Curse of the Queerwolf

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Larry Smalbut (Michael Palazzolo) is a man’s man, he loves to drink beer, hang with his friends, and of course, get some action from the lovely ladies. In fact, he and his best friend Richard Cheese (Kent Butler) frequent some of Los Angeles’ more low rent night spots, since the poontang is easier to score in those places. But one mistake changes Larry’s life forever, as a routine trim hunt becomes a complete nightmare. Larry meets a woman and decides to take things to the next level, unaware of what dangers lurk just ahead. In the midst of the carnal pleasures, Larry gets bitten on the ass by his date and while that might sound kinky, it turns out to be a big problem. You see, his date isn’t really a woman and beyond that, his date is no normal dude. No, he is a dickenthrope or a Queerwolf, one that has sunk its teeth right into Larry’s hairy cheeks. Now he is desperate to learn more, so he visits a gypsy and she tells him his fate, as his hand bears the pansygram, the sure sign of a Queerwolf victim. Next time the sky reveals a full moon, Larry will become a stark raving Queerwolf, in search of male flesh to devour. Can Larry ever find a cure for this ailment and if not, can he ever come to grips with his new homosexual lifestyle?

This movie has a humorous premise with immense potential, but thanks to the limited budget involved, that potential isn’t fulfilled. This is because some low end equipment was used and by turn, that caused a poor visual presentation and bland, always looped audio content. So what could have been a hilarious, innovative spoof comes off as a low rent, slapped together home movie that looks & sounds like garbage at times. Even so, the premise is excellent and it shines through at times, even if the worn visuals almost don’t allow it to be seen. The humor is rampant and most of it works, especially the assorted names and terms, switched from werewolf to Queerwolf, like Dickenthrope, Larry Smalbut, and such. I wanted to like this movie and in the end, I had fun with it, but the lack of polish is hard to overlook. I’ve seen tons of low rent horror movies, but most at least have clean visuals, even ones far worse than Curse of the Queerwolf. If you can overlook the dismal visuals however, this is a fun movie that draws upon a wide range of horror inspiration, so its not like all is lost here. Most of the jokes work, the premise is great, and this disc has a solid assortment of supplements to boot. In the end, the movie’s production limitations can’t outweigh the fun potential, so Curse of the Queerwolf is recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Curse of the Queerwolf is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, which is not enhanced for widescreen television. This movie was made on low, low funds and it shows, as this is a very lackluster presentation. You can’t fault MTI however, as the source materials are to blame, thanks to the low end equipment and stock used in the production. The image is loaded with grain and looks very soft, kind of like an old home movie of some kind. The director went back and did some work on the transfer, so I assume this is an improvement over previous editions, but it still looks like a low end, super low budget picture. The print is laden with grain, marks, and debris, which means the image is always soft and detail is obscured throughout. I am scoring this on a slanted scale, due to the limited source materials, but even so, this is a subpar visual treatment.

Audio: How does it sound?

A basic, but more acceptable soundtrack is found here, which is eons better than the poor visual presentation. You can tell the bulk of the audio was looped in, but synch is never an issue and that’s good news. Its obvious that most of the dialogue was dubbed back in, but the transition is smoother than you might think. The same holds true with the sound effects, though they don’t seem as a natural. So it sounds more like looping, since there is minimal consistency on the whole, though it doesn’t hinder the experience much. I can’t ask for much else here, as this was a low budget production with low end equipment, so as this is a passable treatment, I see no reason to complain too much.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A new featurette starts us off, as Completely From Behind chronicles the evolution of the Queerwolf feature film. At just under half an hour, this piece has ample time for insight and makes for a very interesting program. The bulk of the feature is handled by director Mark Pirro, who reveals all kinds of information about the production, including an endless stream of humorous anecdotes that are well worth a look. A number of other cast & crew members are also interviewed, so a nice overview of memories is found in this featurette. Pirro returns in an audio commentary session, in which he is joined by friend Patrick Hunter. This covers some of the same ground as the featurette, but is also full of new insights and asides, including some comments on material added in for this DVD release. This disc also includes a clip of the Queerwolf from A Polish Vampire in Burbank, a talent file for Pirro, and the film’s trailer.

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