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Werewolf (2018)
(Blu-Ray & DVD Dual Format)


Starring: Kamil Polnisiak and Nicolas Przygoda
Distributor: Eureka Entertainment
RRP: £12.99 (Blu-Ray & DVD Dual Format)
Certificate: 15
Release Date: 18 November 2019

Eight children are liberated by Russian soldiers from the Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Poland towards the end of World War II. They are left at an abandoned villa with no food or water supplies, and soon come to the conclusion they will have to venture out in search of sustenance. However, the dogs used by the German SS to attack and threaten the captives are roaming wild since their cruel masters were shot. The dogs are forever seeking entry into the villa, as humans are meat and food is very scarce. As the children grow weak and suspicious of each other, they seek to find a way past their besiegers...

Werewolf, directed by Adrian Panek, is released by Eureka Entertainment in dual format (Blu-ray and DVD). Much as it would appear to be so, this is not a horror film in the traditional sense. Rather, it is the horror of reality that affects normal people – mostly innocents – during or subsequent to war. Or, in this case, post-war survival. Therefore, you won’t be surprised to learn that there are no fabled werewolves. Instead, just wild and ravenous dogs which have been left to their own devices after the liberation of the camp. Of course, this scenario is more than terrifying enough in the real sense. In effect, this is an exploration of the human character in harrowing and life-threatening situations.

Terror comes from all quarters: the man-eating dogs, the lack of food and water, the brief return of a Russian soldier, and potentially dangerous people hiding in the hills. Events such as these change people. Some instantly return to instinct and greed, whereas others attempt to hang on to their humanity and plan a way out using logic and imagination. That is essentially what this film is about: character in adversity. It is a poignant story, well told.


Ty Power

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