Written by: Matt Molgaard
Unfortunately I’m pressed for time and unable to dedicate the time and respect required to craft a fitting review for this specific short. A short that’s truly worthy of tremendous praise, might I add, Dana Cameron’s Christmas story, The Night Things Changed, commands awe. It’s an honest shame the clock ticks, because this story does merit serious promotion. Of all the stories in the Wolfsbane and Mistletoe anthology, this may be the tale best suited for cinematic transfer. It’s great on page, and I’m of the belief it would be every bit as gratifying on screen.
Here’s the gist of things: we’ve got a brother-sister duo – lycanthrope and vampire, respectively – who dish out violent chastisement to the evil dwellers of the world. That’s right, the vampires and the werewolves aren’t the menacing terrors of this tale it’s the murderers, the rapists, the molesters. It’s the scum of the earth that scrolls as the story’s antagonistic feed. Cameron’s decision to warp clichés works damn well and lends a stretch of realism to the tale. Werewolves and vampires don’t exist, but monsters do, and they’re not always the hideous creatures cinema makes them out to be; they look like you, and me. Cameron hammers home that idea quite well.
The character development is fantastic. Dana endears two predators, that should by all means draw immediate ire simply due to their existence as commonly perceived villainous figures, to readers with ease. Gerry’s one hell of a good guy…wolf…well, you know what I mean. And Claudia, his sister, is a tough as nails hottie who actually feeds on sunlight in order to heal the wounds she acquires while hunting local cretins in vampire form. They’re an awesome pair of individuals with great personalities and impressively precise methods of extermination when parlaying as anti-heroes.
The Night Things Changed is another engrossing holiday treat. If you’re looking for a rewarding piece of hybrid horror, bloody and oozing in the white snow, this one is for you.