Paul Hyett, the man behind the awesome revenge thriller The Seasoning House, returns with his second feature film Howl, a vicious looking werewolf film in which a group of people get stuck in a train surrounded by man-eating beasts. Awesome. We first caught wind of this film nearly a year ago, so it’s nice to finally catch a glimpse at what Hyett has been working on all this time.
Hyett has an extensive background doing some fantastic SFX work on films like The Descent and Doomsday (and many, many more), and he brings that knowledge and skill to Howl, bringing some gnarly looking werewolves to the forefront. With zombies and vampires thriving on the big screen these days, it’s nice to see werewolves making a comeback as well. And if there’s a guy to bring these beasts of the night back in a big way, it’s Paul Hyett. The first trailer is every bit as insane as the premise eludes to, holing up a handful of unlucky folks in a train during a werewolf shit storm. It’s a vicious and slick first look at the film that promises plenty of mayhem, so I hope you guys get as much of a kick out of this trailer as I did.
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.
Realising 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 defences, 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…
Howl stars Ed Speelers and The Descent’s Shauna Macdonald. A release date is still unknown but it is expected to hit theaters overseas sometime this year.
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