Werewolves Within Movie Review

Written by Janine Pipe

Released by IFC Films

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Directed by Josh Ruben
Written by Mishna Wolff
2021, 97 minutes, Rated R
Released on June 25th, 2021

Sam Richardson as Finn Wheeler
Milana Vayntrub as Cecily Moore
George Basil as Marcus
Sarah Burns as Gwen
Michael Chernus as Pete Anderton

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I am a huge fan of lycanthropes. HUGE. And yet I find there are not hundreds of options when it comes to good werewolf movies with a high re-watchability factor.

It is no secret that Dog Soldiers is one of my all-time favourite movies and one of the things that I most love about it, is the humour.

So when I saw director Josh Ruben tweeting about a comedy horror called Werewolves Within, I was immediately excited. Highly intrigued. Interest piqued, yes you catch my drift. Now sometimes that amount of hype can let you down.

Thankfully, this gem of a movie did not.

I absolutely loved it.

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We follow the story of Finn (played by the wonderful Sam Richardson, who is also producer) as he embarks (see what I did there?) on a new Ranger post in a town called Beaverfield. He soon meets the mail-person, Cecily (played by the fantastic Milana Vayntrub) and after a snowstorm cuts the power in the town, they find themselves trapped alongside some other interesting inhabitants and seek refuge at the local inn. Of cause, chaos ensues along with a plethora of funny moments and some great setups.

The thing that I most appreciate and enjoy about this film is the characters, it is often true in any medium that you need to feel something for them or the story will be meaningless. Even if you loathe them, that is still an emotion. Each member of the cast evoked something in me and that is no easy feat. The film is exactly what the tagline says, a whodunit with teeth. There are some truly awful characters (insofar as they are horrible people, the actors are all spot-on), there are some brilliant set-pieces (timing with comedy is imperative and Ruben nails it) and some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Is it scary? I would argue no, there are a couple of creepy moments and jump-scares, but another one of my all-time favourite movies is Brain Dead/Dead Alive and I would argue that isn’t scary either.

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My only regret was watching it on the hottest day of the year so far in the UK, as the snow scenes and the fire in the inn made me feel all cozy and then I remembered I was sweating like a pig and had the fan turned up to a million. I will most definitely re-visit Werewolves Within when it is actually cooler, in fact I would go so far as to suggest it would make perfect Halloween viewing.

Josh Ruben has yet again shown me that he is someone to keep an eye on.

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Movie: 5 Star Rating Cover

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Janine Pipe
Staff Reviewer
Janine has enjoyed horror from an early age, frightening herself with ghost stories and learning the craft from Stephen King. After trading in a police badge and an apple for the teach (ing assistant) er, she decided to try her hand at something she loved – writing her own scary stuff. She has many terrifying tales published and has been nominated for a 2020 Splatterpunk Award. She hopes her mum never reads a certain story about a hole in a tree … As well as reading and writing, she is an editor and publicist for Kandisha Press with her BFF Jill, where she is always on the lookout for new women’s voices for their anthologies. Her favourite authors and influences are quite obvious when you read her work. But she’d like to remind you they are: Glenn Rolfe, Hunter Shea and Tim Meyer. When not writing, reading or reviewing, Janine can be found at home with her husband and daughter, planning their next trip to Walt Disney World and drinking obscene amounts of coffee.
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