The short black and white film Angelic Wolves asks the question, “What if angels and werewolves were one and the same?” I’m not sure it necessarily answers that question, but it does some good things along the way as it explores the werewolf mythos.
According to director Dark Libra, Angelic Wolves is supposed to have a retro feel the likes of Nosferatu or Werewolf in London. It absolutely captures the spirit of those films and when you realize that the entire thing was shot on an iPhone 4 and edited on an iPhone4s you’ve just got to tip your cap.
It is intended to be a somewhat corny and hypnotic film and it is just that. The acting is a little on the stiff side but that’s partially due to the fact that the lead actress Anna Crysell is a model doing her first acting gig. She certainly does the role justice and she’s got nothing to be embarrassed about here. In fact she’s quite charming in the role. The character she plays (Eve) makes what I’d consider some questionable choices along the way but Anna plays them in such a way that makes the character believable.
Playing opposite her in the lead role is Bradden Baade. I’ll get this right out of the way… dude is built like a brick shithouse. He’s got abs on top of abs that make me feel fat just thinking about it. There are some questionable choices with this character as well, but hey… dude’s a werewolf… he can pretty much do what he wants.
The short story revolves around Johnny (the werewolf) and how he’s defending Hillcrest Forest. Honestly the story here doesn’t really matter as what’s intriguing and compelling is the interplay and “relationship” between Eve and Johnny. There’s some nice scenery and “gore” here and with a running time of under 30 minutes it’s definitely worth checking out.
Angelic Wolves is a decent little short film and is elevated by the fact that it as shot and edited completely on a mobile device. This was clearly shot on a short budget. I’d definitely be intrigued to see what Dark Libra can do with a budget and some tech. This is the sort of project that makes me proud to support indie horror films.