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Wolves

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Unrated Extended Cut
Release: Feb 12, 2018 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Wolves – A flop trying to bank on the Twilight fame

Phew. Two years after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 concluded the franchise both frantically loved and hated by teenagers and adults, Wolves entered the scene. Featuring similar characteristics and teenage protagonists, it clearly aims at the same audience the vampire-werewolf saga left behind. It fails miserably, however. Lucas Till, whom you might know from his role as Havok since X-Men: First Class or as a young version of the MacGyver TV series revival, acts enormously wooden and doesn’t really fit the part as a confident guy who likes the occasional “tough” statement.

The fact that the film’s violence is undoubtedly aimed at the “R” rating (for bloody violence throughout, and some sexuality) doesn’t help the cause and although there’s some talent like Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, Pontypool) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League) involved, the whole ordeal is boring and predictable. Director David Hayter allegedly wrote the script for Wolves after he turned down several scripts that were headed in a similar direction. It’s hard to grasp how bad those other ones must have been if this is the end result he settled with. It’s no wonder that the film just went straight-to-video in nearly all relevant markets, including the US.

The Wolves Unrated Cut offers more violence – and more boredom

Apart from the theatrical version there’s also an Unrated Extended Cut that is available e.g. in Canada. Hayter put a lot of effort into it, changing scene order, offscreen narration, soundtracks and adding more material. Unfortunately, the Unrated Version didn’t improve significantly. Some scenes feature visibly more violence and the “wolf sex” is a little more graphic but the main addition is in the story department – and that doesn’t help the plot at all.

Comparison between the Theatrical Version (“R“-rated) and the Unrated Extended Cut (both included on the Canadian Blu-ray by Seville Pictures)

26 relevant differences, consisting of
15 extended scenes
5 scenes with alternate material
3 extended scenes with alternate material
2 extended scenes in the theatrical version
1 additional scene

The Unrated Extended Cut runs 362 sec. or approx. 6 minutes 2 seconds longer than the Theatrical Version.

Extended scene with alternate material
0:00:19: The whole prologue is different in both versions, starting with the first shot and then continuing through the first four to five minutes. The UR is spending more time here, of course.

Theatrical Cut: The Theatrical Cut begins with an outside shot of the house where Cayden and his parents live. He has a nightmare and suddenly awakes from it in shock. His parents console him. This is followed by a collage that shows him being in college and playing on the football field as a quarterback that has to take a few hits. That results in a werewolf-like attack on his opponent that leads to him getting a lecture in the dean’s office (which we hear nothing from). The camera then pans to him and his girlfriend Lisa sitting in a car later that night.
What’s notable here is that the first minutes are filled with Caydens’s offscreen comments in which he explains to the viewer that he has noticed some inexplicable symptoms in recent weeks. In total, the Theatrical Cut is more to the point and shorter here.



Unrated Extended Version: Hier fehlt in weiten Teilen der Off-Kommentar und auch die Reihenfolge ist anders. Begonnen wird mit dem Footballspiel, zwischendrin ein kleiner Einschub aus dem College-Alltag und dann weiter die Eskalation auf dem Footballfeld. Im Anschluss daran sehen wir eine andere Art von Albtraum, denn hier wird er auch visualisiert. Caydens Mutter versteckt sich panisch in seinem Zimmer vor Geräuschen und wird schließlich blutig von ihr attackiert.

A large part of the offscreen commentary is missing and the scene order is different, too. We begin with the football game, get some inserts from the day-to-day college life and then the further escalation of the game. We then see a nightmare in which Cayden’s mother hides behind his bedroom door and panics as some creature is approaching. It then attacks here in a very bloody way.
Cayden then wakes up with his parents next to him, followed by the dean’s lecture for his football attack. Here, we hear the dean talk about Cayden’s declining grades and other mistakes and that those things seem atypical for him. Eventually, the UR ends up at the scene with Cayden and Lisa in the car.
The UR runs 59.52 sec. longer



Extended scene
0:05:32: Lisa talks a little more and Cayden’s headaches begin. The camera pans to the full moon outside of the car.
13.04 sec.



Extended scene
0:06:43: Cayden turns a little more inside the car and crushes the steering wheel in the process. We then see him running through the darkness and arriving at a house.
21.16 sec.



Extended scene
0:07:44: Slightly longer view of the severed arm in the UR.
0.52 sec.



Extended scene
0:07:53: A few more frames of the dead parents. The blood also looks a little brighter in the UR but that might be subjective.
0.76 sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
0:08:19: As Cayden flees and narrates what happened in the time until his next murder, both versions differ a lot, including alternate off-commentary and scene order, partly featuring new material.

Theatrical Cut: The Theatrical Cut has him say that he’s constantly on the move and going from town to town, never knowing when he turns again and carrying around the fear of killing again. And then he did just that.

Unrated Extended Version: He sounds way more confident in the UR. He wasn’t caught by the police because he claims that he could smell them from afar. He also did research on how to get rid of his problem and that nothing except suicide – which he couldn’t bring himself to commit - would help. All that talk about Wolvesbayne and silver bullets is not effective. His turnings are not limited to full moon but he can feel the animal inside him especially then. He also talks about the fear of killing again which then happens. (Screenshots were only taken from the UR)
The UR runs 58.48 sec. longer



Extended scene in the Theatrical Cut
TC: 0:07:58: The Theatrical Cut shows how Cayden is being flirted on by the prostitute but turns her down. When he watches Lisa’s interview on TV, the Theatrical Cut shows this after he ordered the coffee while the UR has it the other way around.
+11.28 sec.



Extended scene
0:11:25: As Cayden defends the prostitute against the two truckers, the UR is somewhat longer and more brutal. She gets shoved once more and a trucker’s severed hand flies through the air alongside the gun it held.
8.04 sec.



Extended scene in the Theatrical Cut
0:10:13: The Theatrical Cut shows Cayden removing and crushing the motorbike‘s license plate that reads "Vicboss".
+ 2.12 sec.



Extended scene
0:21:25: Cayden enters the bar in Lupine Ridge and is observed more thoroughly by the guests.
18.08 sec.



Additional scene
0:23:19: The UR shows exclusively how Cayden confronts Deke who provoked him in the bar earlier. Deke turns and threatens Cayden, who tells him to shut up and punches him in the face. Cayden then also turns and screamingly asks Deke where he got his abilities from. Deke is afraid, pees his pants and runs away.
39.44 sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
0:25:00: We see Cayden working on John’s farm. The Theatrical Cut shows exclusively how Cayden pulls a big stone out of the ground. John is puzzled by that kind of strength.



As Connor visits and talks to Cayden and John, the UR is much longer. This is due to the fact that it also references the encounter between Cayden and Deke that was missing in the Theatrical Cut. Connor asks Cayden about it and mentions that Deke is a tall guy who can run fast – why would he be afraid of Cayden? Our hero says that it’s not a thing of size but of character and that Deke is more of a poodle when it comes to confrontations. Connor grins but is visibly angry about it.
The UR runs 29.36 sec. longer



Extended scene
0:31:38: Cayden drives into town. The UR has more time and shows him exiting the house and sitting on the motorbike.
7.4 sec.


Extended scene
0:40:37: The wolf crew has an extended party at the campfire. Everyone’s drunk and funny.
21.68 sec.


Extended scene
0:51:12: The sex scene is a little more revealing in the UR. Angel can be seen with exposed breasts and a shot of the pair having completely turned to wolves during the act is new, as well.
17.52 sec.



Extended scene
0:56:40: Cayden has a little hero speech. He thought of suicide and searched for an opportunity to do some good. Now he may have the possibility to do both at once.
20.04 sec.



Alternate material
1:06:53: The sequence in which Cayden recovers from the previous fight is extended in both versions. He kisses Angel a little longer and then engages in a totally absurd healing practice: as a werewolf, you apparently just have to run as fast as you can in order to get rid of your injuries. The UR has an exclusive scene of that. The Theatrical Cut has a dialogue scene between Connor and one of his men instead. This scene is not exclusive as it follows in the UR a little later in several chunks.
The UR runs 0.2 sec. longer



Extended scene in the Theatrical Cut
TC: 1:02:05: Cayden says the names of the people he has to protect and that the town wouldn’t be safe from Connor and his men otherwise.
+ 7.6 sec.

Alternate material
1:08:42: The different order of the scenes is the most striking change here. The dialogue between Connor and his henchman is chopped up into little parts, always interrupted by Cayden and John preparing the traps. Cayden also tells John that their plan would mean severe damage for John’s land but John says that it’s more important that they all are safe from harm.
The UR runs 12.68 sec. longer


Extended scene
1:17:04: Cayden stands on the roof and tells Connor and his men that they only think they could kill him but actually can’t. Wild stuff.
8.2 sec.



Extended scene
1:22:04: Connor tells Cayden that he should kill him since he earned it.
11.4 sec.



Alternate material
1:24:32: A brutal view of Connor’s slit throat can only be seen in the UR. The Theatrical Cut remains in a shot from behind the back.
The UR runs 1.56 sec. longer

Theatrical CutUnrated Extended Cut



Alternate material
1:24:40: As Connor dies, we see him on the ground with his bloody throat wound. The Theatrical Cut is zoomed in to hide the graphic details.
The UR runs 0.84 sec. longer

Theatrical CutUnrated Extended Cut



Extended scene
1:28:06: Cayden says that Joe wouldn’t believe him if he told him (referencing the explosive ground he stands on). As Joe realizes this, he says "Fuck.", which we only hear in the UR.
The UR runs 5.96 sec. longer



Extended scene
1:29:56: John asks Angel about the bar and she says that her sister Gail would take care of it. She asks him if he can check up on her once in a while.
10.48 sec.


Alternate material
1:31:50: The end credits sequence has different imagery in both versions.
The Theatrical Cut runs 0.32 sec. longer

Theatrical CutUnrated Extended Cut





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