Shot under the title Howlers, High Moon is one of those films you go into knowing in not to take overly seriously. I mean with a plot that involves Old Western outlaws who are actually werewolves and the cowboy hunting them being resurrected in the modern day it’s obviously not a straight-up creature feature. Did I mention there’s also a ninja?
Colt (Chad Michael Collins, Sniper: Ultimate Kill, Assailant) is tracking Willie Price (Tom Zembrod, Knucklebones, Silhouette) and his band of outlaws. Their crimes include killing Colt’s wife. He’s about to settle things with them when the sheriff and his men show up. Western clichés turn into something very different as the outlaws transform into werewolves and slaughter the lawmen. Colt vanquishes them with an array of silver weapons. He buries them and then is killed, at his own request, by a ninja.
High Moon then picks up in the modern-day when a flash flood unearths the bodies. Somehow this resurrects all of them. The gang proceeds to slaughter a biker gang while Colt is rescued by Lucy Andrews (Chelsea Edmundson, Daylight’s End, 14 Cameras). The stage is set for a rematch. But can Colt prevail in a town caught between cynical Sheriff Hardy (Matthew Tompkins, Doom Room) and corrupt Mayor Barlow (Sean Patrick Flanery, Lasso, Hunter’s Moon) who’s sleeping with the sheriff’s wife (Grace Montie, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich)?
Writer/director Josh Ridgway (The Sector) never lets High Moon become overly serious, but doesn’t play it as a comedy either. The result is a fast-paced, bloody film that will keep you entertained even if it isn’t overly scary. There’s plenty of killing and loads of blood and body parts. A bit too much of the blood is CGI but thankfully not all of it. The werewolf effects are good enough but hardly elaborate. But considering it had a budget of under $400,000, (for some reason IMDB claims it was $6,400,000), that’s to be expected.
There are all manner of little bits that help make High Moon so much fun. From the motorcycle riding lycanthropes, (there are more scenes of them riding than in Werewolves On Wheels), to some of the interplay between Colt and Hardy. Two very similar men a couple of hundred years apart. And did I mention there’s a ninja?
High Moon is available on streaming and VOD from Archstone Distribution. You can get more information on its website