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Werewolves Within

 
 
Film Information
 

Plot: A snowstorm traps town residents together inside the local inn, where a newly arrived forest ranger and local postal worker team up to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorising the community.
Release Date: 19th July 2021
Format: Digital | DVD
Director(s): Josh Ruben
Cast: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Anni Krueger
BBFC Certificate: 15
Running Time: 90 mins
Review By: Samuel Love
Genre: ,
 
Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


 

Bottom Line


This old-school horror-comedy romp is a real hidden gem that is destined for cult status.


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Posted July 16, 2021 by

 
Film Review
 
 

Perhaps one of the last video games anybody expected to be adapted into a feature film, Red Storm Entertainment’s Werewolves Within – a VR game published by Ubisoft in 2016 – saw players tasked with guessing which of a small town’s quirky residents was a werewolf. Produced by and starring Veep’s Sam Richardson, this comedy-horror film adaptation of the same name has become the highest-rated film based on a game on Rotten Tomatoes, and for good reason. It’s bloody brilliant.

Directed by Josh Ruben from a screenplay by Mishna Wolff, Werewolves Within is an old-school whodunnit romp in the manner of Knives Out, with genuinely funny and snappy dialogue seasoning a surprisingly compelling script that will keep you guessing throughout. With a flawless ensemble cast bringing to life a variety of eccentric townsfolk that anybody who has lived in a small town will instantly recognise, the film is packed with keenly observed humour in its hilarious, instantly quotable dialogue. But equally effective is the film’s sense of suspense, creating the best horror-comedy since Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (Wright’s distinctive style being a clear influence here, especially during the first act).

Werewolves Within’s budgetary limitations are felt throughout with a very tell-don’t-show approach to the violence, while the climactic showdown isn’t particularly exciting for similar reasons – but the film’s oddball humour and self-aware spoof-like elements mean the film comes out feeling like something of a love letter to both the whodunnit and werewolf subgenres. 

Packed with genuine laughs and thrills in equal measure, Werewolves Within is just good fun that is hard to resist. This is a film that has been put together with a real love for the genre, performed by a cast clearly having a good time – and it’s infectious for the viewer. This old-school horror-comedy romp is a real hidden gem that is destined for cult status. A delight. Also, to filmmakers everywhere – can you please cast Sam Richardson in everything ever until the end of time? Thanks.

WEREWOLVES WITHIN is available on DVD and digital from Signature Entertainment on 19 July 2021


Samuel Love

 
Freelance writer. Email: samuel@smlcreative.co.uk


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