Late Phases

The Werewolf is a Ginger.

A Dramatization of How the Script for the Film “Late Phases” was Conceived.
Rob Silvera

“How would win in a fight? Charles Bronson or the Wolfman?”

“The Wolfman, no doubt.”

“Okay. How do you figure it?”

“Charles Bronson wouldn’t believe that the Wolfman is real. He’d be out there Death Wishing a bunch of gangstas and would never see the Wolfman coming. The Wolfman would get totally the jump on him. Charles Bronson would shoot him up with regular bullets, which do nothing because the Wolfman is supernatural. The Wolfman would then bite off Bronson’s head. The End.”

“Wait a sec. Suppose the Wolfman was eating the gangstas that Charles Bronson was going to kill. Instead of revenge, he only finds chewed up corpses. He’d want to know who was eating his targets. Let’s say he figures out it’s a Wolfman. So he goes out and buys some silver bullets. Who’d win then?”

“I dunno. Probably Charles Bronson. It’s only one Wolfman, right? He’d totally set a trap up and Bang! Bang! Bang! Bad Doggie! Definitely Charles Bronson.”

“Yeah, that would be a too easy. What if Charles Bronson believed in the Wolfman, so he has to kill the beast, but was blind or something? He sents up a trap, sure, but has a hard time getting the shot because he’s blind”

“Blind? Really? That. Is. So. Retarded.”

“No, no, no. Hear me out. He’s blind, but like Daredevil, the rest of his senses are heightened. Not like superhero heighten, but enough to where he could follow the sound and maybe smell of the Wolfman at fairly close quarters. . . . ”

“That would have to be one noisy, stinky Wolfman.”

“Well, maybe this Wolfman breathes extra hard because he’s got asthma or smokes or something.”

“Hahahaha! The moon is full! ‘Aw, aw, awrooooooo -cough -cough – cough’ Takes a pull of his inhaler.”


And THAT, kiddies, is more or less the plot for “Late Phases.” I’m not joking. As ludicrous as it sounds, it works.

It rolls out like this: Blind US Army retiree Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici also of “Stakeland”), following the death of his wife, moves to a small retirement community that he soon realizes has a little werewolf problem. The community in is chock full of actors and actresses who you’ll likely recognize, but wonder where you’ve seen them before. Ginger from “Gilligan’s Island” and Francis Dolarhyde from “Manhunter” are two examples. Nick Damici, in his monster hunt, ably channels the spirit of Charles Bronson who helps carry the film.

Of note: The werewolf effects are practical, looking very much like the sort of thing you’d see in a film made in the 1980s or 90s as opposed to the garbage looking CGI werewolves that have been making me choke down my own vom since “An American Werewolf in Paris” crapped its way on the big screen.

There are aspects of the film that invite comparison between this movie and “Bubba Ho-Tep.” There are some commonalties, sure; both films are set in retirement communities and channel dead icons, Charles Bronson and Elvis Presley respectively. “Late Phases” is a more a straight horror film, Nick Damici playing his part totally deadpan, while Bubba Ho-Tep and its star Bruce Campbell lean more toward comedy. The humor in “Late Phases” come largely from people reacting to Ambrose McKinley’s blunt Bronsony manner.

“Late Phases,” like “Bubba Ho-Tep” is super entertaining, especially when compared to the recent flood of samey films like “Parasidoius Ouijoculoustivity.”

Nick Damici
Ethan Embry
Lance Guest
Tina Louise
Rutanya Alda.
Caitlin O’Heaney
Erin Cummings
Tom Noonan

Eric Stolze

Adrián García Bogliano


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