Night of the Wild (2015) Review

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Who Let the Dogs Out

Night of the Wild: (2015): 8 out of 10: Asylum films get a bad rap. Quite correctly, in many cases. But what is up with the hate for this film? I mean really what more could you want from a nature goes wild movie? It has decent practical effects, I’ve seen worse CGI effects, none of the acting is visibly risible, and the action doesn’t let up. 

If it glows green, shoot it, is a good starting point for any adventure.

Giant green meteors land in a rural California village, or perhaps the Hamptons with mountains. It wasn’t all that clear. This somehow causes all the dogs to go crazy, apparently through meteor sound if the one deaf dog is to be believed. This, of course, makes zero sense. Also making zero sense is the characters not noticing the giant green glowing things throughout the landscape. In fairness to the characters, I am pretty sure the meteors were not actually there when filming but were added in post-production with The Asylum’s magical Commodore 64.

I could have filled this review with scenes of dismembered extras. The movie really knows how to put together an impressive body count.

I recently viewed the similarly themed The Pack. The Pack is on the surface a much better film. It has better cinematography, scarier looking dogs, an actual plot and most importantly it stars ridiculously attractive Anna Lise Phillips. Night of the Wild has Housewives star, Jill Zarin. (Who in all fairness isn’t all that bad in a limited role as a chew toy). But The Pack has fewer cast members than Night of the Wild has kills in the first ten minutes. Night of the Wild knows why we watch a nature gone wild movie. It isn’t for story, pacing, and a rumination on the struggles of rural America (or Australia in The Pack’s instance).

The dogs have RPGs I repeat the dogs have RPGs

Night of the Wild is a fun movie that knows it is fun and simply goes about its business. It isn’t obnoxiously self-referential, and it is completely lensed and has a surprisingly good pace. Well worth the watch.

Tristin Mays leads a solid cast.
Okay, now I am frightened.
I get a nice seventies vibe from this.
You know I could have just filled this review with Tristin Mays shots. She is one of those people who never seems to take a poor picture.
Yeah, I am not getting a killer vibe from this very good boy. Yes, you are. Yes, you are.
What in the name of Asylum is above this girl’s head? Is it taxidermy? CGI gone very wrong. The world’s highest doggie door?
Crowd trying to get into The Winchester.
Blood or paint… you decide.

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