October 20, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #2 Never Cry Werewolf (2008)
Tonight's movie is a fun ride. Never Cry Werewolf will immediately be compared to the original Fright Night (1985) and with good reason. Personally I find Never Cry Werewolf to be superior and solves every issue I had with Fright Night. This movie stars Nina Dobrev as Loren. Nina can currently be seen on The Vampire Diaries (2009) (TV), and was previously in an episode of Eleventh Hour (2009) (TV). Loren's new neighbour, and the titular werewolf, is played by Peter Stebbings who also happened to be in an episode of Eleventh Hour. Melanie Leishman plays Loren's best friend. Melanie was recently in Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010) (TV) and has second billing in the upcoming movie Stage Fright (2013), which also boasts parts for Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.
When things get rough Loren tries to turn to TV hunter and games-man Redd Tucker played by Kevin Sorbo. Kevin of course was star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) (TV), which was preceded by a number of Hercules movies. He also made appearances as Hercules in Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) (TV), and starred in the sci-fi show Andromeda (2000) (TV). Von Flores makes an appearance as Detective Stalling. Von is a familiar TV face with credits such as an episode of War of the Worlds (1988) (TV), two episodes of Friday the 13th (1988) (TV), and he was a regular on Earth: Final Conflict (1997) (TV). Von also appeared in Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996). Also from an episode of Earth: Final Conflict is Kelly Fiddick as a clerk, presumably in the sports store. Then finally to round out the acting staff of mention is Billy Otis as a pedophile killed by the werewolf for his skin. Billy of course was in Saw IV (2007) and Saw VI (2009).
Never Cry Werewolf's director, Brenton Spencer, has done directorial work on TV in The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1999) (TV), Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) (TV), Andromeda with Kevin Sorbo, and likely with Von Flores in Earth: Final Conflict. Never Cry Werewolf's writer John Sheppard was also the screenwriter for Ripper 2: Letter from Within (2004). I hope you get as much of a kick out of this one as I do.