ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON THE HORROR HOTHOUSE
Written, directed and produced by Peter Dukes comes short independent werewolf film, The Beast.
The Dream Seekers Production, running at just 12 minutes long and shot in a single night with a budget of $700, is a perfect example of the brilliance of independent cinema. It showcases that, no matter how limited a filmmaker is in terms of budget and time, if the talent is there to begin with then they can blow big-budget Hollywood features clean out of the water.
The Beast is a werewolf film with a difference, focusing mostly on the emotional struggles of a father whose son is cursed with a lycanthropic affliction. Starring indie horror icon Bill Oberst Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies and Take This Lollipop) as the father in question, the film is set in the woods on the night of the full moon. Michel (Bill Oberst Jr.) and his brother Douglas (Peter Le Bas) venture into the woods with an aim of tying Michel’s son Jacob (Alexander Le Bas) to a tree to prevent him from hurting anyone once he has transformed in a werewolf. However, following on from untold months of this, it seems the uncle has come up with another solution to end Jacob’s suffering and keep the town safe.