. Eliana also goes through a quick change or character development as I’m sure the filmmakers would like to believe. At first she is the rebel seductress but quickly she goes into the very common horror movie innocent girl who needs to be saved by her hero.
Everything in the movie depends on the chemistry between the leading actors Landon Liboiron and Lindsey Shaw. I can’t say I felt passionate about them or wanted them to stay together forever and ever. What I was thinking when I saw them was that they resembled the Twilight duo, coincidence?
Most of the teen drama parts in the movie is also excruciating to watch. It’s worse than the average teenage soap opera accompanied with slow modern pop music in the background (acoustic version of Blue Öyster Cult’s Don’t Fear The Reaper!?!) which is so popular to have in TV shows these days.
The werewolf pack isn’t very interesting and doesn’t get a lot of screen time. The wolfs seemed to have two different looks in the movie. At first in the quick shots they seem like hairless demonic creatures. When they get more screen time at the end they are however done with big suits instead that looks ok (it’s good to see that they didn’t use CGI for once). One of the many things that baffled me was that there is actually a flamethrower present at this high school. Cultural differences?
They were shooting for the Twilight/MTV crowd, which probably is a smart move these days. They overdid it however and I’m gonna put faith in the kids of today and say that even they wouldn’t like this one. There’s not a lot of werewolf scenes for the werewolf fans or violence for the horror crowd. Unless you are one of the ten people who would want to have a Howling marathon, then you can skip this one.