Brotherhood of the Wolf
Vincent Cassel, Samuel Le Bihan
Directed by Christophe Gans
Brotherhood of the Wolf brings us the usual gore-and-guts werewolf-terrorizing-the-countryside cliches, but this time, ooh-la-la, it's in French. Director Christophe Gans labors mightily to couch the action in historical record. Like the Hughes brothers with From Hell, a revisionist take on Jack the Ripper, Gans attempts to uncover the social, political and religious roots behind the legend of the Beast of Gevaudan, who allegedly savaged more than a hundred victims, mostly women and children, in this French province between 1765 and 1768. But even with the help of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, slo-mo martial-arts scenes out of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an Iroquoi Indian (Mark Dacascos) to assist the hero (Samuel Le Bihan) in solving the case, and the heaving bosom of actress Monica Bellucci, this new take on horror is more of the bloody same.