HomeMoviesWait! Have You Not Seen BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF?


As always, sorry for not getting more of these written but, you know: writer’s block. Actually, it is more being the Uber driver for the young ones and that other thing called “work.” But I looked at my calendar and had a free fifteen minutes so let’s see what I can do. As I have mentioned in the past, I have a few hard drives maxxed out with tons of films and I’m always looking to rewatch something. I was skimming titles and came upon one I think people may have passed over. A very, very solid foreign film. 

Brotherhood of the Wolf

This starts in 18th century France, where a man and his companion are tasked with discovering the cause of some murders in an area of France supposedly bedevilled by a creature. Already on that alone, I was hooked. But the main character, Fronsac , and his companion Mani are traveling by horseback and come upon two vagrants being chased by some goons. The two men proceed to handle the situation, with Mani doing some pretty awesome stick fighting/martial arts against these men. Modern Kung-fu set in 18th century France. Yeah, this movie is a ride already. But that is all I will give you. There is action, mystery, and even light elements of horror throughout. You must see this. Okay, but there are other things to mention. 

The cast. I know I normally call out the first two actors but I’m changing that up a bit. Fronsac, or technically Knight Grégoire de Fronsac is played by Samuel Le Bihan. He is a pretty decent French actor that I only really know from Three Colors Red and Frontiers. One which is before and one after this one. But he’s solid in this flick. And then his companion, Mani. Mani is presented as an Iroquois with some awesome tattoos, played by the wonderful Mark Dacascos.  I could probably do a book on the flicks I have seen him in, but let’s start with my favorites. Only the Strong, Double Dragon, Crying Freeman and of course Keanu needed him as a villain in John Wick 3. He is amazing in this flick and his kung-fu adds so much to this movie. Let’s round out the cast. The man assigned to watch these two is Marquis Thomas d’Apcher (yup, i am looking up the names because I watch it subtitled) played by Jérémie Renier. Not a very popular actor in the states, but a very acclaimed Belgian actor. The main character has two essential love interests, the first is the countess of the area they are investigating in. She is played by Émilie Dequenne, another Belgian actress, but I know her from winning the best actress award in Cannes for Rosetta. She was also in The Girl on the Train, which i also liked. And Fronsac’s second love interest, an Italian beauty from the local brothel, Monica Bellucci. Boom. She is on fire in this movie. As pretty as I recall ever seeing an actress in a flick. And if you don’t know her, she is one of the vampires in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Or Persephone in Matrix 2 and 3. Oh, she also was in Spectre at 50 and historicall slated to be to be the oldest Bond Girl, but man, she does not look it. Okay, enough about her, the last person to mention is the count of the area Fronsac is investigating. That is Jean-François de Morangias, played by Vincent Cassel. He is one of my favorite actors in the world, and I didn’t realize he was married to Bellucci, hence them overlapping in flicks. But he is in Dobermann, Irréversible, Eastern Promises, Black Swann, The Crimson River (which I need to write about) and so many more. A killer cast all around. 

Enough about the amazing cast, let’s talk a bit about the people who made this film. Let’s start with the story. It is based on a story called the Beast of Gévaudan, which is a story/legend about a man-eating creature killing people in France. Pretty cool that it is based on an actual real event. Anyway. the director. This flick is directed by Christophe Gans, who is a wonderful French director. He made the 2006 Silent Hill flick, which is pretty solid, but this is his biggest success. He also directed Crying Freeman, which is his connection to Mark Dacascos. He also cowrote it with Stéphane Cabel who I don’t have any memory of him attached to anything I have seen. He nailed this, though. The cinematography is done by Dan Laustsen, who is not a guy most people know. But he is Del Toro’s cinematographer for a bunch of his flicks, including The Shape of Water and Nightmare Alley, which he was nominated for both. He also is the go to for Chad Stahelski for the last 3 John Wick films. He can really film action. And lastly, the creature is a mixture of computer animation (not that great) but also a puppet (awesome) done by the Jim Henson Creature shop. So you know it looks awesome.

Normally I hit you with some crazy facts or even some crazy quotes about the flicks I review, but this flick I have only seen with English subtitles, so tough to say what is super memorable in French. I will tell you the first time I watched it I stopped reading the subtitles and just watched the movie. Right thru, never reading a word. It was amazing. I then went back and read all the subtitles and it again, just made this movie better. A 18th century period piece creature flick with action/martial arts. I mean this is a one of one type of flick, but easily a candidate for my top 10. I have seen a few versions of this, and I believe I have the longer director’s cut, but any version you get is solid. Currently not streaming anywhere I can see, but two bucks to rent on Prime, or six to buy. I would recommend a purchase. You will rewatch it, I assure you.

Steve Uchrin
Steve Uchrin
Steve Uchrin is a former comic shop clerk, a former video store clerk, and current married dad of two girls with zero interest in comics or movies. Owner of 10+ terabytes of flicks and the largest McDonald's "cocaine" spoon collection this side of the Mississippi.


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