Well, saw it on the BIG SCREEN in Rogers, Arkansas last night, as stated in my previous post. OH MY GOD. Not only the best werewolf movie I've seen since...well, since American Werewolf in London, but the best HORROR movie I've seen in at LEAST 10 years. PERIOD.
I'm not exaggerating. This movie kicks so much ass, it oughta be a crime.
The cinematography--fantastic. Great scenery, great use of camera movement and angles, and an absolute LESSON on how to build suspense visually. Fucking A.
The acting? Fucking A. Great performances from just about everybody. It's a small cast, and everybody pulls his weight. (I say "his" b/c there's only one female part--well, two, if you count a 3-minute victim at the beginning.) The guy playing Ryan hands in one of the better "asshole military man" performances in recent memory, and the platoon leader (not cooper, but the other guy, played by the engineer from Event Horizon) kicked my ass all over the theater with his performance. Powerful stuff. Great, great, great.
The horror? This is where it shines most. MUCH gorier than I expected--no shortage of the red stuff. They took a lesson from Evil Dead lore and "made the blood run down the screen"--literally. The werwolves are great, and are not over-exposed ,which helps hide the low budget. The kills--visceral, disturbing, horrifying, awesome. Fan-fucking-tastic to see a movie not afraid to show spilling intestines. And the lore--great stuff. Not "turning the ww on his head," as some have suggested, but rather "putting the horror back in the ww, going back to its roots." In my opinion anyway. The pack idea was great, and the folklorists in the audience could play "spot the reference" (goldilocks, red riding hood, even the old english folktale about the hunter who severs the wolf's paw, only to find out later it's turned to a human hand)--something for everybody.
I'm SO glad I got to see it uncut, and in the cinema. The sound, the lighting, everything...I've got nothing bad to say about it. Everyone should see this movie in the theaters...but if you can't you should at least see in on DVD, in the dark, with the sound turned up.
6 stars. Awesome.