When they call this an 80s throwback, they mean it. Beast Mode stars C Thomas Howell (The Hitcher), Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China) and James Duval (Gone in 60 Seconds).
This one’s all about a has-been Hollywood producer who accidentally kills the lead in his next movie, which means that — of course — he must use an ancient herbal elixir and ends up releasing shapeshifting beasts onto the streets of Los Angeles.
This is directed by Chris W. Freeman, who made 2012’s Sorority Party Massacre, and Spain Willingham, who also acts in this movie. The effects are pretty solid, so it has that going for it. A Hollywood insider werewolf-ish movie. The last one I saw like that was Howling 3: The Marsupials, which this would pair well with.
Beast Mode is available on demand and on DVD from Devilworks Pictures.