Set during medieval times, the film follows Thorfinn (Peter Lofsgard), a village boy. One night, Thorfinn’s village is attacked by a violent pack of werewolves. As a result of the unexpected attack, Thorfinn loses his parents, brother and the love of his life. The entire village is left in ashes.
The leaders of Thorfinn’s village call upon a small group of knights to fight and hunt the vicious beasts. Thorfinn offers to lead the Knights to their destination with hopes of gaining revenge. But the problem for Thorfinn is that he isn’t a knight, and he isn’t a soldier. He’s not even skilled with a weapon apart from carrying an axe from his dead father. But Thorfinn is determined.
Werewolf Castle is best described as a horror film with bloody kills, gore and adventure. With a similar plot to The 13th Warrior (1999), a weak leading character joins a group of knights and tries not to die on the deadly journey.
Werewolf Castle has clearly been made on a small-scale budget, but aspects like the set designs and locations shine. It’s fun to see scenery such as villages, rivers, and, most excitingly, a large old castle in the third act. As for the killer werewolves, while it’s evident that they are people in costume, the work in this area is creative and pleasing. Those who love some blood and gore will enjoy what’s on display here, too, and while some kills occur off-screen, it’s still appreciative to witness.
However, the film lacks very little for movie lovers to sink their teeth into when it comes to plot and story. The plot and premise are highly familiar, beat for beat, and there are either uninteresting or slow moments. There are poor performances, mostly because of the script, which feels unfitting, unrealistic and downright corny. The soundtrack has moments that feel fitting, but it is offbeat and highly repetitive at other times. The most exciting portion is the third act, which is set in a large castle filled with many beasts. The ending has many unexplainable aspects that will only frustrate viewers.
Overall, for fans of werewolves, medieval times, swords and bloody kills, this is a film for you to experience. While the film is certainly B-grade, there are still some aspects to enjoy, such as the locations, scenery, solid kills (even when they occur off-screen), and the costume designs of the killer beasts are fun. But the plot offers very little entertainment. It’s familiar and sadly predictable to films before it. The dialogue here is cringe-worthy and corny, lacking any real bite or substance. Werewolf Castle carries a few minor elements that are tasty, but this doesn’t come close to matching my desires or appetite as the credits appear.