Brotherhood of the Wolf (2002, Jeremie Renier, Mark Dacascos, Monica Bellucci, Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel ) (see also under SWASHBUCKLER & COSTUME FILMS)
BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF is a wild mix of martial arts, horror, and French period drama. Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan), a charming naturalist and libertine, arrives in Gevaudan with his companion, Mani (Mark Dacascos), a taciturn Mohawk Iroquois Indian with amazing fighting skills. Fronsac has been sent by the king to investigate a mysterious beast that is slaughtering women and children across the countryside. The local gentry include the friendly Marquis Thomas D'Apcher (Jeremie Renier), Jean-Francois de Morangias (Vincent Cassel), a one-armed adventurer with a suspicious nature, and his beautiful sister, Marianne (Emilie Dequenne of ROSETTA). Though Fronsac is immediately attracted to Marianne, he still finds time to visit Sylvia (Monica Bellucci), a mysterious prostitute with a penchant for sharp objects. Fronsac and Mani quickly realize that the killer is not a wolf, but something bigger and far more deadly.