Horror Review: Wer (2013)

Wer (2013)A defense attorney begins to suspect that her client, who is charged with the murders of a vacationing family, might be more than meets the eye.

Director: William Brent Bell
Writers: William Brent Bell (screenplay), Matthew Peterman (screenplay)
Stars: A.J. Cook, Sebastian Roché, Vik Sahay, Simon Quarterman, Brian Scott O’Connor
Runtime: 89 min

A Werewolf Film That Does Not Suck

Let’s face it. Most modern werewolf films are not very good. If you consider “Ginger Snaps” even a modern film any longer, that is one of the better werewolf films in recent memory. Outside of a few half-decent films in the 90s and a few even better werewolf films in the 80s, we have to go back to black and white cinema for werewolf films of substance.

Director William Brent Bell is back to change that with “Wer,” his follow-up to the hugely successful (financially at least) “The Devil Inside.” “Wer” is trying to do something a little different with the genre. Perhaps, even something as special as what “Pontypool” did for zombie films.

The film uses a semi-found footage approach in the way that an American family captures an attack of a family in France in the woods while on vacation. The film also has a documentary style to it in parts. Overall, each filming method is used sparingly, but effectively.

In the opening, the family is brutally attacked by something unknown with the footage capturing nothing very useful. The husband and child are slaughtered, but the mother survives and recounts a story of something resembling a tall, hairy man with huge hands that attacked the family. Talan Gwynek (Brian Scott O’Connor), who lives near the location of the attack, closely resembles the description and is immediately apprehended by local authorities. Enter his newly appointed American lawyer, Kate Moore (A.J. Cook), who gains Talan’s trust enough to speak to her.

Of course, there is much to it that this, but I would hate to ruin the surprises for you on this one. The movie is well done and works as a decent character study on a few characters in the film, most of whom are interesting.

This is not your typical low budget werewolf film with not much to offer. “Wer” offers surprises, great acting and some decent werewolf action, which will satisfy the pickiest of werewolf fans.

Is Wer Worth Watching?

Without a doubt, “Wer” is a film that you want to not only watch, but add to your collection.

Wer Rating

Rating: 7 Stars (7 / 10)

Wer Trailer