It’s really annoying when a movie has all the elements to be a great movie but and yet… That movie this time is Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf. First we have an interesting villain, a serial killer that preys on small, young, girls. He is hard to identify, mainly because his is dressed as a wolf. Not some cheap looking fur costume, but a metal and mechanical nightmare. He is eventually caught and instead of jail or a death sentence he is sent to an asylum. This brings us to interesting point number two, setting. This asylum is underground, dark, eerie, and where the worst of the worst end up. They are fitted with shock collars and the doctors hold the remotes.
This brings us to interesting element number three, characters, sort of. This is where the movies starts to fall apart. The inmates are great even though some are a bit one-dimensional; the pervert, the childlike cannibal, the juggernaut, all faintly reminiscent of the 2001 Thirteen Ghosts, except these guys are alive. Where it starts to fall apart is the “main” characters. Starting first with Johnny Morgan (writer, director and star Andrew Cymek ) his sister is one of the victims of the wolf killer and he saw his sister abducted so let’s just say he’s got a big stake in it and leave it at that. He’s come to the asylum to deliver his own justice but for the most part he’s a whiny useless child in my opinion. I know he’s supposed to be traumatized but he’s also supposed to be a cop and not for one minute during this movie do I believe that.
Then we have the doctor, Jamie (Brigitte Kingsley) who works with the patients. Once again bad casting. She’s the officer’s estranged wife and therefore is also very young. Too young for me to believe she has nearly enough training to be working with this kind of patients alone. I may could’ve believed a medical intern but not head shrink in charge. Then there is how she dresses, like she’s preparing for a perpetual dinner party or bar hopping. I’m not saying female doctors can’t dress attractively, it just smacks hard in the face of sense considering the facility.
This also stars William B. Davis and Jonathan Rhys-Davies, both excellent actors, unfortunately working with a murky, confusing script. Then there is the other things I just can’t let go. Okay the power goes out and the auxiliary power is having a hard time getting started but why in the holy hell would the default be to open all the cell doors? And hey you nurse in the extreme underground asylum, why bring your small daughter to work at anytime especially the day you know they are delivering the child killer. I guess this was going to turn out to be a Little Red Riding Hood tale but to be honest they whole part with the little girl pretty much gets lost.
I mean watch if you want, the cannibal is really freakin creepy and almost made watching this movie worthwhile and I would love if someone could cosplay that wolf costume but overall Medium Raw is pretty meh.