The Beast is a horror short starting Bill Oberst, Jr. and is a little over 12 minutes long, most of which is credits. The story takes place in a mountainous area with beautiful landscapes. A young man has been scratched by a werewolf and struggles with the upcoming change alongside his father and uncle. His father wants to protect his son while the uncle wants to protect himself from the monster he knows is coming. As night falls, the young man is chained to a tree, but is asked to be let go so he can “relieve” himself. The uncle and father are prepared with guns to defend themselves. Things heat up as the boy undergoes the dreaded change and turns on his family. His father has to make a hard decision that no father should have to make: can he kill his own son
The opening scene is beautiful with the mountains. It’s definitely a wonderful sight. However, it was ruined with the poor quality of the prosthetic scratch marks on the boy’s neck. You’d think the crew/artist would have done a better job making the marks stick to the boy’s skin. It was coming up around the edges like no scar I’ve ever seen. It also looked like someone’s finger slipped and smeared the powder.
As the scene progresses, I have respect for the acting abilities of the characters. You can see the love the father has for his son and the anticipation the uncle has for the inevitable. The young boy has the acceptance for what he is to become and knowledge of what he has to do to keep everyone safe. It helped make the accents a little more real, yet I wish the son would have picked one. He sounded very American one minute and then Irish later. As the movie progressed, it was more difficult to watch the reactions as the lighting was awful. Even though it was supposed to be nighttime, the use of some lighting is good to see the reactions on the faces. Maybe this would have helped show the fear on the father’s face as he was confronted with the anticipated change of his son. As the father was begging his son, it was completely unbelievable that he was talking to a monster. There was no fear, only pleading. I find this highly unlikely.
When we finally get to see the wolf, we are incredibly disappointed. The costume is mocking us with a cheap headdress on a boy’s body. The only thing I could think about was “when did we enter Where the Wild Things Are?” As an audience, we are always looking for “bigger and badder” werewolves. We want to be awed. This can still be done on a small budget, but this film fell short.
This movie was saved by the climactic ending. The pleading by the father and the end standoff left us wondering how it was going to end, only to be shocked! KUDOS!
The movie was pretty well done and had a great, loving story mixed with supernatural beings and climaxes leaving you on the edge of your seat.
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