The Beast of Bray Road’s Release Date: 1 September 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, Art House) Writer(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, Art House) Staring: Jeff Denton, Thomas Downey and Sarah Lieving After establishing himself as a director to watch with Frankenstein Reborn, Leigh Scott takes a step back with this gore-filled, […]

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The Beast of Bray Road’s
Release Date: 1 September 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, Art House)
Writer(s): Leigh Scott (Frankenstein Reborn, Art House)
Staring: Jeff Denton, Thomas Downey and Sarah Lieving

After establishing himself as a director to watch with Frankenstein Reborn, Leigh Scott takes a step back with this gore-filled, but character-depleted, horror film from The Asylum. They’ve been tackling a little bit of everything as of late, seeking to reinvent older horror icons. And while they dropped the ball with their mummy movie, The Asylum partially succeeds with their take on the werewolf legend.

The Beast of Bray Road’s main problem is that it doesn’t create a single likeable character. Thanks to a combination of weak acting and a script that might as well have been written for the Sci-Fi Channel (meaning that kills come frequent with little time between them), Bray Road just falls flat on its face when the werewolf isn’t on screen. When it is, things do pick up. The werewolf costume looks tremendous, and coupled with great gore effects that aren’t hampered by terrible CGI, the combination makes for death scenes that are very fun to watch.

But the chararacters… God, the characters. They just killed the movie for me. It’s not as if these are bad characters in a great story either. This is an ill-conceived film that just throws out the Sheriff searching for a murderer, the cryptozoologist, the werewolf taking over people, and other elements that don’t work at all.

This is an odd nitpick, but the artwork for the film is intentionally out of focus and looks like crap. What’s worse is that the back of the box art is in complete contrast to the front. If I was a casual viewer, there’s no way in hell I’d rent for that reason alone.

DVD: Does anyone actually enjoy commentary tracks where it’s just a bunch of people sitting around and barely talking about the film? Maybe it can be done by a good group of exciting and funny people, but this group is neither. There are also some bloopers and a quickie behind the scenes featurette.

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