Topics like aliens, vampires, ghosts, and werewolves have always been a part and parcel of what fuels so many excellent genre projects ... but did you know that evidence exists that quite literally grounds them in reality? This isn't to say nor suggest that -- ahem -- these things could be real; but because we've culturally never undertaken the kind of critical examination of facts known, eyewitness testimony, and established science, which among us can authentically deny a phenomenon's time in the limelight? How can any of us say with any degree of certainty what is and what isn't?
The truth is that we can't, and one of the hardest working documentarians working these days to uncover what truths are still out there is Seth Breedlove. A rundown of his IMDB.com page (here) shows that he's long been interested in such matters, and I, for one, applaud his efforts to ignore the usual hyperbole associated to mainstream outlets and instead put in the sweet, blood, and effort to bring such subjects up for frank discussions on film. For far too long, our society has laughed at these things or christened them taboo for any number of reasons; and Breedlove continues to impress by pressing onward when the opportunity presents itself.
This morning, I received some press information regarding his forthcoming expose: American Werewolves is set to drop across a variety of platforms this July. I'm happy to copy and paste the details below so that interested parties understand that SciFiHistory.Net -- though a blog ostensibly committed to factoids in genre properties -- stand by the man's efforts to promote a conversation into such high strangeness. It's about time these talks take place, and what better way to start with a proven leader in the field?
Into Eyewitness Testimony of Werewolf Sightings
American Werewolves Available on Cable VOD and Digital HD
From 1091 Pictures Beginning July 5
American Werewolves debuts on major streaming platforms on July 5th, from 1091 Pictures, including iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu and FandangoNOW. This horrifying new entry into the Small Town Monsters canon is directed by Seth Breedlove and produced by Heather Moser.
Thousands of people go missing in the United States each year, and American Werewolves and Seth Breedlove allow witnesses and a few brave investigators to present their theory that perhaps real werewolves are behind some of these disturbing disappearances.
American Werewolves aims to explore this oft-overlooked aspect of American folklore. However, where previous Small Town Monsters productions delved into similar subject matter by presenting the details of the phenomena through a panel of experts, authors, folklorists and investigators, American Werewolves leaves the storytelling to the witnesses.
Comprised of around a dozen witness accounts, the film takes on the strange topic by giving those who have experienced it the space to directly present their encounters to the audience. Encounters discussed within the film range from brief run-ins on rural country lanes to horrifying, face-to-face confrontations that are the very fuel of nightmares. One witness even claims to have discovered the grisly, shredded remains of a werewolf victim.
Each year dozens of encounters with upright canids are reported in North America. These beings often behave in alarming ways with many reports of a beast that is aggressive, ghastly, and disturbing. While many theorize that the Dogman is some sort of unidentified species of animal, others believe that this creature is something else.
Of the many possible terrifying ends to these encounters, the most shocking are the ones which possibly resulted in death. A woman jogging on a country road in rural Ohio goes missing. A man hiking into the mountains of Alaska turns up mutilated beyond recognition, his face mangled by something that seems to defy the natural predatory animals of the region. Thousands of people go missing in the United States each year, and the latest film from Small Town Monsters and director Seth Breedlove allows witnesses and a few brave investigators to present their theory that perhaps a real werewolf is behind some of these disturbing disappearances.