Late Phases (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Horror, Drama
95 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Late Phases Review


When deadly beasts attack from the forest, it is up to a grizzled veteran to uncover what the residents of a secluded retirement community are hiding.

Late Phases (2014) is an American drama horror film that is 95 minutes and was shot in Hudson Valley, New York, USA and Rhinebeck, New York, USA. Adrian Garcia Bogliano (The ABCs of Death (2012), Here Comes the Devil (2012), I’ll Never Die Alone (2008), Cold Sweat (2010)) did a fabulous job executing his first feature film in the English. I must admit that I had fun watching this movie and guessing who the werewolf might be as the movie progresses. I was shaking my head and say, duh, of course, that person is the werewolf, how did I not guess it? The movie contains brief nude pics, lots of guts and blood everywhere, bad language, thrills, suspense, unsteady pacing, and frightening scenes.

Ambrose ( Nick Damici - Stake Land (2010), Cold in July (2014), Mulberry St (2006), We Are What We Are (2013)) is a fiercely independent blind Vietnam vet, and his German Shepherd dog is moving into a retirement community on the edge of a forest. Ambrose is not too excited to move and starts picking looking at headstones for his funeral although he was nowhere close to death. Ambrose, son, Will ( Ethan Embry - Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), Eagle Eye (2008), Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Vacancy (2007)) helped him move but immediately rushed back to have dinner with his wife. Will and his father are not on the best of terms. Ambrose met a few neighbors who became not too fond of him shortly after. The one person that Ambrose felt a connection with ends up being attacked by an animal that killed her and Ambrose dog, Shadow.

Ambrose heard a loud commotion on Dolores part of the complex he shares with her and investigates to find a massive creature attacking him. Shadow saved Ambrose but lost his life to the large creature in return. The creature/werewolf escaped, and the police brush off the attack as an animal attack, so Ambrose began his own investigation leading him to believe that it has to be something supernatural. Ambrose is smart and knows that he has one month until the next full moon to prepare himself to be strong enough to battle with the large creature. Ambrose suspects everyone in his community of being the giant creature and I was heartbroken at the end of the movie to see the final outcome, sad.

Overall, the movie was an awesome werewolf watch as the actors did an excellent job with their roles and it had good cinematography, a great storyline that works really well, good music but nothing too memorable with average special effects. I think the majority of werewolves fan will enjoy this movie as it was beautiful in many ways although it had mishaps and plot holes. I gave this movie a six because it reminded me of Silver Bullet (1985) and a few other movies so, yes it was a cliche.

About Late Phases 2014

Title: Late Phases
Year: 2014
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
Starring: Larry Fessenden, Ethan Embry, Nick Damici, Rutanya Alda, Tom Noonan, Charles Techman, Dana Ashbrook, Caitlin O'Heaney, Lance Guest, Karen Lynn Gorney, Al Sapienza, Linda Miller, David Greathouse, Laurent Rejto, Tina Louise, Frances Sherman, Bernardo Cubria, Dick Rizzo, Karron Graves, Haythem Noor, Kareem Savinon, Carlos Lopez, Ralph Cashen, Nancy Rubel, Raina, Natalie Bain, Matthew Goldpaugh, Joe James, Erin Cummings, Jon Kassler
Writers: Eric Stolze
Director: Adrián García Bogliano