Werewolves Within review – a harmless diversion

July 3, 2021
M.N. Miller 0
Film, Film Reviews
3

Summary

Werewolves Within has a nice balance of thrills, shrills, and eye-opening kills to satisfy fans while dealing with all the subterfuge. A harmless, dark-comic diversion.

3

Summary

Werewolves Within has a nice balance of thrills, shrills, and eye-opening kills to satisfy fans while dealing with all the subterfuge. A harmless, dark-comic diversion.

This review of Werewolves Within is spoiler-free.

A cool, refreshing indie horror-comedy is always welcome to not only counter the summer heat but the big, quippy, digital infused blockbusters. Sam Richardson is just the kind of actor to headline such a film. He’s a big, goofy actor with an “adorkable” charm that wins people over easily. He has it in droves here.

Richardson stars as Finn, a new forest ranger in a good, snowy mountain hamlet. He is coming off a break-up, though he still thinks they are just on a break. His first night he barely beats a snowstorm into town but meets a buxom postal worker, Cecily (Milani Vayntrub), who has eyes for him. Of course, that night, a creature begins to terrorize the community of mixed-eccentric nuts (including Michaela Watkins, Cheyanne Jackson, Sarah Burns, and Wayne Duvall). The storm makes it impossible for anyone to escape. Finn and company must bring everyone together to team up and survive the night.

Director Josh Ruben, working with a script from Mishna Wolff, keeps the gruesome and sometimes shocking violence remarkably light for a dark comedy. The film is heavily reliant on its likable cast, including Vayntrub, best know for her role as Lily in those AT&T commercials, who is carrying an equal amount of comic relief.

The script though can’t get out of its way with implausible twists and so much subterfuge that it chases its tail when there is an obvious villain. Although Richardson’s considerable talent offers enough laughs as a diversion, Werewolves Within is a good 20 minutes too long.

While I would recommend watching Jim Cummings’ far superior The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Rubens’ amusing Werewolves Within has a nice balance of thrills, shrills, and eye-opening kills to satisfy fans while covering up some gigantic-sized plot sinkholes. A harmless, dark-comic diversion.

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