#31in31 2019 – “Howl” (2015)

“Ladies and gentlemen, apologies once again for the delay. I’m still waiting on word from the driver.”

Story: Poor Joe. First he gets passed over for promotion, then he has to work a second shift on the midnight train. Collecting tickets from these folks isn’t great…but it’s a lot better than what happens when the train stops after hitting something. What’s that sound?

Scares: Lots.

Splat factor: Lots.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nope. Just a lovely end.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original

Trick or Treat?: A fantastic modern werewolf tale on par with Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps. Add this one to your queue immediately.

Ed Speleers does a great job as the hapless, shell-shocked Joe. And fans of Gotham will spy Simon “Alfred” Pertwee as the conductor. Don’t get attached though.

The award for Most Badass Pensioner goes to Duncan Preston’s Ged, a senior citizen that takes zero crap and pulls everyone else’s heads out of their asses. Meanwhile, just enough of the other characters are assholes or idiots, so we get several sweet, sweet karmic bloodbaths.

Fantastically sloppy gore FX, and impressive stunts, including one where someone gets a leg stuck in the door, and gets dragged up and down the opening. Holy cow that’s incredible. The sound department kicks in loads of icky squishes, rips and splats to add to the fun. And the werewolves have a cool spin on them, with humanesque heads and long, sinewy arms and legs.

For folks streaming this as I did, best set your AV mode to Game so you can get all the visuals all crisp and bright(ish). As this story is set at night, it’s like watching The Battle of Helm’s Deep. Adjust accordingly.

Perfect as a double feature with the equally chilling Train to Busan for a nice chilling train theme. Safe travels, y’all.

Score: 5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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