In 1765 and 1768, more than 100 men, women and children were killed by something in rural France. The creature was never caught, never killed, never explained. It became a well-known French legend, an unsolved mystery that persists to this day.
The French horror movie Brotherhood Of The Wolf, premiering in Geneva at the Smith Opera House this weekend, offers one solution. In 1765, King Louis XV, bothered by reports of the killings, sends court naturalist Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) to find out what this creature is, get rid of it and put a damper on the roiling emotions of the superstitious country folk who are already unhappy with Louis' Age of Reason. De Fronsac arrives with his blood brother, Mani (Mark Dacascos), a Mohawk Iroquois he met while adventuring in the New World.
The two soon discover that there's more than a beast on the prowl; there's a nasty and potentially explosive mix of politics, religion, secret cults, and the supernatural. And all those mauled and dead bodies. Mani's mystical connection with nature, meanwhile, puts him on the track of the creature.
A unique melding of werewolf thriller, French costume drama, American Indian adventure, and martial arts action, Brotherhood Of The Wolf will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28, 29, and 30. Rated R for strong violence and gore, and sexuality/nudity, the film is 142 minutes long. It is in French with
English subtitles. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seats on Thursday are just $3.