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Werewolf is not the movie you think it is.  It's terror; however, is traumatic and unending and that makes for a very REAL theatrical experience.

Opening with a tracking shot of a concentration camp where dogs rip out the throats of the captives therein, Werewolf is bound to stir up some strong emotions.  This film is exhausting and threats it presents are very, very real.  The Holocaust is still a very raw and very real and, unfortunately, its consequences are still felt . . . which makes this allegorical tale so very intense.

"surprises with its dramatic beats and succeeds in crossing genres as it bounds ahead of the pack when it comes to new releases"

Werewolf, a Polish-German-Dutch production, is a survival movie like few others and it is due to its intense WWII frame.  It is fierce and its own bleakness is sure to drive some audiences away, but - for those strong enough to take the journey with these liberated children - it is well worth the savage trip and the performances from a large group of unknowns are completely stirring.

Directed by Adrian Panek, Werewolf spends its time with a group of polish children who find themselves holed up inside an abandoned house deep in the woods.  These poor kids are held inside this estate by an army of well-trained canines.  There’s no escape without death and the kids are reminded at almost every turn as they look out the windows of the house or open the door to leave.  They are trapped.

Imagine Stephen King’s Cujo, yet on a larger level as there are many dogs and eight kids.  That’s the territory here as cruelty tortures the mind when Hanka (Sonia Mietielica), “Kraut” (Nicolas Przygoda), and Wladek (Kamil Polnisiak) all realize that their freedom has been short lived.  From SS officers to rabid dogs, the threats surrounding the house are unyielding and constant and these kids are the targets.  Werewolf

It's what happens in the wake of liberation.  The Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Poland has been liberated and this “orphanage” of survivors is left unattended.  With no adults around, the kids attempt - in vain - to recreate the childhood they were denied, but what they’ve witnessed and lived through hangs in the clouds above them.  There’s no escape and, with the threats surrounding them in the woods, they have to make a choice.  Do they work together or do they continue their lives as victims?

While its horror elements are firmly established, Werewolf surprises with its dramatic beats and succeeds in crossing genres as it bounds ahead of the pack when it comes to new releases.  The film is both shocking and emotional as the children face down the haunting horrors of the freshly ended Holocaust.  

Will humanity rise above the stripes on their yellow stars and concentration garments?  The tension in this flick tells you otherwise.

Adrian Panek’s intense WWII survival horror/thriller Werewolf is due to release on Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD across North America on December 1st via Indiecan Entertainment.

4/5 stars



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MPAA Rating: Unrated.
88 mins
: Adrian Panek
Adrian Panek
Kamil Polnisiak, Nicolas Przygoda, Sonia Mietielica
: Horror | Thriller
Survive the Dogs of War.
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December 1, 2020
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December 1, 2020
Synopsis: In Werewolf, children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious attack dogs in abandoned mansion surround by the forest. The intense Polish film was an official selection of Fantastic Fest (where it was nominated for Best Picture) among many other fests, has won 11 festival awards worldwide, and been nominated for 14 more.


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