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"It’s been nearly 15 years since Shout! Factory had to scuttle its proposed release of the ’80s TV series Werewolf due to unforeseen music rights issues they weren’t able to resolve, but the disappointment is still palpable. Boasting werewolf characters designed by the great Rick Baker (although the day-to-day makeup, effects and transformations were left to Greg Cannom), the series wasn’t enough of a ratings winner to get picked up for a second season, leaving the fate of its lycanthrope…
"Two dead buddies and we're still filming. It's pure folly."
I severely underrated this the first time I watched it. Familiarizing myself with Yann Gonzalez's aesthetic definitely helped, I think. As with many things, context is king. Now if I could run down Les Îles (it was on MUBI at one point, but is no longer), I would be a very happy man.
"You know, there are a lot of people that are scared of me, but you, you're on a whole different level."
Pleasant enough, and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman gets enough metafictional elements on board to make it seem less boilerplate, but there's a quite a bit that still is boilerplate. Also, I never got over how much Paul Walter Hauser's Dark sounds like Rowlf the Dog. And the character of Sleep looks a heck of a lot like Telly Monster. I have nothing against using the Muppets as a model for contemporary children's entertainment, but those two things jumped out at me.
This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:
5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…