In the past few years, vampires on film have undergone something of a change. Thanks to Twilight, the vampire and romance genres have blended to make the fanged creature of the night into a hunky heartthrob with a soft side. Thankfully, that morphed version of Nosferatu hasn’t morphed the genre as a whole. The Iranian horror/western hybrid A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is faithful to vampires as bloodthirsty monsters but instead of making a love story fit only for the teenage girl demographic, this vampire tale has blood, genuine scares and yes, a quirky union between vampire and human.
With the teen supernatural genre boom courtesy of Twilight, movies dealing with dark creatures have been dumbed down and cater to kids hungry for mindless entertainment. Sometimes, a film slips through that is intelligent and pays homage to the characters and their stories in a respectful manner but sadly, Wolves is not one of them. It has all of the ingredients that made the Twilight saga successful and then some. Unfortunately, those qualities aren’t the same as quality cinema. It has a very cheap feel to it and will probably fall into Netflix Instant obscurity.
Kristen Stewart is something of an anomaly. She’s a beautiful young actress who started out in supernatural romantic drivel but is thankfully maturing as a talented thespian. She could have easily remained in Twilight-like fare but she has basically graduated to more grownup features. Her newest film Camp X-Ray is a powerful dramatic effort that places Stewart in a setting you’d never picture her in, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The film is a brave effort from Stewart and certainly one of the best films of the year. Here’s hoping it doesn’t fall through the cracks.