Wolf Lake (1978)

Wolf Lake (1978, USA) C-84m. ** D: Burt Kennedy. Starring Rod Steiger, David Huffman, Robin Mattson, Jerry Hardin, Richard Herd, Paul Mantee. Four vietnam vets led by Steiger travel to a cabin in the Canadian wilderness, where they meet deserter Huffman and his girlfriend. Steiger, who lost his son in the war, soon unleashes his anger at the couple. Thriller is a bit too simplistic and formulaic, but Steiger is intimidatingly good and writer-director Kennedy gives the movie some interesting touches. Re-released in 1980 as THE HONOR GUARD with a different ending. Worth a look, though doesn't compare to either DELIVERANCE or STRAW DOGS.


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