Review: Werewolves Within (2021)

  • Director: Josh Ruben
  • Writer: Mishna Wolff
  • Stars: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil 

Review

Apparently Werewolves Within was a VR game released in 2016, I say apparently because I’d never heard and have no idea if the game was any good but it matters not because Werewolves Within the film is excellent. A very funny whodunit/whoisit that has some really sweet and really dark moments.

New Ranger Finn (Richardson) rolls into the tiny village of Beaverfield, to begin his new position. He is quickly shown around town by the Postal worker Cecily (Vayntrub) and we meet the quirky inhabitants from the same sex couple, the recluse & the rednecks to name a few – the village has a whole array of quirky characters. When the power goes out and it becomes apparent that there is a creature roaming the snowy surrounds, the villagers find themselves boarded up in the local inn. As tempers fray and accusations fly, the villagers realise that they are all targets and one of them may just be the monster.

Werewolves Within skewers…well basically all political and internet discourse. By bringing together all different types of people in close quarters with the added pressure of a monster, they soon turn on each other with no evidence or reason (sound familiar?). This of course creates some very funny moments and Mishna Wolff writes some great gags and they are delivered perfectly by the cast. Richardson is so great throughout, his delivery is familiar but never boring whilst Vayntrub is a good foil for Richardson, they have great comic timing bouncing of each other.

Ruben creates a great atmosphere and in the third act, keeps a fantastic pace and manages some excellent jump scares that also have a comedic punchline to them. A well written and directed film, ably helped by a great cast, Werewolves Within is a fun film that you should check out.

Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78

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