Tis the season – Brotherhood of the Wolf – Le Pacte des Loupes

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“The Brotherhood of the Wolf” plays like an explosion at the genre factory. When the smoke clears, a rough beast lurches forth, its parts cobbled together from a dozen movies. The film involves quasi-werewolves, French aristocrats, secret societies, Iroquois Indians, martial arts, occult ceremonies, sacred mushrooms, swashbuckling, incestuous longings, political subversion, animal spirits, slasher scenes and bordellos, and although it does not end with the words “based on a true story,” it is.

via The Brotherhood Of The Wolf Movie Review (2002) | Roger Ebert.

16 comments

  1. I better look for this! Put me down for quasi-werewolves (whatever they are), aristocrats (if they are villains), Iroquois warriors, secret societies – oh heck, I’ll just take the whole sampler. Thanks for the info.

  2. aubrey

    LOVELOVELOVE this movie. Check in all reason at the door, settle down and enjoy a truly madcap ride!

    It also features what must be the…happiest brothel I’ve ever seen, and what must be the finest kill I’ve ever seen (a fan as a weapon? count me in!)

  3. George Kaplan

    I’ve known about Brotherhood of the Wolf (great title) for years but now I really want to see it! Thanks Vickie!
    Apropos of nothing, have you ever seen Donnie Darko (original theatrical cut)? I LOVE that movie: stunning use of sound, cinematography, and editing, a bewitching blend of Love, time travel, paradoxes, mental illness, dark humour, pain, creepy high school choreography, hypocrisy, Strangeness and Beauty. The use of music is stunning too. The Killing Moon (Echo and the Bunnymen), Under the Milky Way (The Church), and Head Over Heels (Tears For Fears) have never sounded so good, but the killer is a cover of Mad World used in a context that tears my heart out EVERY TIME. Not only that, but the cast, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Beth Grant, Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, Katherine Ross etc. is eclectic and rarely better. An off-kilter film for Halloween that actually *takes place* partly on Halloween! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…you’ll say “what was that?!” I adore it. Ahem. Could you tell?!

  4. it`s an ambiguous martial arts, French pre-revolutionary drama, with wigs, Satanic secret societies run by werewolves, scantily clad peasant maidens, creepy, dodgy aristos chanting to Beelzebub in dank, draughty castle cellars, and it`s a fantastical, exhilarating, energizing, amphetamine fueled stylish period thriller. What more do you need. it`s John Woo meets Laclos. great stuff.

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