This is going to be glorious.
There’s exactly two reasons why the horror world should be paying attention to Howl. The first one is obvious: It’s about werewolves. And the second? Well, that goes to Mr. Paul Hyett. You may not be familiar with the name but you’ve no doubt seen his work in dozens of films. Hyett is the terrifying mind behind the SFX on films like The Descent, Attack the Block, Doomsday and so much more. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface. He recently took his talents behind the camera of his feature film debut with a little film called The Seasoning House, which is a vicious in-your-face tale of revenge, proving that Hyett has a voice in the genre worth listening to.
Howl will mark his sophomore effort and it sounds like a perfectly insane approach to the sub genre that it desperately needs. If The Seasoning House is any indication, this one is quite certainly going to be mad. And with Hyett’s vast knowledge of horror movie SFX, I can only imagine that we’re going to be getting a solid dose of practical effects, which is all you could really ask for really.
Howl recently got an official synopsis, and while it’s a bit lengthy, it’s a whole hell of a lot better than what they were telling us before because all we really knew was that a bunch of people on a midnight train run into a shit storm of werewolves. Take a look:
Joe, a young ticket-collector, is riding the last train out of London on a dark and stormy night along with a meager bunch of passengers. When the train brakes violently and comes to a sudden halt deep in the middle of a forest, it seems they have hit something on the line. But when the driver ventures out to investigate he never returns, leaving the passengers in a state of panic – particularly when Joe sees the driver’s mutilated body outside the carriage.
Realizing there’s something dangerous lurking in the forest, Joe tells the passengers to make barricades to secure themselves in the carriage but soon the deadly creature is stalking the besieged train and smashing through their defenses, picking them off one-by-one. Joe rallies his ‘pack’ of passengers to fight back. During a vicious battle they manage to kill the creature, revealing it to be a hideous mutated fusion of human and wild animal – a werewolf. However, celebrations are cut short when they hear more howls coming from the forest…
Shauna Macdonald and Ed Speleers both star in this one. Below is a look at some early artwork for the flick, giving us a little tease at just how bloody this one is going to get.