Wes Craven re-teamed up with scriptwriter Kevin Williamson for this latest slant on the werewolf genre, which Dimension films hoped would do for Wolf man movies what Scream did for slashers. Unfortunately, the finished result proved to be anything but the rollercoaster of success they had hoped for.
Set in the suburbs of LA, Ellie (Christina Ricci) and her brother Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) are involved in a car crash on a lonely mountain road. As they check to see if the other driver is OK, they are suddenly attacked by a huge wolf-like creature that burst out of the scrub.
Passing the incident off as a wild animal attack and with the rescue services on the scene, the two try and put the events of the evening behind them. But when the 2 siblings begin to notice strange changes in each others behaviour, they realise this was no ordinary wolf that bit them. Having done some research on the werewolf legends, Jimmy is convinced the only way to undo the changes is to find and kill the creature that bit them (hang on, I thought that was vampires, not werewolves?).
This proves problematic as they're not entirely sure who the original wolf could be, however it soon becomes obvious the culprit could be someone a lot closer than they thought. Whilst the film may have had a lot of promise, it unfortunately offers nothing new to the genre and proves to be little more than a rip off of all the other cult werewolf films of this ilk, which includes scenes lifted directly from "American Werewolf in London", "Ginger Snaps" and even "Teen Wolf".
Some of the films problems may have been due to the constant messing around with the script, which was being constantly rewritten during filming. That's not to say the films a complete waste of time, but I tend to find it falls into the rent as opposed to buy category. As a parting thought, what was Scott (Happy Days, Bugsy Malone) Baio doing in this???