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Blood Moon (2001)

Cast: Tim Curry, Lesley Ann Warren, Victoria Sanchez, more...
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Horror, Killer Critters, Coming of Age
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Local teens cruelly tease Tara (Victoria Sanchez), the intelligent but hairy wolf girl of Harley Dune's (Tim Curry) traveling freak show that has set up near a rural town. One of the young men is particularly vicious, throwing darts and feces at Tara during her performance, but Tara is helpless to defend herself as she spends much of her time isolated in a trailer or hanging out with the fat lady, dwarves, and other freaks. But she's befriended and taken into town by outcast teen Ryan (Dov Tiefenbach), whose mother (Lesley Ann Warren) happens to be a chemist working on an experimental depilatory treatment. Without telling anyone, Ryan begins injecting Tara with the chemical, and her hair gradually begins to fall out. But there are two side effects no one counted on -- the chemical makes Tara carnivorous and easily enraged. ~ Buzz McClain, All Movie Guide

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"Otherness" Filtered Through the Werewolf Genre by talltale January 31, 2005 - 3:35 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
BLOOD MOON is one very special movie, certainly the best that Thom Fitzgerald ("The Hanging Garden," "Beefcake," "The Event") has directed. He wrote the earlier three, so perhaps this enormous improvement is due to handling the directing chores only. "Blood Moon" not simply good; it's exceptional. Don't place it merely in the "werewolf" genre--which it appears to be part of--as it will remind savvy viewers of "Freaks."

Fitzgerald is the first director I know of since Tod Browning who has brought such genuine love and empathy to his menagerie of sideshow performers. What he does with them--and their marvelous show--is extraordinary. The bond that forms between performers and their audience during the clever, funny, sexually provocative musical numbers is wonderful to watch: The performers "educate" their audiences, who in turn give back their gratitutde and love. Fitzgerald is blessed to have Tim Curry as his PT Barnum, and Curry gives as good a performance as any since his "Rocky Horror Show." He gets to sing and dance a delightful ditty about "plucking," which would be a show-stopper anywhere else. Grace Jones, too, shines in her two numbers. (This is not a musical, per se, but it's better than many films that pretend to be.)

Fitzgerald has always shown us the "other"--usually via homosexuals, here through the freaks, particularly the Wolf Girl (the film's original title). Victoria Sanchez does a fine job in this role; her makeup alone is worth the watch. Although made as a TV film, "Blood Moon" boasts full-frontal nudity, used in a way that is pointed, surprising and revelatory. If the first half is better than the second, the entirety brings home Fitzgerald's point: The other is a part of us. It will not disappear but continue to seep into our bodies and minds, opening our eyes, and frightening but enriching us--if we can just allow this.

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