'The Howling Reborn' DVD Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Directed by: Joe Nimziki
Starring: Landon Liboiron (TV’s ‘Terra Nova,’ ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’), Lindsey Shaw (TV’s ’10 Things I Hate about You,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars’) and Ivana Milicevic (‘Casino Royale,’ ‘Vanilla Sky’)
Rebooting a successful 1980-90s horror franchise is often a nerve-racking experience for filmmakers, as they have to create a unique story that stays true to the original series. For a first-time screenwriter-director, the challenge can be even more intimidating, as they also have to prove their filmmaking skills. But Joe Nimziki, the writer-director of the upcoming film ‘The Howling: Reborn,’ which hits DVD on October 18, 2011, showed his talent by scripting a horror movie with a deep emotional connection. He also proved his talent by casting lead actors who truly bonded.
‘The Howling: Reborn’ follows shy high school senior Will Kidman (played by Landon Liboiron) as he prepares for his graduation and finally connects with the mysterious Eliana Wynter (portrayed by Lindsey Shaw), who he’s liked for the past four years. As the two get to know each other, Will discovers a dark secret-that he’s the heir of a powerful line of werewolves. Eliana takes a chance on Will, and helps him make the difficult choice of succumbing to his primal nature or turning against his own kind and retaining his humanity. Will’s best friend Sachin (played by Jesse Rath) also helps him fight his destiny and save Eliana by supplying his friend with continuous knowledge of lycanthropes.
Nimziki made the right decision in hiring Liboiron and Shaw to portray the lead characters in ‘The Howling: Reborn.’ His script is creative in the sense that he perfectly balanced a blossoming love story with gruesome killings, so he needed two skilled actors to believably portray the lead characters’ growing emotional bond as they fight to save their lives. As the director has said, he auditioned countless actors across America and Canada for the two roles, and when Liboiron and Shaw read together, he immediately knew he had to cast them both.
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