Inspired by real-life, historical events, writer and director Adrian Panek turns the nightmare of the Holocaust into literal monsters. One-part survival horror, one-part wartime thriller with a dash of coming-of-age drama, 'Werewolf' is an unconventional, yet beautifully haunting contemporary dark fable. Summer of 1945. Eight children recently liberated from the Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Poland are left in an abandoned villa, deep in the forest, without food or water. After the atrocities of the camp, the children slowly begin to regain what is left of their childhood. But when a pack of starving dogs besiege the house, the terrified children must again depend on their primal survival instincts if they are going to survive the night.
Boring arthouse drama
- Werewolf review by Alphaville
Don’t be fooled by the title. This is an unforgivably dull Polish film about a bunch of children – concentration camp survivors – holed up in an abandoned mansion in the forest. Over the course of the film they come to terms with their liberation and with each other. As none of them hold any audience interest, it’s hard to care. The plot also has them attacked by bad dogs, but don’t expect any exciting action. This is arthouse cinema at its dreariest.