The werewolf subgenre has always been somewhat of a bastard stepchild in the world of horror, but what exactly is it about the cursed creatures that prevents so much fiction and filmmaking on the subject from being all that great? And, more importantly, will the upcoming Growl be one of the good ones?
Shock Till You Drop got the first look at what can only be described as Fight Club with werewolves. Director Sxv’Leithan Essex explains:
“Two of my favorite things thrown in the ring to see what will come out alive. But what I love most about it is it’s completely character driven. I started writing and wanting to direct after seeing Aliens in theaters and how James Cameron made you care about the characters who would eventually be in peril. I love the characters in Growl like they are my family, and it sucks to have to kill some of them off. But they do die some glorious deaths. I’m a total horror freak, and I write with horror junkies like me in mind, creating the type of film we really want to see on the big screen.”
The film stars Katee Sachhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24) and tells the story of a traveling underground fight club called ‘The Brawlers’ who arrive at a derelict ghost town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies. They meet the town’s only residents, the Maxilla family, who want to buy onto the fight card. But the Maxilla family’s true intentions for the Brawler crew is soon revealed in teeth and claws. Some will be hunted, some will be feed, and some will become part of the family whether they like it or not.
Dig on the first pic of Sackhoff below, and be sure to check Shock for a few more exclusive pics.
I’m pretty stoked for this one, which could also see Kiefer Sutherland joining the cast should negotiations come through. Director Essex is, of course, planning a trilogy of films to tell this story, and his vision sounds interesting enough to constitute one. I just hope we get a chance to enjoy this beast in theaters.
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