Scapegoat, we move to today's ridiculous BATTLEDOGS. But, hey, ridiculous can also be fun. Further, it's been about a year since I tried an unknown werewolf movie -- Werewolf: The Beast Among Us -- via Netflix streaming, so when, all of a sudden, up cropped this more recent genre adventure, I jumped at it. The title Battledogs may remind you of Dog Soldiers, the wonderful Neil Marshall movie from 2002 and the best "werewolfer" since 1981. That, by the way, was the banner year for werewolves-on-film, as both The Howling and An American Werewolf in London hit theaters. No surprise: this new one ain't nearly as much frisky, scary fun as Dante's, Landis' or Marshall's movies.
SyFy Channel, and consequently suffers from a case of the "dumbs," as has every one of the channel's made-for movies I've so far encountered. That said, the film, as written by Shane Van Dyke and directed by Alexander Yellen (shown at left), is short, relatively swift, and has enough action, plot and special effects (the CGI werewolves are pretty well imagined and created) plus a decent B-movie cast to keep things jumping. By the point at which you're ready to toss in the towel, the end credits have already started rolling and you're up and clearing the dinner dishes and maybe thinking about bedtime....
Ariana Richards, above right, with the movie's hero, played by Craig Sheffer) is clearly having some physical problems. She heads for the rest room, closes herself into the handicapped stall and -- oh-oh. Bad. This woman does indeed have a handicap, and within minutes the airport lobby looks like the shot below.
Dennis Haysbert, below) intent on training these WWs to become American weapons. Yes, all this does not make really good sense, but you don't watch stuff like this for good sense.