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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Marsupials: The Howling III (2987)

Just when you thought it was safe to do down under…this dreadful piece of film making arises.  The Howling III is supposed to be a comedy/horror but fails at both.  Here’s why:

The biggest obstacle to enjoying this movie are the not-so-special effects.  Unlike Rick Baker’s marvelous werewolves from The Howling, Bob McCarron give an completely inconsistent look to the “werewolves with kangaroo pouches” or whatever the heck they’re supposed to be.  At one point they look like your typical werewolf.  At another their fake rubber snouts look more like pigs.  Then there’s the birth pouch on the female lead that I found to be utterly ridiculous.  All of this is surprising when you learn that McCarron also did special makeup effects on films like The Matrix (1999), Dead Alive (1992) and Mad Max II (1981).  Perhaps the fault lies with the director. Philippe Mora, instead.  I’d like to think that McCarron gave Mora what he wanted, no matter how hokey it was!

In addition to the bad effects, the screen play has lots of holes in it as well.  What exactly are these people?  Werewolves?  Kangaroos?  I seriously don’t know!  It all comes across as a bit of a red hot mess.  If they had just stuck with the werewolf angle this film would have been a lot more cohesive.  At it stands, the origin of the “Marsupials” comes across as utter non-sense.

The one bright spot in this film is actress Imogen Annesley [Queen of the Damned] who plays the female lead, Jerboa.  Not only is she strikingly beautiful.  She also has a magnetic presence on-screen.  It’s just too bad they gave her such terrible material to work with because I think she could have been really fantastic in this role.

As far as I’m concerned you can throw this film on the barbie and let it roast until it’s reduced to ashes.  You’ve been warned!


For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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