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A werewolf in England is a 2020 British horror drama film set in a remote 19th-century country inn besieged by angry lycanthropes.
Written, Produced, Photographed, Edited and Directed by Charlie Steeds (vampire virus; An English spook; The Barge people; winter skin; cannibal farm), High Fliers Films – Dark Temple Motion Pictures production stars Reece Connolly, Tim Cartwright (vampire virus; The Barge people; The Legend of Mordred), Natalie Martins (The Barge people; Poltergeist Activity) and Mark McKirdy (vampire virus; The Barge people).
In the 19th century, a local councilor and criminals take refuge in a remote country inn, unaware that meat-hungry werewolves inhabit the surrounding woods and are ready to feed…
When the first pictures of Charlie Steeds were highly anticipated A werewolf in England When they got online, they were greeted with a positive thumbs-up from horror fans. The lycanthropes looked impressive and the lighting looked classy. The first trailer was released yesterday and that anticipation was heightened as the shaggy, two-legged beasts were seen in action.
With the film now available on DVD in the UK, we’re pleased to see another little classic in the world of werewolves, albeit of the budget variety. But cheap and cheerful doesn’t always mean ineffective!
This is a fast-paced comedic romp that unabashedly revels in the baser elements of Lycanthropic lore. Unlike some flimsy werewolf excursions – the beast visible for seconds crescent (2009) has got to be the worst offender – this creature feature isn’t shy about showing off the creatures in all their glory, and we even get some pretty impressive suit creations courtesy of Kyle Thompson of Arizona-based Midnight Studios FX. The werewolves are also quite bulky, so we can assume they’ll be well fed when they drop by on red moon night! Of course, the budget was not enough for transformations, but this is understandable.
Pretty much all of the action takes place in the rooms of The Three Claws Inn, which is dimly but accurately lit to match the scenario’s timing. The limited hand-to-hand combat, clawing and hacking that follows is also, fortunately, reminiscent of the claustrophobic high points of dog soldiers. Only an oddly mismatched, modern-looking, abstract stained-glass window in the inn’s stairwell stands out as out of place, and a more rigorous edit would have avoided shots of some rickety walls, too.
Performance-wise, the cast is more than a game with Reece Connolly as Archie, the somewhat unfortunate hero who nods Ash from The bad deathTim Cartwright as a witty councilman whose jokes are a delight and Natalie Martins as Jane, who works tirelessly to protect her baby (thus adding an element of danger). Barrington de la Roche, Steeds’ regular old babbler, is once again on hand, which is a mixed blessing as his blatant heist is somewhat of a distraction here when there are already plenty of other characters happily going OTT, such as Emma Spurgin Hussey as his evil sister. These people wouldn’t be out of place in an adult-oriented pantomime.
In fact, some of the humor becomes positively Tromaesque with a wild romp involving a “gutter whore” (delightfully played by Jéssica Alonso), piss out of a chamber pot being thrown around, and a hideous but amusing scene of sloppy werewolf poop. you have been warned
While steeds vampire virus was a very sparse and embarrassingly insulting attempt at being transatlantic, with painfully fake Yank accents, a go-go, A werewolf in England is, as the title attests, a delightfully sordid British version of lycanthropy that revels in cheeky humour, frenetic action and downright sordid details. It’s a return to form after the equally homely austerity of An English spook had shown that his cinematic skills were maturing.
Some might find it A werewolf in England a bit too camp for her liking. And yet, most horror dogs who are properly forewarned will find this a very welcome bit of full moon goofiness. A playful and vivacious, but sometimes appropriately doomy soundtrack by Simone Cilio fits perfectly into the overall atmosphere.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA
MOVIES and MANIA Rating:
“The skills of the steeds here – making something out of little – abound. Most of the film is set in a two-room set (the inn is a real Cornish place, but I suspect the owners feared the upholstered furniture), but the camerawork and interplay between the quirky cast is inventive enough to make you barely got time to appreciate the limitations of the interiors.” Bloody Movies
“We don’t see an actual transformation, but the suits themselves are impressive. Equally impressive is the blood shown here. There’s more than decapitation, eye removal, and a severed arm with a mind of its own. It’s a siege in the style of dog soldiersand almost as good […] After a series of films like Werewolves of the Third Reich and The growlBritish werewolves needed a film like A werewolf in England. It’s a fast-paced, bloody and fun time.” Voices from the balcony
In the UK, the film will be released on DVD by High Fliers Films on 28 September 2020. Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Principal production ended on March 6th, 2020 for what the filmmakers described as a ‘100% Victorian era horror film with practical effects’ for which we built the massive set of a two storey Gothic Victorian Inn on location in Cornwall, UK. “
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