Article first published as DVD Review: 'Big Bad Wolf' on Blogcritics.
Everyone knows the story of the Three Little Pigs—most notably from Walt Disney’s 1933 Silly Symphony cartoon. I have fond memories of the animated Tales from the Crypt
episode with Bobcat Goldthwait voicing the wolf; it’s a disgusting and
hilarious throwaway episode. Needless to say, we’ve never seen it told
like this. Director Paul Morrell tries to bring the story to a
contemporary setting and within the likes of a thriller in the form of Big Bad Wolf (or Huff
if you’re looking for it on IMDb), now available on DVD from Horizon
Movies. Unfortunately, Morrell is saddled with a few good ideas during
the first half and nowhere to go during the second half. The main
problem being that’s where the actual Pigs story finally comes into play.
(Charlie O’Connell) has taken on the father role to his new wife
Lorelei’s (Elina Madison) three daughters: Brixie (Marie Bollinger),
Styx (Jenna Stone), and Shay (Elly Stefanko). Huff rules the roost with a
Bible-thumping force of hand, instilling the wrath of god into their
upbringing to keep them on the straight and narrow. However, Huff is
also a gun-toting, beer-swilling, drug seller, who winds up with a load
of cash that Lorelei gives to the girls move on to a better life. Huff
winds up killing Lorelei, along with a couple of drug runners, and is
now hot on the girls’ tails to get back what’s his.
It would’ve been one thing to plant the story into a thriller
context, but it was another to turn Huff into a Bible-quoting pedophile.
Acting is definitely not the strong point of Big Bad Wolf, and
it’s also never thrilling. The first half of the movie is at least
sleazy tongue-in-cheek fun, but once Huff starts chasing his
stepdaughters, Sydney Corpuscle’s screenplay loses all of its steam and
turns into just another run-of-the-mill direct-to-video thriller.
Horizon Movies includes two special features: the film’s trailer and the
quick, seven-minute “Behind the Scenes Interviews” consisting of
O’Connell, Natasha Alam, and Clint Howard. Howard says in his segment
that he can’t believe no one has ever tried to make this kind of movie
before, and if Big Bad Wolf is of any indication, it’s best left in the pages of a storybook. In the end, Big Bad Wolf is a big, bad bore.