Rose is having a tough time surviving as a prostitute but when she finds out that one of her friends can't make an appointment with a trick named Jacob, who pays out large sums of money for company. Rose decides to meet with this mysterious stranger at a hotel - a decision she will soon regret. At first everything seems fine and it's just another lonely man looking for company but with a bag filled with ropes and drugs, along with stories of transforming into a monster, this becomes anything but a typical night.
"Half Moon" seems to have been hitting the movie-news circuits pretty hard due to the story revolving around a werewolf and features a porn-star turned actress. Not sure which one is the real reason it's garnering attention but let's assume that we don't live in a smutty world where Tori Black is a household name, and that is indeed the werewolf aspect that is the point of interest. Supposedly "Half Moon" breaks convention and brings a whole new element of tension, suspense, and horror to the werewolf genre. After watching it, all I can say is that something stinks here and it ain't wet dog.
I'm no werewolf fan but I was curious to see where a low-budget indie feature was going to take the concept; personally believing the movie was going to play on the idea of "is this person really a werewolf". As opposed to a full blown werewolf feature since to make the work, it would require a bit of walk'n around money. Clearly something this movie didn't have. As it turns out, that is exactly the game that "Half Moon" plays - a majority of the movie is spent trying to make the audience ask, "Well, is he or isn't he?" Not exactly breaking new ground, but still, it was something a little different that I could respect.
So, sadly if you're looking for a fury monster ripping out throats and howling at the moon, you're going to be a little disappointed. Especially since "Half Moon" is being pushed hard as a modern werewolf title that's taking lycanthropes away from the tweens and bringing them back to horror. Regardless, the movie partially succeeds at making you question as to whether or not one of the characters is indeed a werewolf. Or just some crazy bastard who kills hookers and is trying to convince Rose (Tori Black) that he is a monster. The problem is that this is all that the movie does. A great deal of "Half Moon" is spent with the character Jacob saying, "I'm sick. I need help from a special doctor before it's too late." Rose then promptly following that up with, "I don't believe you." Or to change things up a bit with, "Why should I believe you?"
That's really it. That's really all there is to it - two people talking: one saying "believe me" with the other one saying "I don't believe you." Mix that in with sympathetic back-stories, needless exposition, no horror or tension, and an unintentional hilarious reveal and you've got the extremely disappointing movie that is "Half Moon". Deep down there was a good idea and a competent story there; it is unfortunate that the final product doesn't live up to that potential. "Half Moon" didn’t work for a number of reasons that goes beyond the poor execution of the story and that our main characters are stuck in a loop of having one of the most boring and redundant conversations. A lot of it technical, but also the acting - I tip my hat to Tori Black for attempting something outside of porn, but she really missed the mark here. To be fair, she wasn’t the only one though.
I haven't loved everything that Breaking Glass Pictures or Vicious Circle Films has put out - some great and some not so great titles are in their catalog. However "Half Moon" is the first movie I've seen come from them that I absolutely did not like. I tried to find something that made it worth while, something redeeming, but I wasn't able to. The movie comes up short in all aspects and there isn't much to be found that could make it enjoyable on any level. As disappointing as that is to say.