Gabe and his friends go up north after the funeral of his parents. They need to clear the parents' cabin before it can be sold, but going on a trip when mourning is never easy. When they reach the cabin, they notice something strange going on nearby. Something is in the woods, and it wants to kill them.
Monster and werewolf movies need to come back with strong force without CGI effects and without a focus on action or romance. It would even be okay if the majority of them were shitty (like the zombie movies), because at least then there would be a number of good ones too. What's the last horror-heavy (depressing that I have to even say that) werewolf movie that came out? "Hunger Unholy" might not be the amazing comeback I crave, but it has a serious tone and the werwolf isn't CGI drivel. That's further than a lot of other movies have gotten.
Any reason to get young adults alone in a cabin is acceptable in the world of horror, so "Hunger Unholy" keeps it simple but better than "they've rented a cabin!". The friends go to a cabin after a funeral to clean out the cabin before it's to be sold. The funeral was for Gabe's parents, so there's no surprise that Gabe isn't in a great mood. When they're disturbed by a local who parks his truck on their yard after a little run-in earlier, they're starting to get worried. By it turns out that there is something worse to be afraid of in the area. Yes, it's a werewolf. You know that because I said it earlier, so why am I even trying to build suspense!? Either way, it's a werewolf and that's pretty much all you need to know.
The werewolf is very cheesy. An obvious suit, and not the great kind. I'm still convinced that this kind of suit looks way better than almost any CGI werewolf. At least it doesn't throw me out of the fucking movie! They make use of the darkness to keep some mystery going with how the werewolf looks, but we get to see most of it. Obviously you can't compare this to "An American Werewolf in London" and "The Howling" movies. But maybe - just maybe - you're an asshole if you expect that from every werewolf movie? The look of the werewolf is pretty bad, but it's not the worst part of this movie.
It's a very short feature so it quickly gets to the point, but I still think it managed to build suspense. I like that it takes place in one day and night, so once the night is there, it's a full out werewolf flick. It has an interesting hallucation scene in the woods prior to that, which wasn't too bad at all. The rest of the movie doesn't hold up the brief creepiness in the hallucination scene, but at least the movie has two things: a werewolf, and a woman sprayed with blood. It looks like she has buckets of blood thrown on her, but this is still a fun scene.
I'd say the bad parts for me is that it doesn't have enough suspense once the werewolf is on the loose, we never really care about the characters, and overall it is missing something to make it memorable and stand out. I'm perfectly fine with effects and the kills, but there's just a lack in atmosphere. There are a lot of ways to film a werewolf (or monster) to keep it subtle but scary, and I would have liked seeing some more of that. That's why something like "Silver Bullet" is one of my favorite werewolf movies - not because of the werewolf, but because it has some great atmosphere and suspense.
And again, we don't care or know the characters very well in "Hunger Unholy". The actors are okay for an independent horror, but the characters feel shallow and empty. There isn't much to grab, and ultimately it doesn't matter to us if they die. This isn't uncommon in indie horror, but that doesn't make it any better.
"Hunger Unholy" is lacking some vital things, but I am happy to see a werewolf movie that focuses on horror and doesn't have CGI. Those are probably the main reasons to support this movie. You'll have to expect some typical indie cheesiness, and I wouldn't say it comes highly recommended unless you're very curious or a werewolf lover. There are way worse werewolf movies within Hollywood, though, so watch this before you check out those!