WOLVES (2014) Reviews and overview


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‘Unleash the beast’

Wolves is a 2014 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Hayter (writer of X-Men; X-Men 2; Watchmen). Steven Hoban (Haunter; Splice; Ginger Snaps franchise) produced. It stars Jason Momoa, Lucas Till and Merritt Patterson.


The coming-of-age story of Cayden Richards: Forced to hit the road after the murder of his parents, Cayden wanders, lost, without purpose…


Until Cayden meets a certifiable lunatic named Wild Joe, who sets him on a path to the ominous town of Lupine Ridge, to hunt down the truths of his history. But in the end, who’s really hunting whom?


“This is one silly movie. I mean, it’s hairy balls-to-the-wall, smoking’-on-a-skull-pipe silly. Maybe even a little “SyFy original series” silly, but with higher production value and impressive makeup FX. What it’s not is full-on bonkers.” Ryan Turek, ComingSoon.net

Wolves is ambitious but never completely in Hayter’s control, striving to build a mythology that could be covered in numerous sequels without ever establishing a reason to care about the first installment. It’s loud and violent, but the feature drags more than it should, struggling with iffy performances and lousy visual effects to raise a properly furry screen commotion.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

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“Hayter is a good writer, so much so he managed to forge an impressive script from the greatest comic book ever written, Alan Moore’s Watchmen. Here, he’s created a very watchable feature that’s breezy, fun, and has Stephen McHattie in it too! If there’s one gripe, it’s that you can’t help but wish he’d loosened those shackles a little further and delivered something R-rated…” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

“Silly beyond words, Wolves is indifferently acted and unconvincingly realized. Battle scenes fall flat when only a handful of extras merit full makeup (suggesting a less than elastic budget), while the rest are left to slobber and crouch unenhanced.” Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Main cast and characters: 

  • Lucas Till as Cayden Richards – – Dance of the Dead; The Curse of Downers Grove
  • Jason Momoa as Connor Slaughter
  • Merritt Patterson as Angelina “Angel” Timmins
  • John Pyper-Ferguson as Wild Joe – Grimm
  • Stephen McHattie as John Tollerman – Haunter; Hellmouth; The Dark Stranger
  • Kaitlyn Leeb as Lisa Stewart – Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings; Grave Halloween; Bitten
  • Jennifer Hale as Janice Richards – What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
  • Adam Butcher as Deke
  • Miriam McDonald as Haley
  • Melanie Scrofano as Gail Timmins
  • Adam MacDonald as Marty
  • Alain Moussi as Dobie
  • Thomas J. Strada as Robbie

Production and release:

The film had a reported budget of $18 million but only took $12.1 million at the box office.