If you like werewolf movies, “Game of Werewolves” (“Lobos de Arga”) is a great movie for you. Packed with gore, hilarious moments, and superb make-up/special effects for the creatures, this movie from Spain made its Quebec premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.
Tomas, an author returns to his native village for inspiration to write. He meets his uncle and his childhood friend, in addition to receiving an unwelcomed visit from his editor. Little does he know that his uncle has evil plans to sacrifice his own nephew, as an ancient curse has plagued the village, going back hundreds of years.
The villagers have kept a 10-year old boy captive in a dungeon, as every full moon, he transforms into a ravenous, destructive werewolf. Only the blood of a relative, Tomas, can break this curse. However, a second curse was attached to this first one: if the curse has not been lifted 100 years later, the entirety of the villagers will transform into werewolves themselves. Evidently, this is what occurs, as hilarity and violence ensue.
What I liked about this movie was that it took a different path from most werewolf movies: instead of having one werewolf terrorize and rip apart everyone, this movie has an army of werewolves chasing a small amount of humans. There are absolutely hilarious moments and the werewolves are not cheesy, low-budget special effects monsters; they are absolutely stunning.
“Game of Wolves” is a widely entertaining movie, on many different levels, and is well worth seeing, receiving 4 stars out of 5.