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Werewolves Within

And just like that . . . a future cult classic has arrived!

Based on a Ubisoft game and featuring a wonderful cast and of solidly realized characters, Werewolves Within is the whodunnit horror/comedy of the year.  Fresh as the falling snow that has cut off the small town at the center of this killer thrill and as brisk as a walk around the park, this film serves up plenty of laughs on the way to its next victim.  But just exactly who is the clawed creature running amuck through Beaverfield?

"a blast from start to finish and should even satisfy those gorehounds out there who are solely in it for the fear and the fur to begin flying"


 

Sam Parker (Wayne Duvall) wants to know.  You see, Sam, being the big businessman that he is, has proposed that an oil pipeline go through the center of the town.  The citizens are divided about this prospect and have hit a sort of critical mass in being good neighbors about the whole damn thing.  Lines in the snow are being drawn and, suddenly, the progressive and conservative members of the community find themselves being hunted down by one by one.

Enter the ultra-nice forest ranger tasked with easing the building of the pipeline.  Finn Wheeler (Sam Robinson) is insanely too nice about damn near everything.  In fact, he enters the story listening to tapes about how to be a man about things.  For the ladies, his version of being too nice is a huge turn off, so he is trying to MAN UP about everything.

The results are hilarious as he comes face to face with the town’s charming postal worker, Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) - who knows all of the town’s ins and outs and all of the secrets they try to hide from their neighbors.  She even takes him to see the town’s scary recluse, Emerson Flint (Glenn Fleshler), who greets them both with guns and more guns.  Guess it pays to be the malil delivery person in Small Town, USA.  Werewolves Within

The two social misfits soon bond and, on the night the snow piles up beyond expectations, they find themselves in the middle of a power outage which only increases the tensions in the town where people are already being knocked off.  Trapped alongside the rest of the bitter residents in a lodge, a comical whodunnit suddenly appears from the blanket of snow and its footprints are abnormally big and hairy!

There’s a werewolf on the loose!  

Featuring fun performances from George Basil, Sarah Burns, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, Harvey Guillén, Rebecca Henderson, Cheyenne Jackson, and Michaela Watkins, Werewolves Within is a fun world to be immersed in.  It is irreverent, full of great music selections, and the characters are every bit as lopsided as they need to be in order to pull off this comedy and the horror - as both elements are handled with a bit of Edgar Wright sophistication.  The movie is a blast from start to finish and should even satisfy those gorehounds out there who are solely in it for the fear and the fur to begin flying.

FURR-ocisously FANGtastic, Werewolves Within will keep you on the edge of your seat when you aren't howling alongside its own madness.  The film is now on blu-ray thanks to iFC Films and RLJE Films.

5/5 beer

 

Werewolves Within

Blu-ray Details

Home Video Distributor: RLJ Entertainment
Available on Blu-ray
- December 7, 2021
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English SDH, French, Spanish
Audio:
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

After a proposed pipeline creates divisions within the small town of Beaverfield, and a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.

Video

Presented in a dynamic 2.39:1 aspect ratio, this release from RLJE Films is full of crisp details and depth, highlighting both the snowy atmosphere and the darkness of the night descending around these characters.  While some of the locations might feel a little lacking due to the digital nature of this shoot, the details in the clothes make up for it.  Black levels are of a high quality with nice lines, thick even in the shadows of the bar and some of the interiors throughout this feature.  Colors absolutely pop in this future cult classic and the neon lights - strong in blues and reddish pinks - are strong throughout.

Audio

With a vast and atmospheric soundtrack, the scares and snows come to life thanks to this expansive DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack.  

Supplements:

Commentary:

Special Features:

Sadly, for a film this good, fans get NOTHING.  Seriously.  There’s nothing here.  Stop looking.

Blu-ray Rating

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 5/5 stars
  Extras 0/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

3.5/5 stars


Film Details

Werewolves Within

MPAA Rating: R for some bloody violence, sexual references and language throughout.
Runtime:
97 mins
Director
: Josh Ruben
Writer:
Mishna Wolff
Cast:
Sam Richardson; Milana Vayntrub; George Basil
Genre
: Comedy | Horror
Tagline:
A Whodunnit With Teeth.
Memorable Movie Quote: "I had no idea how small time I was until I met you."
Theatrical Distributor:
IFC Films
Official Site: https://www.ifcfilms.com/films/werewolves-within
Release Date:
July 2, 2021
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:

Synopsis: A proposed gas pipeline has created divisions within the small town of Beaverfield. When a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.

Art

Werewolves Within

 

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