#31in31: Late Phases

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Oct 26 Late Phases“This place is great. New units opening up all the time.”

Story: A blind Vietnam vet moves into a secluded, woodsy retirement neighborhood. When his neighbors die from “animal attacks” during the full moon? He may be blind but he’s not an idiot.

Scares: A sense of foreboding and lots of chills.

Splat factor: Werewolves. Cue the disembowelments!

Closing scene “shocker”?: Zippo.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Yeah, you know werewolves, but this one’s original.

Trick or Treat?: Monster movies can get pretty played out, especially when movie makers dust off a same old thing over and over again. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed the hell out of Late Phases; the idea of having a blind senior citizen puts a fresh spin on a cool mythology.

I also like the buildup of dramatic irony. This isn’t a “surprise reveal at the end” movie, they let you know who the wolf is before the showdown. (That, and Netflix has a transformation still showing who the wolf is. Thanks, Netflix.) Where they take that knowledge, and how the plot plays that out, is what makes this movie so much fun.

Then there’s the Paul Newman looking lead, complete with no-nonsense attitude. He’s my hero. And check it out – it’s Tina Louise! She does a great job reminding us that Mean Girls are at every age.

The climax is a rip-roaring hoot that ends on a sweet note. Check this one out.

Score: 4 out of 5 pumpkins.

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