The more things change...
I like my Full Moon flicks short and sweet. At a running time of 70 minutes, The Werewolf Reborn! is expeditive, straight to the point, and it’s not the worst werewolf movie I’ve seen. It’s the ultimate “so bad it’s good” werewolf diet, in fact. It’s loosely inspired by the Universal wolfman, and while the effects are basic, it’s scarier than its black and white predecessors.
This story takes place in the present, but somehow it has a lynch mob of hunters ready to kill any werewolf on sight. This happens early in the plot, and it almost feels like we missed a whole act. I understand that an Eastern European village makes a werewolf movie exotic, but did we really need those gypsies? Why are we rehashing the same themes?
The Werewolf Reborn! solidified a principle about most werewolf film that we take for granted but makes the whole difference. In most cases, these films center on a character that is both protagonist and antagonist. Though it is clumsily written and shot, this film is tragic. The exposition is superficial, the story is extremely cliched, but I do recommend this to werewolf movie fans, nonetheless.