LATE PHASES (2014) Reviews and overview

 

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‘When darkness falls, evil will rise.’

Late Phases – also known as Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf and Night of the Wolf: Late Phases – is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil) from a screenplay written by Eric Stolze (Under the Bed).

The movie stars Nick Damici, Ethan Embry and Lance Guest.

Wojciech Golczewski (Tonight She Comes; Beyond the Gates; We Are Still Here) provided the synth score.

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New Blu-ray:

In the UK, Late Phases is released on Blu-ray by 101 Films on 16th November 2020. Special features:

Commentary with director Adrián García Bogliano
FX Featurette
Making of Featurette
Trailer

Plot:

Ambrose (Nick Damici) is a blind Vietnam War veteran that moves into a retirement community with his seeing-eye dog upon the prompting of his son Will (Ethan Embry). He is shocked when he narrowly survives an attack by what he believes to be a werewolf.

The community has been the focus of several brutal dog attacks that have killed several residents, but Ambrose now believes that it is werewolves and not dogs that have been doing the slaughtering. Now Ambrose is preparing himself for the next full moon, when he will make his strike against his lupine would-be aggressors…

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Capsule review:

Late Phases is genuinely clever, touching, satirical and somewhat unsettling. It’s a very welcome surprise to find such an effective film in the poorly served werewolf sub-genre. Nick Damici is a revelation as the cynical blind army vet and the old school effects are a delight. It’s a shame that the film’s producers/distributors were so undecided what to call it as this hasn’t exactly helped fans to focus on it. That said, by any name, this movie has a real bite!

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:

“Late Phases is a tale of hardcore werewolf violence, a tangible father/son relationship, redemption, and a whole lotta heart. It’s funny, brash, and exciting, but knows when to pull back and let the emotion sink in. Simply put, it’s a masterpiece of the werewolf genre…” Bloody Disgusting

“While there are moments in the film that make it a genuinely interesting and oftentimes humorous watch, the film’s third act leaves a lot to be desired. Damici’s commanding performance notwithstanding, Late Phases winds up doing the werewolf film a disservice. The direction is admirable and the approach deserves a modicum of praise…” Dread Central

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Cast and characters:

Nick Damici … Ambrose McKinley
Ethan Embry … Will
Lance Guest … James Griffin
Erin Cummings … Anne
Rutanya Alda … Gloria Baker
Tom Noonan … Father Roger Smith
Tina Louise … Clarissa
Caitlin O’Heaney … Emma
Karen Lynn Gorney … Delores
Al Sapienza … Officer Bennett
Bernardo Cubria … Officer Lang
Dana Ashbrook … Westmark
Charles Techman … Richard
Haythem Noor … Nelson
Larry Fessenden … O’Brien
Frances Sherman … Doctor Nickel
Karron Graves … Victoria Kaye
Kareem Savinon … Edward
Pun Bandhu … Donald

Trailer:

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