Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf)
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Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf)
Following up on the cult success of his Cry Freeman, filmmaker Christophe Gans draws on equal parts Chang Cheh and Dario Argento to spins this unlikely French period Kung Fu horror flick. The film is based on the myth of La Bête du Gevaudan , a purported true tale about a vicious creature of some form that terrorized villagers in a mountainous area in France and killed over a hundred people between the years 1764 to 1767. In the film, dedicated naturalist and hero from the French-Indian wars Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) is sent by Louis XV to investigate this alleged beast. Upon… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A wonder of magpie postmodernism, a samurai adventure with Hong Kong action and a wry touch of American Western, all sewn into a free interpretation of Gallic history that also has its finger on the pulse of current social trends."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Exhilirating viewing, at least while the feet are flying and the fangs are baring."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"This delirious experience covers most bases and makes at least a cursory stab at the few it misses."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The hero feels free to sleep with any prostitute, even as he's wooing the one he calls his 'true love.' Isn't there a conflict of interest there?"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A stylish, smart, edgy, exciting and involving trek though familiar folklore, often better than the masses have been told and even more appealing after repeat viewings."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Instead of fluid acrobatics, we get hyperbolic montages of kicking feet, somersaulting torsos, and fists connecting with faces."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Utterly preposterous but so full of enthusiasm and flashy style that it's entertaining anyway."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Werewolf thriller set during French revolution."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A 17th century French costume drama where everybody is Kung-fu fighting - with some highly watchable results!"
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"The film has a wonderful style and a sense of movement that barely slows down for its two and a half hours."
‑ Evan Erwin, Film Threat
"Fun movie, animatronic beast and all."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"An extraordinary film, although not necessarily a good one."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"A period French martial-arts movie that puts the "where?" in wolf films."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Guaranteed to make you howl at the moon on your way out."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Brotherhood of the Wolf supplies enough to satisfy many tastes without overwhelming them. It is one of the most sporadically inspired films of recent memory; and I would say, prematurely, of all time."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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