Werewolves Within

2021, Horror/Comedy, 1h 37m

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Werewolves Within is the rare horror comedy that offers equal helpings of either genre -- and adds up to a whole lot of fun in the bargain. Read critic reviews

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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.

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All Critics (130) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (112) | Rotten (18)

  • Starring a delightful Sam Richardson, at its best Werewolves Within feels like a cross between the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys and the 2002 and 2004 live-action Scooby-Doo films.

    July 24, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This goofy horror comedy, based on an online game of the same name, just goes to prove that if you have a great cast, smart direction and witty script you can just about get away with murder.

    July 13, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Werewolves Within is fun without ever rising to frightening or frightfully funny.

    June 30, 2021 | Full Review…
  • A new comedy classic whodunnit in the honored tradition of Clue, Werewolves Within finds the laughs in the jump scare, and brings back the uproarious joy of the "it's behind you!" creeping fright.

    June 25, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is so much fun that at about the 30-minute mark, I found myself wishing Werewolves Within was a TV series titled Welcome to Beaverfield.

    July 28, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Its winking tone and covey of talent combine to inspire plenty of laughs, and that's the most important thing.

    July 28, 2021 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 04, 2021
    Surprisingly based upon a PlayStation VR video game by Ubisoft, Werewolves Within is a fun horror comedy that plays out like a demented Agatha Christie drawing room mystery. Sam Richardson (The Tomorrow War) is a new park ranger assigned to a small snowy town that may or may not be threatened by a werewolf hiding among the townspeople. A series of bloody murders and mangled gas generators points toward some monstrous beast, and over the course of one long night, characters will accuse one another of being the hidden werewolf, and tensions and paranoia mount as the body count rises. Part of the fun comes from the wild whodunit speculation that the filmmakers are aware of. Early on, I started accumulating my band of suspects, and then my red herring suspects, and the movie seems to be fully knowledgeable of this as well, so there's plenty of little details spilled that, in an ordinary movie would prove conclusive to the detail-oriented viewer; however, Werewolves Within is full of motivations and clever fleeting details to throw you off. Richardson is wonderfully nonplussed as the supremely nice and easy-going ranger who finds himself frantically trying to be the voice of calm and security as the town breaks down. The supporting characters are rather one-note nutjobs but each has a different personality to sprinkle into the chaotic mix. The eventual reveal of the culprit involves a lot of explaining to cover hidden character deception that could have used more setup to feel less forced. I also wished the humor and the horror was a bit crazier. I knew the horror wasn't going to be pronounced, as most horror-comedies typically favor one more than the other, but I wished the comedy had escalated as the characters further gave in to the insanity of the ridiculous situation. It's a movie that's easy going in charm and finely punctuated with some sharp one-liners and silly visual gags. It's agreeable to its core and a lighthearted yet gory way to spend 90 minutes. By default, it's also one of the best video game adaptations made into a movie. That's primarily because it's a recognizable murder mystery structure just with a genre kick. I wish everything had been given an extra dose of elevation and hijinks, comedy and horror, but that might detract from the overall droll charm, lead by Richardson. Werewolves Within makes me wish for an anthology franchise just transplanting its premise across new settings. Imagine The Hangover but having to also figure out which of your recovering blackout drunk friends was a werewolf. It just works. Nate's Grade: B
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