"Werewolf: The Devil's Hound" is a pretty enjoyable and entertaining B-Movie.
Receiving a fireworks shipment, FX artist Phil Madden, (Phil Gauvin) and his team, Kevin Madden, (Michael Dionne) Char Madden, (Tamara Malawitz) Elizabeth, (Jennifer Marsella) Michael, (Adam Loewenbaum) and Krystal, (Kristen Babich) manage to go about their business and get their display set-up for a preview. While they sort out the affair, they quickly notice the behavior of one of their members is drastically different, and despite insistence to-the-contrary, they know something's wrong. As their situation coincides with a series of violent animal attacks, it soon dawns on them that a bloodthirsty werewolf, Christine Hofferman, (Christy Cianci) who escaped from a team of German scientists intent on studying her condition, has attacked the member and appears intent on starting a clan, forcing them to try to work together to get the situation handled.
The Good News: This one had some really good parts that manage to really make it fun at times. One of the main parts to that is the films' wonderful sense of humor and the comedy it showcases. From the bumbling nature of the scientist-heroes and their constantly trying to keep things under-control to the constant jokes and one-liners that are bandied about, and the whole battling nature of what goes on during the finale, this one manages to make itself a B-movie that can still be somewhat suspenseful as well as keeping it's tongue-in-cheek nature that provides some fun. That ending, which is one of the biggest pluses here, has a lot going for it. From the discovery of the werewolf and the battle that ensues as they try to engage in the reversal-ritual needed to end the curse is one of the best parts to this. Mixing action and comedy in good does, it stays that way until the film brings in the battle-armor, which is where the film really goes into high-cheese mode. The brawl is a lot of fun, gets in some laughs, and provides the necessary ending to the film, and is the main highlight. Other main highlights to this one include the big attack on the warehouse, which manages to incorporate suspense from its wonderful stalking through the twisting corridors and the beginning noises heard that features the creature rampaging into the building are a lot of fun, the blockades placed are pretty entertaining and then the true camp-nature of the film begins with there being a remote-controlled robot battling a werewolf inside a completely-blackened special-effects-filled room. This is just way too much good stuff, and is by-far the film's highlight. The opening assault is pretty good as well, with the night-vision lens allowing for some really creepy moments to come about, the stalking is nice and the results are bloody enough to satisfy, and since the werewolf isn't the focal-point, the brief glimpses make for a nice effort here. When it is shown, the look is really good, with the vicious dog-face, huge claws and fangs and long hair so it can appear as a true werewolf, which is really nice. The other big suspense moment in here is an early stalking scene where a loud-banging-and-crashing noise off-screen gives way to a loner wandering around investigating, and it manages to score better-than-expected during the course of the scene. There's also a lot of good stuff to be had with the slow-build in here, from the everyday activities to the sudden-accomplishments of extraordinary feats, and by stretching it out, it works really well. The last plus in here is the bloody kills, which are nice. From limbs ripped off, a head removed, intestines spilled, tons of scratch marks and oozing non-fatal wounds, this one is pretty bloody, and are the film's good stuff.
The Bad News: There were some problems with this one, but not that many are detrimental. One of the biggest ones perhaps the film's most repeated offender, the utterly-atrocious editing that goes on. More than once, the film shows its sequences so haphazardly and disorienting that it's impossible-to-determine what happened during the scene. Through the odd angles to the rapid-fire editing that cuts several different views together into the same sequence and the shaking camera as well, the attack in the alley-way, which should've showcased some nice gore and been somewhat suspenseful, is instead a massive disappointment due to the technical areas focused on in here. The first roof-top attack is done in much the same manner, as is a potentially-chilling attack a bit later that would've been a real blast to witness had it not decided on making it impossible to see the action. Another technical area to overcome is the cheapness of everything, which is on-display quite frequently. From the shagging-looking werewolf constructed of carpet-threads to the simplistic gore and ultra-cramped and confined sets, there's not a lot of hiding the cheapness factor and some might not be forgiving with it due to its easily-been-found. There's a lot wrong with a sequence in a nightclub that it's a wonder why it was included. Besides the disorienting nature of nightclubs to begin with, due to the atrocious music on the dance-floor and the desire to continue on with the editing mishaps already-mentioned, but also because the dark lighting while they're in the bathroom which compounds problems and just makes the entire segment a total waste. The last flaw is the cheesy and inherently goofy ending with the aliens. It just ends the film on a note that shouldn't have been played and just makes the viewer engage in eye-rolling instead of a shock. These here are the film's flaws.
The Final Verdict: It's definitely cheesy enough for those to have problems with it, but this one is undoubtedly pure camp for those that enjoy those kinds of films. Highly recommended for those that are pure cheese fanatics, camp appreciators or die-hard werewolf completists, while those that aren't should heed extreme caution.
Rated R: Graphic Violence, Nudity and Graphic Language