Werewolves have come in all shapes and sizes over the years, whether it be American backpackers, a squad of soldiers in the Scottish Highlands or a high-school student dead set on playing on the basketball team. But one profession we don’t recall ever having been combined with werewolf tropes is that of a singer/songwriter. That’s about to change, though, with the female-driven and directed werewolf thriller Bloodthirsty that provides a sharp and authentic riff on lycanthrope lore.
Directed by Amelia Moses (Bleed with Me), conceived and written by mother-daughter duo Wendy Hill-Tout and singer-songwriter Lowell, and featuring the original music of Lowell, Bloodthirsty dissects the darker side of the music business, with werewolf elements implemented to serve as an analogy by which to dissect human responses to sudden celebrity success.
In the film, Grey (Lauren Beatty), a vegan singer songwriter goes to work on her sophomore album with notorious music producer Vaughn Daniels (Greg Bryk) at his remote studio in the woods. But as the album progresses, she begins to hunger for meat and the hunt. As Grey starts to transform into a werewolf, she gradually begins to find out exactly who she really is.
As Bloodthirsty prepares to release across the US through Brainstorm Media and Canada through Raven Banner this Friday, April 23rd, SCREAM sat down with Moses who discussed implementing Lowell’s music and sensitivities into the film and how she was drawn to the film’s juxtaposition of the lead character growing as an artist whilst becoming more monstrous in the process…
Words: Howard Gorman