Desert Wolf is a throwback to the fun, scary horror creature features of the 1980’s, in the vein of werewolf classics The Wolf Man (1941) and Wolf (1994). The film follows a series of vicious attacks that occur in a small Arizona town. The residents are terrified for their lives, as the death toll rises with each full moon. Their sheriff hunts down the beast responsible for the carnage.
We first got a taste of Beau Yotty’s work with last years, Unearthed: The Curse of the Nephthys. Which was a little slow burn for me, maybe because I wasn’t really sure what was really trying to be executed. That was until Tessa and I had the privilege to actually chat with Beau Yotty himself, and it was from there we really got to know what and how he creates his own stories to make them work.
Now let’s get into his latest piece of cinema, Desert Wolf. Shot in Arizona, Beau Yotty set’s out to create something nostalgic. Does he execute the film successfully? I believe he did, because of the throw back to the older films.
Desert Wolf didn’t make me feel lost or confused, like mentioned above I was rather the opposite this time around. I was glued to the screen and liked the idea of not really seeing much of the monster until the end. Which those are really the best ones, as it makes your imagination run wild. Yes, we may already know the premise of the film, but that’s not the point. It’s to enjoy a creation that gives a nod to the old films, if anything it makes us want to go back and re-watch those old classics. Whether it was dull or great, we all can at least agree we enjoy these monster films.
Besides some acting that felt, well silly, which it’s suppose to be really. I mean look at the older films, they seem silly and well, like those who were a part of the projects were just having fun. The atmosphere for this particular Werewolf movie was quite different than your average Werewolves, but that’s what I liked most about it. Plus if you’re a fan of Beau’s work, then what you practically see shouldn’t be as a surprise. Cowboys, deserts, evil situations, curses. It’s built for Lone Gunslinger Pictures.
Actors and actresses were also local people from Arizona, which is one thing I really enjoy about these projects. Beau reaches out for local talent wherever he’s planning to shoot in. Like we saw in Unearthed: The Curse of the Nephthy’s, I’d like to say Beau did research with the tribes around the area, if not in general. Which helps the lore of these creatures pop. Add real life facts, real situations, we get ourselves a pretty damn well made tribute to the 1980’s of horror. Desert Wolf isn’t a film to miss from Beau’s Team.
In conclusion, Desert Wolf by Beau Yotty is a fun, “scary” watch. I don’t really get scared easily, so pardon the quotations, I wouldn’t feel right leaving them out. Ha. The music that was composed for the film is just perfect, it fits well as if it was suppose to be in this particular genre if not film itself. I know this is my second attempt with their work, and I must say. I really enjoyed Desert Wolf more than I did Unearthed. Sorry Beau if you’re reading this, don’t hate me. I just felt less confused and was really not having to “think to hard” to understand the premises, but if you like all practical effects with no CGI and a story you can follow without hurting your brain, Desert Wolf is for you.