Werewolves Within Review: A Hilarious Horror Whodunit
Ubisoft’s hit crime novel video game gets an equally successful big screen adaptation. Werewolves inside is a sassy horror comedy that delights from start to finish. The movie has a nice guy stuck in a small town with a savage killer on the loose. He is forced to survive the night, as he tries to figure out which of the strange residents is the carnivore culprit. Werewolves inside he never takes himself too seriously. The film cleverly blends standard horror tropes with skillful directing and perfectly timed humorous casting reactions. Werewolves
Sam richardson He plays Finn, an affable ranger who has been reassigned to the snowy mountain town of Beaver field. He checks into the local inn and meets Cecily (Milana Vayntrub), another recent transplant and a new postman. The inn is owned by the emotional Jeanine (Catherine Curtin), whose husband recently left her. Other guests include Dr. Ellis (Rebecca Henderson), a renowned environmentalist, and Sam Parker (Wayne Duvall), a businessman who wants to build a pipeline in Beaverfield. He needs the city to vote unanimously for the pipeline or the ordinance will fail. Dr. Ellis, of course, bitterly objects.
The story begins when Trisha Anderton’s (Michaela Watkins) beloved dog is snatched away during her night walk. She and her skilled husband (Michael Chernus) want Finn to investigate. He and Cecily find a disturbing clue. But before they can continue, a bitter snowstorm hits Beaverfield. The roads are blocked and there is no power. The townspeople flee to the inn, but the generator suddenly fails. Finn discovers that claw marks have shattered the metal casing. Someone, or something, has trapped them all at the inn.
Each character has a strange quirk that comes into play as the story progresses. The money in the pipeline pits rich against poor, which in turn reveals deeper social and cultural divisions. These interactions become more fun as the danger increases. Finn has to overcome his meek personality to referee the escalating hostilities. Milana Vayntrub, famous for her commercial portrayal of AT & T’s “Lily,” displays her acting skills with scathing sarcasm. Cheyenne Jackson and Harvey Guillén are also hilarious scene robbers as a wealthy gay couple. The cast of veteran character actors is in comedic best shape here.
Director Josh Ruben (Scare me, Adam ruins everything) uses quick cut edits and focused camera shots to capture the madness of the situation. The actors, who are experienced in improvisation and theater, overreact. This is great when you are all in one scene together. Ruben then cleverly moves away from the group’s perspective to show individual responses. This is well done and gives the movie a different flow. Anna Drubich’s music is essential to highlight these moments. Screenwriter Mishna Wolff also deserves credit for updating the video game’s plot. She creates a clever mystery. Werewolves inside has all facets of production on the same page. You get the feeling that everyone who worked on this movie was completely engaged and understood the tone of the narrative.
Horror comedies are rarely that enjoyable. I find most forays in this genre disappointing and poorly executed. Werewolves inside find the right balance. It’s fun when it should be, but never silly. And he sneaks in some scares when least expected. Werewolves inside is a Ubisoft and Vanishing Angle production. It will be released in theaters on June 25. Followed by a VOD streaming premiere on July 2 from IFC Films.
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