RED: WEREWOLF HUNTER
The central idea of Red: Werewolf Hunter seems promising, especially in the opening scenes where we disorientingly go from a loose restaging of the fairytale to the grown-up Riding Hood sitting in a modern SUV and now an FBI agent. Thereafter however, ones hopes for the film sink. (Well, they do about the moment the opening credits come up and we get the Syfy Channel name and a typical no-name cast). Any hopes the film might have raised sink entirely through the basement about the point that we get to see the werewolves, which contain probably some of the shittiest CGI werewolf transformations I can ever remember seeing in a film.
With the set-up that Red: Werewolf Hunter has, the premise could have worked if the film had been given a decent budget. Alas, the film is killed by a quick shooting schedule, a directors indifferent set-ups and the utter cheapness of the effects. The plot also comes with holes in it you keep wondering if the family have devised a means of detecting those that are werewolves by shooting them with silver pellets, then why dont they shoot Kavan Smith rather than spend the bulk of the film sitting around in uncertainty over whether he has been bitten or not.
The other disappointment is that the film offers up the promising idea of a modern spin on Little Red Riding Hood and then does nothing with it. We get a single scene with Felicia Day walking through the woods wearing a red riding hood near the very end but the image seems to be there simply because the production team felt like they had to include it. Similarly, we learn that Felicia Days Virginia is nicknamed Red and that this is a hereditary name given to the women of the family for no other reason than that they needed to justify the title. Outside of that, the films relevance to Little Red Riding Hood is negligible.
Sheldon Wilson is a regular director of low-budget genre films, frequently for the Syfy Channel. Sheldon Wilsons other films include:- Shallow Ground (2004), Kaw (2007), Carny (2009), Screamers: The Hunting (2009), Mothman (2010), Killer Mountain (2011), Mega Cyclone (2011), Snowmageddon (2011), Cold Spring (2013), Scarecrow (2013), The Hollow (2015), Shark Killer (2015) and The Unspoken (2015).