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Rose (Tori Black) is a prostitute who's in the business long
enough to have no illusions and to know the dos and don'ts of the
business, but she's still naive enough to pay a visit to a potential
client in a hotel off the Strip even though there's a serial killer on the
loose in the neighbourhood and her pimp Kevin (Torey D.Sutton) has
expressly asked her to remain nearby.
At first though, it seems as if
Rose has taken the right choice, the client, a guy named Jacob (Marek
Matousek) doesn't only offer her waaayyy more money than the usual trick,
he also proves to be younger and more attractive than the guys Rose
usually has to deal with, is quite charming and doesn't push her to
anything other than to have dinner with him and talk to him. After a time,
Rose really opens up to Jacob, starts to feel close to him, and when they
finally do have sex, it feels more like really "making love"
than anything else. After sex though, Rose finds a bag with Jacog's
belongings that contains what she calls a "rape kit": rope,
tape, drugs, chains, even a gun. Now that puts a whole new perspective on
the whole affair, and she and Jacob soon get into a fight, and ultimately
she manages to knock him out with whatever was in the hypodermic she found
in the rape kit.
Thinking she killed him, Rose calls her pimp, who at
first beats her up, and is only calmed down when she tells him about the
safe in which Jacob keeps a large chunk of money. Kevin and Rose tie Jacob
up, then Kevin goes and gets some tools to open the safe while Rose is
supposed to guard Jacob.
Jacob comes to and makes a confession to Rose:
He's a werewolf and he needs the money in his safe, every penny of it, to
pay a doctor who claims he can cure him. Rose doesn't believe a single
word, and can you blame her ... but as time passes, she and Jacob get
closer again, when he tells her about losing his wife and everything, and
she tells him how she became a hooker, how she got into this abusive
relationship with her pimp, and ultimately there's once again romance in
the air ...
here to open the Spoiler Pop-up!
a genre with as long a history as the werewolf film, you would think that
everything there is has been said about its mythology, and there are
plenty of recent films that totally prove that point.
And then, a film
like Half Moon comes around and sheds a whole new light on the
genre, putting its focus not on the underlying mythology, the standard
formula, the blood, gore, guts, the special effects, but the interpersonal
relatinship between the werewolf - or rather the man who's slowly becoming
one over the course of the film - and its (possible) victim. And this
relationship - that's reduced to just one night on a narrative, just one
room on a directorial level - is a regular rollercoaster ride. Many
reviewers have likened this film to My Dinner with Andre, just
because it's basically about two people talking, but I tend to disagree:
Two people talking is called dialogue and that was there way before 1981,
when My Dinner with Andre was made. Half Moon does feature
plenty of dialogue, that's for sure, but more in the context of an
extended classic suspense situation: Basically it's like this, the
audience knows this is a werewolf movie (frankly speaking, most horror
movies with moon in the title are), so they know what's going to happen
eventually, the guy's going to transform, which gives the whole dialogue
an extra dimension, and several plottwists and -turns keep things
interesting even more.
Of course, films like this are nothing without a
good cast, and while Marek Matousek handles his role well enough, pornstar
Tori Black is amazing, actingwise, and really carries the film. Add to
this a directorial effort that's subtle enough to not sell out to cheap
effects, and you've got one great movie.