By Jason London
A creature of ancient legend manifests, bound to protect the ecological balance of the land and killing anyone that threatens it. This elusive guardian is initially both feared and celebrated by the locals, but when a deadly curse affects them all, they must unite and recapture the monster wolf’s spirit or face their ultimate doom.
The creature is a monster wolf that kills to protect the planet from the scourge of filthy humans that desecrate and pollute it? If only that crazy anti-mankind environmentalist that took the Discovery Channel hostage a week ago could have lived to see this Syfy original!
Monster Wolf stars Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo, Blade II's Leonor Varela, and Jason London (Dracula II: Ascension, Dracula III: Legacy) under the direction of Todor Chapkanov, the man in the director's chair for such other Syfy originals as Copperhead, Ghost Town, and Thor: Hammer of the Gods.
By Michelle Hassenstab
I know that some people's taste in films are different. To me I thought this movie was good, but I like out-of-the-ordinary films and also I love films that are based on legends.
A group of people who represent an oil company find new ground to drill for oil but then accidentally unleash a wolf-like creature. The creature wrecks havoc in the town and can only be stopped by the last surviving Native American.
Monsterwolf was Great Fun!
11 October 2010 | by filmblogger82
I am an avid watcher of SyFy's original movies and always find myself laughing at the how poorly made the films are, so when I finished watching Monsterwolf on Saturday night, I have to admit that SyFy has stepped it up with this one! Sure, the CGI wolf was laughable at times, but overall the effects were pretty good, the cast was great, the script was fun, and some of the locations were beautiful. I hope to see more quality movies like this from SyFy as I was a little concerned about the future of the Saturday night premieres after some of the recent releases. The frustrating thing for me when I typically watch these movies is that it is pretty clear that they don't care if the movie looks good, don't care about the effects, don't care about the acting. It was nice to feel like SyFy actually cared about making a good movie! Haha.
Creators probably have done a "monster wolf" based on Native lore hundreds if not thousands of times in horror stories. If the monster is trying to protect the land rather than destroy everything, that may narrow it down to hundreds.
I'm guessing the creators invented the so-called legend, so I can't be too impressed there. The Native character calls the creature something like "kachina weya," which sounds Hopi. I'm pretty sure the Hopi don't have legends about monster wolves in Louisiana.
At least Native actor Steve Reevis played Chief Turner, presumably the "last surviving Native American." But the concept of one last Indian who hasn't vanished with the rest sounds problematical, to say the least.
All in all, Monsterwolf looks like a standard horror B-movie.
For more on Indians and the supernatural, see The Legend of Industrial Ghost-Wolf and The Great Escapist in Supernatural.