New on DVD: Wolfhound

Recent fantasy films are mostly spectacles of grand illusion, overflowing with CGI monsters and epic budgets to match their tales. At least Russia remembers how it used to be. Wolfhound is a throwback to the captivating fantasy films of the 1980’s, such as Beastmaster and Conan the Barbarian, sharing similar character types and simple plots […]


Recent fantasy films are mostly spectacles of grand illusion, overflowing with CGI monsters and epic budgets to match their tales. At least Russia remembers how it used to be. Wolfhound is a throwback to the captivating fantasy films of the 1980’s, such as Beastmaster and Conan the Barbarian, sharing similar character types and simple plots of good versus evil.

Wolfhound is the only remaining survivor of the Grey Dog Clan. As a child he watched a masked villain with a wolf tattoo slaughter his parents and destroy his village. He was taken to be a slave in the treacherous mountain mines but eventually wins his freedom, leaving with an injured fruit bat as his companion. Now grown and ready for battle, he fulfills his vow of revenge by hunting the murderers of his past. Along Wolfhound’s journey, a slave girl, blind healer and young scholar join him on his travels. As his path crosses with a virtuous princess, he swears to protect her life with his own in an attempt to lure the object of his wrath.

The adventure takes the characters through haunted woods and dangerous terrain. The scenery is standard, but no less charming as they cross through valleys, mountains and rivers. In a world of sorcery, magicks are used for good and evil, to cure and to kill. They appear in various forms from warm glows to mysterious fogs to laser-like swords. More practically, the battles involve comprehensible numbers and distinct swordplay.

Of course it is expected Wolfhound will best anyone he fights, but it is still engaging. This type of film is like an extended, larger-than-life fairy tale – it requires a suspension of belief and a desire to enjoy.

There are no DVD special features.