Movie Review: ‘Late Phases’ A Werewolf Flick That Is All Bark and No Bite

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Cole Clay // Film Critic

LATE PHASES | 95 min. | Rated R | Director: Adrián García Bogliano | Stars: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance GuestTina LouiseRutanya Alda and Tom Noonan

Despite the TWILIGHT SAGA’s take on lycanthropy, it’s an incredibly fascinating affliction to feature on camera. Having a man come into touch with the ravenous instincts that lie within and completely change form is utterly terrifying and gives endless options for prosthetics and lore to take hold of the story. But not with LATE PHASES. This bland take on werewolves has an excellent premise and a slow burn to its pacing that had a lot of promise, but unfortunately, it wrote a few checks the script couldn’t cash.

Ambrose (Nick Damici), a blind veteran, is forced to live at Crescent Bay retirement community by his WASPY son Will (Ethan Embry), when residents are mysteriously getting murdered the grizzled war vet rallies the troops to find out if it’s man, or beast committing the heinous acts.

Spanish director Adrian Garcia Bogliano has a clear objective for the film, but what the filmmaker misses is developing a genuine amount of tension within the confines of the film. Luckily Damici’s “get off my lawn” schtick and Embry’s stubborn son archetype form at least somewhat of a dynamic, but the misguided plot is enough to put a silver bullet straight through the heart of the film.

LATE PHASES is playing in select theaters, and is also available on VOD.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.