After working on the effects for such great horrors as Neil Marshall’s The Descent plus Eden Lake, Wilderness, The Children and Heartless, prosthetics loving Paul Hyett turned his hand to directing in 2012 with The Seasoning House. Much loved by our own Dr Lenera (review), the Seasoning House was a brutal horror film that received glowing reviews.
Hyett now turns to the Werewolf genre, and the first trailer for Howl has now been unleashed, and (excuse my language here) its fucking awesome!
I was buzzing watching this trailer, with its awesome setup, brilliant sense of chilling horror and some truly jaw dropping real special effects (don’t see any CGI here!), Howl looks like a horror fans dream come true. The cast all look impressive, giving off a sort of Dog Soldiers vibe but with a much darker tone, and the promise of some horrific and gruesome violence looks to be delivered in spades.
Howl, in short, looks terrific!
Howl, directed by Paul Hyett and written by Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby, stars Ed Speleers and Shauna Macdonald.
Joe, a young ticket-collector, is riding the last train out of London on a dark and stormy night along with a meager bunch of passengers. When the train brakes violently and comes to a sudden halt deep in the middle of a forest, it seems they have hit something on the line. But when the driver ventures out to investigate he never returns, leaving the passengers in a state of panic – particularly when Joe sees the driver’s mutilated body outside the carriage.
Realising there’s something dangerous lurking in the forest, Joe tells the passengers to make barricades to secure themselves in the carriage but soon the deadly creature is stalking the besieged train and smashing through their defences, picking them off one-by-one. Joe rallies his ‘pack’ of passengers to fight back. During a vicious battle they manage to kill the creature, revealing it to be a hideous mutated fusion of human and wild animal – a werewolf. However, celebrations are cut short when they hear more howls coming from the forest…