R | | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 18th-century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his Native American friend Mani are sent to the Gevaudan province at the king's behest to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.
Two uniquely French breeds of dog are used in this film: Bleu De Gascogne hounds are used during hunting scenes, and a Briard sheepdog accompanies a shepherdess later in the film.
Gregoire De Fronsac:
A silver bullet? Are you afraid of werewolves?
Jean-Francois de Morangias: I like to sign my shots.
The metal claw weapons wiggle when struck in some shots, revealing that rubber look-alikes have been substituted for those shots.
A third version of the film was released theatrically and on DVD in the UK. In this version all the scenes involving the Royal Hunter (Bauterne) are removed - his character is referred to, but never seen. This includes the removal of the following scenes:
French, German, Italian
$475,181 13 January 2002