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Howling (2012), which is frustratingly NOT a werewolf movie!

January 17, 2013

MY CALL:  I thought I was in for a werewolf movie; like a Korean reimagining of The Howling (1981) starring a Korean genre superstar…wrong!  This is basically an R-rated Korean Lifetime Network movie about a serial killer canine.  I’d skip this even if you’re a Kang-ho Song fan and especially skip it if you’re in the mood for a werewolf movie.  I really wish they had went with the alternate title The Killer Wolf so that I could have avoided wasting my time!  ALTERNATE TITLE: The Killer WolfWHAT TO WATCH INSTEADThe Howling (1981) or Thirst (2009); both completely unrelated to this movie.

So, I saw this movie on Netflix and, judging by the cover/movie poster, I thought “cool, this is a werewolf movie.”  It’s title is even suspiciously similar to an amazing werewolf movie (e.g., The Howling) and Kang-ho Song has done both a monster movie and a vampire movie in the last several years.  So this pick felt like a Netflix no-brainer on a rainy Sunday evening.

The experienced Detective Sang-gil, played by Korean genre film superstar Kang-ho Song (Thirst, The Good, the Bad and the Weird, The Host, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), reluctantly teams up with fledgling Detective Eun-young (Na-yeung Lee).  She’s young, cute and single, but Sang really wants nothing to do with this partnership and only accepts her for the sake of looking good for an upcoming promotion.  Sang has issues with authority, a heavy dose of pessimism, and a lone wolf attitude.

The two are assigned to the possible suicide of a man who burned to death with drugs in his system and a dog bite on his thigh.  Early in the investigation an ignition device is found which suggests a possible homicide.  As they continue, Sang takes every opportunity to subordinate Eun-young or joke at her expense.

This movie is a hardly tolerable cop movie about a wolf-dog that murders bad guys to exact its trainer’s revenge.  I’ll say that again in plain English… This is basically an R-rated Korean Lifetime Network movie about a serial killer canine.  By the time I realized that this was NOT a werewolf movie, I was already halfway through this mess.  Despite my disappointment that this was not what I was expecting, I can’t help but to be surprised that Kang-ho Song was in something that I didn’t like.  I like this guy in EVERYTHING.  Everything, that is, except for this.

This shit actually looks like a still from “Lassie: Lost in Manhattan.”

I’m not even going to continue reviewing this. It wasn’t good.  The murder mystery wasn’t satisfying.  The story wasn’t interesting.  The wolf dog attacks, with one 8-second exception, were a waste of film.  I wish I could just unsee this.

 If you’re not going to give me this…

Then at least give me a little of this.

Instead I basically just got this…but without the satisfying gore.  BOOOO!

Now, if you read the blurb about this on Netflix, you would not find the word werewolf.  I mean, it said “while investigating a murder case, a detective brushes off his new partner’s concern that a bite mark on a victem means something strange is afoot.”  That sure as shit sounds like this is going to be a werewolf movie to me!  And it’s called “The Howling!”  Makes me think of The Howling!  How about you?  Oh, the beauty of false advertising.

Anyway, I’d skip this even if you’re a Kang-ho Song fan and especially skip it if you’re in the mood for a werewolf movie.  I really wish they had went with the alternate title The Killer Wolf so that I could have avoided wasting my time!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lacey Hofmeyer permalink
    January 17, 2013 8:42 am

    Despite your hate for this movie, the review was uber entertaining.

    • johnleavengood permalink
      January 17, 2013 9:55 am

      The best written reviews never seem to be about Oscar winners, do they? There’s simply something magical about bad, ill-themed, misleadingly advertized movies.

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