Brotherhood Of The Wolf (Le Pacte Des Loups)

Le pacte des loups (2001)

Titles: Brotherhood of the Wolf
Countries: Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Languages: English
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The French historical action horror movie Brotherhood Of The Wolf (Le Pacte Des Loups).

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

French legend has it that a creature known as the Beast of Gevaudan — a huge, wolf-like monster — was responsible for the violent deaths of over 100 persons in the mid-18th century, and this horror fantasy blends the lore of this fabled beast with a story of two men who set out to capture it.

After a number of mutilated corpses begin appearing across the French countryside, naturalist Chevalier Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) is dispatched by the King to find and capture the animal responsible for the killings.

Mani (Mark Dacascos), an Indian from Canada and an experienced hand in the wilds, is hired to assist de Fronsac in his work.

Gregoire’s assignment earns him the acquaintance of Marianne de Morangias (Emilie Dequenne), the lovely daughter of the idly wealthy Count de Morangias (Jean Yanne), but Gregoire receives a much chillier welcome from her brother Jean-Francois (Vincent Cassel), who, despite having lost an arm to a lion in Africa, is quite the huntsman himself.

As Gregoire and Mani arrive in the village of Gevaudan, they’re drawn to a local house of prostitution, where the animalistic allure and supernatural powers of Sylvia (Monica Bellucci) prove to have a profound effect on the naive Gregoire.

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop provided the special-effects expertise for the creation of the Beast of Gevaudan.

Final Thoughts

I saw this movie many years ago thanks to my former male classmate DH, and recently I watched it again with my brother GC hoping to possibly watch a werewolf movie that he had not seen before.

I did not remember most of the movie and so watching it again was almost like watching it for the first time, the movie is pretty well made and unique for this kind of movie and some unexpected martial arts action is in the movie oddly, but it was definitely longer than it should have been (like they were trying to make it feel more like an epic or something) and some details were not properly explained.

I think that the title for this movie is cool but a bit misleading, and so I wish that the movie itself had lined up with its title better because the movie is not about what you think or what we thought exactly.

The end,

-John Jr

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