REVIEW: Ravenwolf Towers, Episode Two: Bonds of Blood
– By Dave Dubrow
Interested readers can see my review of Episode One of RAVENWOLF TOWERS here. Some spoilers from that episode will be revealed in this piece, so if you haven’t watched RAVENWOLF TOWERS EPISODE ONE: BAD MARY yet, you will want to do that before reading on.
There’s a good reason why the first episode was titled Bad Mary, and you’ll see why in episode two: Bonds of Blood. Mary reveals quite a lot of herself in this chapter, and the bizarre family dynamics of the weirdos who live in Ravenwolf Towers’ upper floor get a good deal of play. Where Shiloh Creveling, the actress portraying Mary, shines most is in her brief scenes with Jake: she pulls off the faux-innocent lamb rather more convincingly than she does the stern matriarch of an inbred clan.
As with the previous episode, the best parts feature Ivan Ivanoff, the vampire hunter. George Appleby, the actor, pulls off an amazing trick here: he manages to make the character interesting in spite of being a little person instead of because he’s a little person. He shows a calm, dry competence that elevates the character to beyond a gimmick.
Because this is a Full Moon Feature, I have to point out that there’s a good deal of skin in this episode, and not just Ms. Creveling’s; a pair of giggling lesbians foolishly rent a room at Ravenwolf, and, well…I think you know what happens next.
The overwrought, constantly-shouting building manager is as hysterical as ever; the sinister, puppet-kissing Dr Lorca makes another appearance; and the nature of the weird juice the horrible clan extracts from its victims is revealed, somewhat.
So what’re you waiting for? Grab your copy and get watching. The next full moon (and hence the next episode) rises on February 10. You’ve still got time to get caught up.