Last week Universal Home Entertainment released its latest creature feature, Werewolf: A Beast Among Us, onto Blu-ray and DVD everywhere, and to mark the occasion, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with one of the flick’s co-stars, Adam Croasdell.
Directed by Louis Morneau, Werewolf: A Beast Among Us also stars Stephen Rea, Steven Bauer, Guy Wilson and Ed Quinn. During our interview with Croasdell, we heard more from him on what attracted him to the project, his experiences shooting the film in Transylvania and more.
Check out the highlights from our interview with Croasdell, and look for more on Werewolf: A Beast Among Us soon!
Dread Central: So how did you get involved with this project? It seems like you guys had fun making this- had you always wanted to take on werewolves in a movie?
Adam Croasdell: Oh yes, it was a lot of fun! But I’ve known the writer, Catherine Cyran, for some time, and she mentioned to me that Universal was working on a Werewolf reboot and wanted to see if I was interested in getting involved.
When I got the script and read the character of Stefan, I thought he was so much fun because he’s this badass lothario guy, and it’s hard to resist characters like that because you always get a lot of stereotypical heroes and villains these days. I also felt like there was room for an arc with Stefan, and since I had also never done a horror film before, it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Universal horror stable. But I just really loved Stefan’s foppishness. So great.
Dread Central: Did you add any of your own touches to the character of Stefan then, or did you stick mostly to how Catherine wrote him?
Adam Croasdell: A lot of Stefan was already in the script – the knives, his strength and his swiftness – so I had to just mentally prepare for all of that. The costume really helped me get inside this guy’s head- it has sort of this ‘steampunk’ look to it so I guess that helped me feel a bit more badass.
What was interesting for me was that at the start, it was always talked of Stefan being an Englishman during the casting process so I was sort of preparing for that, but when I got to Romania, there had been a bit of a change and they wanted him to be American so that he had more of a firm connection with the other hunters. The lines seemed to work for an English fop, but when I tried doing it as an American, it just didn’t work at all. So I had to take it to the producers and director and told them we’d being doing the movie a disservice by not making Stefan English because he would be completely unbelievable. Thankfully they agreed, and that’s the way it went.
Dread Central: How was it shooting in Romania?
Adam Croasdell: You know, it was actually my second time in Romania, and I always enjoy working over there because I find that the Romanians are incredibly friendly and hospitable people. The crew we had on Werewolf was amazing, too- they are all so talented at their jobs and it shows because the movie looks amazing. We were in Transylvania last October, and at the time we were there shooting key scenes, we found out we were right by where Vlad the Impaler was reportedly born and raised. How amazing is that? I just loved it there; the atmosphere was perfect, and everyone – from the entire crew to the cast to Louis (Morneau) – I just couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Everyone brought their ‘A’ game.
A monstrous creature terrorizes a 19th Century European village by moonlight, and a young man struggles to protect his loved ones from an unspeakable scourge in Werewolf: The Beast Among Us, Universal Studios’ all-new addition to its time-honored legacy of classic monsters. During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea), Daniel (Guy Wilson) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast’s fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers, and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator.
When a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Stephen Bauer, Adam Croasdell) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother’s (Nia Peeples) protests. But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter, and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf. Amid the hysteria, Daniel begins to suspect he’s closer to his target than he ever dreamed.
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