‘Lycan’ Trailer

Lycan, a horror movie directed by Bev Land and starring Dania Ramirez, Parker Croft, Vanessa Angel, and Gail O’Grady is set to release this summer. The plot:

When six college kids in a sleepy Southern town are assigned a group project to rediscover a moment in history, one of them sets in motion a horrific fate when he proposes they head into the Georgia backwoods to tackle the legend of Emily Burt, the Talbot County werewolf. “Talbot County” is a Hitchcockian tale of horror set in 1986 that delves into a hundred year old fable where our students are met with very real consequences that go beyond any classroom lessons.

The trailer offers a gruesome glimpse of the terror in the typical horror-thriller fashion. It also offers a glimpse of the so-called werewolf that appears to look more like a mad dog than anything of a werewolf. Will we see a decent transformation scene in Lycan?  I will find out when the movie comes out in August, 2017.

‘The End’

“The End,” the two simple words in white appeared on a black background on the Grimm series finale tonight. I quietly clicked off the television and the receiver. Tears dripped from my eyes as I uttered from under my breath, “Wow, I’ll miss this series,”

Since the “Pilot” on October 28,2011, to “The End,” I sat through every Grimm episode and enjoyed every single one. I never found myself in boredom. The characters were strong and the stories were amusing.

The pilot episode lured me in right away. Grimm and Portland Police detective Nick Burkhardt meeting Monroe, a Wesen of a wolf-like creature called a blutbad, immediately hooked me into the series. That seems werewolf related, as actor Silas Weir Mitchell who plays Monroe made a guest appearance at HowlCon 2012 in Portland. As a bonus, Dee Wallace from The Howling played Monroe’s mother in a few episodes.

The way the stories were presented in Grimm was fascinating. Each episode story was based on a Brother Grimm fairytale with the series plot streaming seamlessly through each episode. Every episode had a great surprise or twist to the story. That is what makes it difficult to watch Grimm series starting from anywhere but the beginning.

The characters were strong, fitting, and with diverse personalities. Hank, Rosalee, Sergeant Wu, Sean Renard, Adalind, Juliet/Eve, and Trubel were excellent characters. I will never get over Monroe’s way of speaking with precise knowledge (he spoke the same way at HowlCon 2012). Sgt. Wu’s sarcasm and jokes. Hank and Nick working together. Renard’s shadiness and authority.

Grimm will not be forgotten, at least for me where I will have many reminders. The Portland Police, prominently portrayed respectfully in the series, are still around. Several landmarks and locations used for the Grimm set are some that I frequent. At one point, a KGW newsbreak inside the episode once had me mixed up with the real newscast from KGW, the station that aired the show.

I rarely watch television, because many shows on today are not that great. Grimm was one of the few shows I would watch. It was entertaining. It was excellent. I loved Grimm and I will miss it.

Call cease-fire in ‘Underwold: Blood Wars.”

The fifth and latest installment of the Underworld franchise battles Lycans versus Vampires once again. Underworld: Blood Wars returns since the 2012 Underworld: Awakenings with the story about a Vampire hitwoman Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fending off the Lycan pack while also facing the Vampire congregate that betrayed here. With the help of Thomas (Charles Dance) and his son, David (Theo James), she must end the never-ending fight between Lycans and Vampires.

Personally, it is apparent the Underworld franchise is becoming tired. Kate Beckinsale darts around the screen in a black PVC suit, blasting off fully automatic machine guns and throwing punches and kicks at the same time. Meanwhile, the Lycans are shown briefly in a computer-generated image up close, yet leaping in great bounds like frogs. Then there is the dark, blue-filtered. One scene was repeated for a later scene. Enough of making another movie where vampires are the good guys and werewolves are the bad guys.

I like to think Underworld has finally put the stake through the heart and a silver bullet through the head of its series. The ending of Blood Wars may have left the door wide open for another Underworld installment. Hopefully, the next installment is set for a DVD/Blu-ray or online only release, if that happens.

Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

‘Grimm’ season finale premieres Friday

The Portland-based fairy tale crime drama television series is coming to wraps in its series finale season.

“Grimm” sixth and final season premiers Friday, January 6, 2017 on NBC at an earlier time, 8:00 p.m/7:00 p.m. Central.

Last August I  posted that NBC is ending ‘Grimm’ with Season 6. NBCUniversal reported back in August the season will wrap up with thirteen episodes.

As I said in August, I will share my full thoughts about Grimm here after the season wraps up.

NBC ends ‘Grimm’ at Season 6

This Portland-based werewolf is howling mournfully and growling a bit on the reported news of the NBC fantasy television series, Grimm.

NBCUniversal reports in the press release on August 29 that Grimm will wrap up its final season with thirteen episodes starting on January 6, 2017.

“The sixth and final season of NBC’s drama “Grimm” will begin its last chapter with the battle fans have long been waiting for — Nick versus Capt. Renard,” NBCUniversal’s press release states.

Grimm is about two Portland Police detectives interacting and solving crimes with humans transforming into creatures called wesen. The pilot episode aired on October 28, 2011.

I will have my full thoughts about the Grimm series posted here on PDXWerewolf.com after the final episode airs in 2017.

What’s With Sgt. Wu on ‘Grimm’?

Note: The following content contains spoilers.

So, what is going on with Portland Police Sargent Wu on Grimm lately?

The humorous, wise-cracking Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) has encountered some strange turn of events in the on Grimm lately. In the past, he’s ended up in a psychiatric ward in Season 3 “Mommy Dearest” episode after his first encounter with a creature, or Wesen.

After his first encounter and some coaching from detectives Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who is a Grimm, and Hank Griffin (Russel Hornsby), Sgt. Wu has adapted to Wesen encounters, from woging (transforming) to responding to a gruesome Wesen-related crime scene.

Two seasons later, the series takes a brief stray from the Brother Grimm fairytales scenarios and leaps into the lycanthropy and werewolf mythology in the “Lycanthropia” episode. (Not sure if that was a spin from the name “Portlandia” the TV series or the statute perched on that hideous Portland Building).

In “Lycanthropia,” campers were violently attacked in the woods by a mysterious creature. Nick and Hank are called out to investigate the horrific, gory crime scene with the help of a wolf-like Blutbaden Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and fox-like Fuchsbau Rosalee (Bree Turner). The detectives trace the suspect back to a house where a mother and a son live. The son is taken in to the precinct for questioning and observation, but he’s eager to return home on a full moon night.

Without her son present, the mother tries to restrain herself in her safe room for her transformation. The mother transformed and escapes her safe room and is now on the loose. The detectives and her son arrive, encountering her in combative ways. Sgt. Wu tries to take the werewolf mother down, but he is scratched on the leg. The mother is shot dead. The son transforms and bellows out a mournful howl.

In “Lycantropia” episode, Monroe explains the difference between the Blutbads and lycanthropes. Blutbads are Wesens and are not werewolves, but simply wolf-like creatures in appearance whereas lycanthropes are human that transform under certain conditions. (The first time I learned about the difference between werewolves and Blutbads was from Silas himself at HOWLCON 2012 in Portland, Oregon.)

In the later episodes, several events are unfolding. Black Claw is invading Portland, parental issues with Nick, Police captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) with Adalind (Claire Coffee) and the kids Kelly and Diane.

Meanwhile, for Sgt. Wu, he’s experiencing some symptoms of lycanthropy. He’s awakening from startling nightmares. In one situation, he’s dreaming of running free in the woods, chasing down a prey, in similar fashion in the dream scene in An American Werewolf in London,then waking up to hacking a chunk of fur into the bathroom sink. He’s also experiencing heightened senses.

The “Taming of the Wu” episode where we do get to see Sgt. Wu transform. He appears to be Neanderthal-like.

I am a little disappointed. How does lycanthropy passed on by a werewolf make one appear like a primal human being?

I have completely lost the connection unless there is something I do not know until Season 6 starts later in the summer or fall. It’s unfortunate when a werewolf attack victim turns out to be like a primitive human being in the cast for “The Cave Men” than the werewolves we all know from the mythology and folklore. Albeit it, Sgt. Wu transformed is one violent character, leaving quite a gruesome, gory results.

The turn of events were six episodes ago. Season 5 just wrapped up last Friday (May 20). Season 6 is a go, so we’ll have to see what unfolds there. I might be jumping to conclusions too early.

Grimm is still a fantastic series that still keeps me interested.

Photo: Scott Green/NBC

‘Grimm’ Renews for Sixth Season

NBC’s police drama/fantasy series “Grimm” has renewed for a sixth season, The Oregonian reports. The Portland (Ore.)-set prime time series is currently airing the fifth season.

“Grimm” is a show about fantasy morphing characters known as Wesens residing in Portland, Oregon. Portland Police detectives Nick Burkhard (David Giuntoli) and his partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) solves brutal murder cases involving Wesens, and working with their captain, Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz).

Each “Grimm” episode bases its story from the Brothers Grimm fairy Tales, but the entire series story continues from the very first episode. “Grimm” is a series best understood if watched from start.

“Grimm” launched in October 2011, also starring Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Reggie Lee, and Claire Coffee.

Silas Weir Mitchell, who plays the wolf-like Wesen known as blutbad named Monroe, also appeared at HOWLCON 2012.

Take Your Mother Out to Dinner in ‘Mom’

A son taking his mother out for dinner is a kind gesture of mother-son relationship. In the case of news reporter and son Clay Dwyer and his mother Emily, that may not be such a good thing in Mom.

News anchor Clay Dwyer (Mark Thomas Miller) visits his sweet, elderly mother, Emily (Jeanne Bates). Clay makes a holiday visit to his mother’s house. Emily also offers a room for rent at her house to Nestor Duvalier (Brion James) is a nomad who is also apparently a werewolf.

A sudden string of brutal murders take place in Los Angeles. The murders, however, are not like any other, instead appear to be animal-like attacks. Clay investigates the murders on his own and discovers who the demonic flesh-eating beasts are.

Mom feels mellow and tame without many elements of surprise throughout most of the film. It is also flick that offers the 1980s campy cinematic practical effect traits. This movie is a great selection for a movie night party with some riffing involved.

One question that the movie raises is, are the beasts in the movie werewolves or flesh-eaters? The face and eyes only transformed into the beast form. Everything else remained human.

True, the curse passed on through the bite. The transformation presented no fur and no claws. I added Mom to my werewolf movie line-up despite the questionable beast, but that remains open for a debate.

Mom is a 1991 comedy-horror directed by Patrick Rand. It is rated R for gore and language. The runtime is 95 minutes.

Image: MGM

That ‘Grimm’ Feeling

With “Grimm” season 5 underway intensely, the series never fails to keep me at the edge of my seat. I recall close to the end of Season 4, which hexenbeist Juliett torched Nick’s trailer, the silver classic Airstream that contained all the grimm artifacts that was handed down from his Aunt Marie. The trailer in the series is charcoal now.

The trailer once sat in a storage yard in NW Portland near the Fremont Bridge through Season 3 until being moved out to the forest at the end of Season 3.

Much to my surprise on Monday out in the Columbia River Gorge shooting photos, I came across this one silver trailer sitting in the forest alone. There were no paths or vehicles  near it. I thought to myself, “Anut Marie’s trailer reincarnated! Sweet!”

It was a perfect scene. It literally looked ripped from “Grimm.” I felt as if I just stepped onto the set of “Grimm.”

“Grimm” is filmed in the Portland (Ore.) area.

Well, it looked very close to the trailer in “Grimm” except for having a single window instead of double, and a few other small details.