This low budget British horror has a lot in common with Dog Soldiers.Ensemble cast of disparate characters thrown together in unlikely circumstances and have to pull together in the face of a common enemy: werewolves. This time it's in the confined space of a passenger train.Whilst this Brit horror was clearly made on a budget, which sometimes shows through, it's got a really tense and atmospheric build up, as the strangers on the train soon find themselves in an end of the line siege, where their differences are forgotten about when put under threat by a creature stalking the <more>
train.Film has a nice black sense of humour running through it and very solid performances from the cast. Also nice to see werewolves done a little differently than the usual hairy dog routine.Because it's made on a budget I'm going to give it 10 for effort!
In my opinion its really amazing i can admit that. And its keeping me 'breathless' on my seat, and i couldn't take my eyes off of the screen!! i couldn't even imagine how will i survive in that condition and its just... AMAZING!! I'm really surprised for the ending,its really unexpected to see. During i'm watching the movie, my mind are full of curiosity about how will it goes. I felt like i'm in that kind of situation and it makes me jump in my seat all the time, if i would be one of cinematic critics, i would give an enormous stars and comments: just to say that <more>
kind of frightening a bit, because i always look at my window all the time. STAY AWESOME!!! :
An Original And Imagnitive Werewolf Film. (by Vivekmaru45)
In the past I've seen a lot of Werewolf movies, Silver Bullet 1985 and An American Werewolf in London 1981 in particular. The reason why Werewolf films appeal to me is to witness the transformation from human being into a wolf. Obviously you need to have a good FX man to do this. The best transformation I have seen was in An American Werewolf in London 1981 and also in The Howling 1981 . Among the newer films The Wolfman 2010 and Underworld 2003 have modern CGI werewolves.This film is about passengers on a train, stranded in the middle of a remote and forested part of the English <more>
countryside and must face an ambush from a family of Werewolves living there. We have some interesting characters onboard the train, down-on-his-luck Alpha Trax train guard Joe Griffin Ed Speleers , an elderly couple Ged Duncan Preston and Jenny Ania Marson , Paul Calvin Dean , the drunken football yob, Billy Sam Gittins a young man on an interview, Adrian Elliot Cowan a businessman who always has the last word and finally Nina Rosie Day a carefree young women. We also have a few more characters in the film but I shan't go into all that.This is a survival horror film and for the most part is entirely shot during nighttime. The special effects and sound effects are very professionally handled. The director Paul Hyett is a special effects man himself and so this is an added bonus. We also have notable veteran actor Sean Pertwee who has starred in great movies like: Event Horizon 1997, Tale of the Mummy a.k.a. Talos The Mummy 1998, Deadly Voyage 1996 which I consider to be his best acting performance. Sean has a small cameo role in the film. I don't know whether this was for the sake of the film's budget, but to give the best actor of the lot a small screen-time was to me very offending. The film was gripping from start to finish. I was particularly impressed by both Speelers and Cowan. Duncan Preston gives a decent performance as the eldest actor of the group. The film has effective scary moments and those with weak hearts and stomachs best avoid this film. Hardcore and seasoned horror enthusiasts will lap this one up.More Werewolf Movies: The Monster Squad 1987 , Late Phases 2014 , The Company of Wolves 1984 , Bad Moon 1996 , Wer 2013 , Wolf 1994 and lastly Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt 2004 .Thanks for reading my review. Live long and prosper.
Werewolves on a train! What's not to like about that? (by mail-680-995240)
Werewolves on a train! What's not to like about that?! A bunch of varied commuters get stranded on a broken down late night train in the middle of the woods. After the driver disappears, they try to walk up the tracks they soon regret it - something is out there and it wants in! This creature feature totally does what it says on the tin - scary as hell monsters, believable characters from different background fighting to live through the night - plenty of gore but loads of fun too. A real stand out bad guy performance from Elliot Cowan as a psycho banker determined to survive. Great comic <more>
relief too from Amit Shah as a nerdy accountant who turns out to be surprisingly handy in a fight! Great cameos from Sean Pertwee, Rosie Day and Duncan Preston. Recommended.
Solid, well-crafted, and genuinely scary monster flick (by djjchambers)
Expect some genuine creepiness, suspense and scares from this well-crafted-on-a-low-budget horror from writers Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler and director Paul Hyett. There's a palpable sense of claustrophobia and tension throughout, and Hyett's SFX background really shows the effects are largely practical rather than CG which means that the horror is really visceral when it happens There are laughs too to puncture the tension - some moments are very funny including a standout gag involving Calvin Dean's character Paul's inability to grasp the seriousness of the situation. Of <more>
course a film is nothing without well-written and acted characters to root for or hate! and there are plenty here - my favourites were Elliot Cowan's Adrian, the obnoxious city gent, and Amit Shah's Matthew, the nerdy teenager who suddenly snaps in a memorable moment.
Do not accept negative reviews on HOWL. After watching HOWL, I am going to try and watch every Hyett film he has ever done. I thought HOWL was very well acted..by ALL involved..by every character actor...and there was nothing wrong with the photography! I thought the movie moved along well, was not too slow in developing, and I was drawn into the flick by the combination of good acting, good dialog, and I was able to fully empathize with the characters...which is essential to the willingness to continue watching.After having seen so many "formula"horror stories, I am surprised that <more>
Hyett actually got this genre to work, but he DID! Quite frankly, although I really liked DOG SOLDIERS, another very well-made thriller, I can't say that HOWL was at all disappointing. If you are a collector of movies of the horror genre like I am, then it belongs in your collection....insignificant "goofs" and all!
Lots of familiar faces in this fun Brit horror from effects maestro Paul Hyett - Shauna Macdonald THE DESCENT , Sean Pertwee DOG SOLDIERS , Rosie Day THE SEASONING HOUSE , Ed Speleers DOWNTON ABBEY - a very cool young cast of up and comers too, having loads of fun with a great script that doesn't take itself too seriously. Not that it isn't full of scares too - some kick ass action as the passengers join together to fight off the werewolves. They've gone for a much more realistic kind of monster – like a human/wolf hybrid. No furry cuddly Twilight wolves in this one! Most <more>
of the visual effects look like they're done in camera rather than too much CGI which is nice to see these days. Definitely the best werewolf movie since Dog Soldiers. But apart from that just a really terrifying and entertaining movie in a claustrophobic setting that we can all relate to – a broken down train!
There were three things about this film that made me like it. (by ericrnolan)
ou can't call "Howl" 2015 a great movie — not all of its acting, screen writing and directing supports that statement. But this indie British horror flick's better qualities make it a pretty good one — enough to warrant an 8 out of 10.There were three things about this film that made me like it.1 It's a straightforward werewolf tale. Monsters attack average commuters on a red-eye train after it breaks down under a full moon in an English forest. There is no Byzantine backstory, no sexing it up and no humanizing of the werewolves. They're gross. I found that <more>
refreshing in an age of franchises like "Underworld" and "Twilight."2 Our protagonists are average people who are relatable. Who among us hasn't been stuck on a stalled train at least once, even briefly? These unarmed, everyday commuters would probably be easy prey for a human predator, not to mention a super-strong supernatural threat. That made it scary.3 I thought that the special effects a mixture of practical effects and CGI were actually quite good. I was pleasantly surprised when this low-budget, direct-to-video film bared its fangs as a decent creature feature.And did anyone else recognize the train conductor? That's none other than Sean Pertwee, who starred in the werewolf classic, "Dog Soldiers" 2002 . It's fun imagining "Howl" as a companion film.
The best werewolf movie in recent memory (by 851222)
Greetins from Lithuania."Howl" 2015 is a very effective were werewolf movie. It's bloody, simple story yet effectively told. Sure, story is very simple but who cares if it works, and this movie gave exactly what i wanted from it - a pretty good and scary werewolf movie. Overall, while writing does not shine in this movie and there are some pretty bad lines, "Howl" is one effective and creepy monster horror movie. Seeing very low 5.2 score at IMDb i expected a trashy movie, but this one surprised me. As there aren't many new movies to say the least about these <more>
creatures, this one does it's job, just don't expect much and you will be surprised of how cool this flick is. Recommended for those who loves this genre.