Western and horror are kind of a weird pairing of genres in that there have been several different attempts at merging the two, and very rarely done particularly well.
2014/2015’s film “Blood Moon” is not one of those that is done particularly well.
The writers of this film appear to have taken every possible generic Western-genre stereotype, just about every creature feature genre stereotype, and crammed them all in a blender and dumped out the result onto a roll of film. It is bad. Hilariously so, though I don’t think it’s quite intentional. It takes itself entirely too seriously to be self-aware of its own humor.
So, the film itself:
- Literally everything takes place in a saloon or in a horse-drawn carriage
- Nobody can keep up their southern/british accents for any amount of time
- Hamfistedly mysterious generic monster hunter character
- Overt racism
- Overt misogyny
- Overt racism AND misogyny (seriously, they cast a half-Japanese, half-white actress to play a drunkard Navajo spiritualist)
- Deus ex machina all over everything
- Literally way more people die from Western shootouts than the werewolf
- And the Yeti at Disney World’s Expedition Everest ride looks more realistic than this werewolf
- Attempts to play the werewolf as a Navajo skinwalker without doing any research on skinwalker mythos, it seems like they just made shit up (see: overt racism)
- Hamfistedly mysterious repeated line that means Absolutely Nothing
- Some of the worst CGI transformations since American Werewolf in Paris
1.5/5 as a serious film
5/5 as a film to laugh about with friends