Yikes, I feel like I havenâ€™t written in a long time and am getting very close to the â€œand he never did againâ€ zone so here I am forcing myself. Letâ€™s talk about THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW because I love that movie and that should take the edge off. I mean, this flick offers two of my favorite things (wolves and snow) right in the title! How often does that happen? And it delivers so much more; itâ€™s genuinely funny, legit scary, surprisingly soulful and itâ€™s finely crafted all around (the cinematography and score are exquisite). Itâ€™s perfectly cast with memorable characters and it just happens to be the last film to feature the great Robert Forster (to whom it is dedicated). It can stand on its hind legs right up there with the best werewolf films of all time.
Jim Cummings stars as John Marshall, a small town cop dealing with multiple savage (and old school gory) murders while also juggling AA meetings, a snippy daughter and a father who may be more ill than he is letting on. The guy is literally splitting at the seams under the pressure and itâ€™s both highly comical and painfully relatable. Cummings is fantastic in the role and he has the type of intense, manic energy that reminded me of horror legend Jeffrey Combs. Hereâ€™s the thing that blew my mind though- that I didnâ€™t figure out until the closing credits: Jim Cummings not only stars in TWOSH, he also wrote and directed it (!!!) This blows my mind because I canâ€™t think of many talents that could do all three and the ones I can think of donâ€™t do werewolves and canâ€™t crack me up heartily multiple times throughout a film. Color me impressed.
SNOW HOLLOW miraculously has got me putting it in the same camp as my lifelong faves AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON & THE HOWLING (not an easy accomplishment by any stretch). The effects are top notch and as humorous as it is, it also has a haunting quality as it takes the time to humanize its multiple victims. Actually, thereâ€™s an abundance of humanity on display here; the way Cummings juxtaposes lycanthropy with the pitfalls of alcoholism is brilliant. Riki Lindhome (who was also great in the LAST HOUSE remake) brings much quiet power to her patient detective sidekick role and Jimmy Tatro delivers a crazy amount of depth with a handful of scenes. Robert Forester is Robert Forster and he rules. Itâ€™s fantastic, well-earned kismet that he should close out his career with such a respectable role in a genre film. Talking about this movie just makes me want to see it again and Iâ€™m looking forward to many revisits in the future. Track down THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW as fast as you can; donâ€™t let it get away.
You have to watch Cummings’ Thunder Road.
Yes! i want to see that so bad now. We just got rid of Amazon Prime (we rarely used it) and of course itâ€™s on there! It looks like its on some pay- for view services but I may just buy the DVD instead ! I have a feeling Iâ€™ll want to own it.
While Iâ€™m here: I forgot to mention in the review how much I enjoyed this movie as a mystery/who-done-it! It really scratched my Scooby Doo itch! And know Iâ€™m on a werewolf tear and am going to visit some of the classics!
It’s also on Kanopy, if you have a library card.
Aw that would be perfect! My library does Hoopla instead though and it looks like its not there! I think I am going to place an order to borrow the DVD from the library (theyâ€™re allowing pick-ups now) rather than buy it now cuz it’s kinda pricey. Thanks for your help! Now I’m on a mission!
Oh wait! Looks like I can do Kanopy as well! Thats just what I’m going to do! Thanks, raphaeladidas! Ya saved me 20 clams!
Thunder Road is also free for anyone who has Amazon Prime through their included Prime Video service.
raphealaddidas & bdwilcox,
finally got to check out THUNDER ROAD on Canopy and I loved it. Heartbreaking and darkly funny and such a great poetic character study. Itâ€™s strange I noticed every bad review of WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW seemed to be bashing Cummings as an actor and I think heâ€™s awesome. My theory is some people canâ€™t handle emotional vulnerability in male characters and just become enraged- meanwhile, I LOVE it; so therapeutic for me to see someone grappling like that between anger and sorrow and then suddenly overwhelmed with the simple beauty of the world. So glad I checked it out.