Monday, October 12, 2020

31 Days of Halloween - Day 12 - Movie

A young woman suffering from PTSD after being raped begins to believe that she is the incarnation of an ancestor who was believed to be a werewolf. When triggered, her psychosis causes her to go on a murder spree.

Werewolf Woman (1976) has a lot of the charms that low budget foreign horror films do. Like bootleg toys which are just enough off model to remain recognizable, yet still evade legal repercussions, these movies present subpar looking monsters and create their own rules as to how the monsters operate ignoring established lore. A werewolf kills a victim with a hatchet in this movie. There's also something really effective about the slapdash make-up concocted for the werewolf that's far more sinister for its primitiveness than most accomplished werewolf make-ups.

Essentially a rape revenge fantasy film with a heavy amount of sex and nudity, the film is sleazily effective, and Annik Borel as Daniela, the traumatized woman, is persuasive in her performance. This movie turned out to be much more engrossing, and even tragic, than I was expecting.

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