After a long absence, international music sensation Vince Raven returns to his home town to shoot a new music video. Unfortunately, his arrival coincides with a series of brutal animal attacks. Due to a dark secret in Vince's family history, some of the locals begin to suspect that Vince himself might be responsible for these grisly deaths ...
This movie wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it might be, given some of the other reviews I had read beforehand. In fact, as low-budget werewolf movies go it's actually quite entertaining. It's not exactly competent, and it certainly has its fair share of unintentionally funny moments, but there's also a lot to enjoy here. I watched the English release entitled Monster Dog, in which the dialogue seems to be entirely dubbed even though the actors seem to be speaking their lines in English. Of course, this was also the case in Clint Eastwood's early spaghetti westerns, so it needn't detract from the movie too much.
It's appropriate that the storyline centres around a pop star shooting a music video, since the entire look and feel of the movie is very much like an eighties pop video. You may regard this as a good or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about that aesthetic. Alice Cooper is a decent actor, though he does make a surprisingly uncharismatic leading man given his on-stage magnetism. The music featured in the movie is also not his best work, though it's not bad by any means.
All in all, this is a decent and diverting low-budget horror movie, which hold a special charm for fans of Alice Cooper.
How to make a low-budget werewolf look decent: don't show much of it. This is the wise philosophy followed by the director of this movie, and it results in the werewolf looking much less than embarrassing.
During the movie, we learn that Vincent's father was a werewolf who was responsible for some gruesome attacks, and he was set upon and killed by an angry mob when Vince was still a child. He was doused in petrol and then set on fire - one of two ways to kill a werewolf, we learn, the other of course being silver bullets.
The other interesting thing in this movie is the ability of the werewolves to control dogs, in a rather Dracula-esque fashion.