By Peter Harper
Now I am not at all familiar with the Ubisoft game in which this film is loosely based upon, which may be a good thing to be honest. Movie’s based off computer games are generally a horrendous experience. What attracted me to this was Actor / Director Josh Ruben. His last effort the delightful horror/comedy SCARE ME was one of the highlights of 2020. He follows up with a tonally similar movie, but this time around throwing a whodunit into the mix. It’s a sort of KNIVES OUT with elements of WOLF COP.
The story revolves around the residents of Beaverfield and the division that’s caused by the impending new gas pipe that’s to run through their town. The strange, eclectic group gather in the local Inn during a snow storm to not only thrash out their differences, but to figure out who or what caused the death of the one of the beloved townsfolk and a residents dog named ‘Chachi’.
Leading the investigation are newly arrived Ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) and stand in postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntraub) Both instantly drawn to each other due to the fact the rest of the town are absolutely bonkers. Richardson, hot from the new Chris Pratt sci-fi/action flick THE TOMMOROW WAR is charming in the role of Finn. He’s an everyman, who’s nervous demeaner plays off terrifically against the rest of the bizarre townsfolk. He’s instantly watchable and when paired against the quirky, beautiful Cecily (Vayntraud) they put in really convincing performances, but admittedly every performance is on the money. The performances paired with the offbeat story feels very retro in vibe. There’s a nostalgia about the entire film that wouldn’t feel out of place in the 80’s.
What makes Ruben one to watch is his out-of-the-box style. Not every joke lands and sometimes things can get a tad predictable, but the way he shoots, actors he chooses and pacing make his films thoroughly enjoyable.
Fans seeking out this title may feel slightly frustrated with the lack of werewolf activity. The blood and gore are very thin and sporadic, but it’s not that type of movie. Everything is done in a comedic way that just makes you smile.
Overall WEREWOLVES WITHIN is a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The film looks great, with fun characters and silly humour. What’s not to like.
Signature Entertainment presents Werewolves Within on Digital Platforms and DVD from 19th July 2021.