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Werewolves Within (2021)

I watched a really funny and surprisingly enjoyable new film on Netflix recently.

Werewolves Within (2021)

Don’t be put off by the title, it’s a lot better than you might think.

I hadn’t actually heard of this one until recently when one of my followers on Facebook mentioned in the comments of one of my posts that she’d watched it. A few days later Mrs Screen Room Movie Blog and I bumped into it whilst scrolling through Netflix and decided to give it a go.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s a quirky comedy/mystery/horror based on the 2016 video game of the same name.

It stars Sam Richardson (The Tomorrow War), Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us), Michael Cernus (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Wayne Duvall (A Quiet Place Part II) among others.

This is what it’s about:

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 Wheeler (Richardson) and postal worker Cecily Moore (Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.

I really enjoyed this movie! It’s a real “whodunnit” kind of film.

The cast is great with the extremely likeable Sam Richardson in the lead role, the adorably cute Milana Vayntrub (who my wife rightly pointed out is “my type”) in the co-starring role and a host of other fun and colourful characters backing them up along the way.

The setting is brilliant (apparently filmed in New York State’s Hudson Valley, near the town of Woodstock), and despite the film being set during a snow storm, it has a really warm cosiness about it (if that makes any sense).

I’ve said before that there are certain films I’m a real sucker for, survival movies, minimal cast type films like Cast Away (which actually fits into both of those categories) and generally anything that involves isolation and snow. This movie ticks a lot of boxes for me. Not only does it fall into one of my “sucker-for” categories, but it’s funny, has a good story, fun characters and a nicely selected cast.

It kind of reminded me in a way of The Dead Don’t Die but much better (although I do have a strange fondness for that film).

If you like movies like Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express and Knives Out, just set in a snowy little town with oddball residents and werewolves, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this film.

It gets two thumbs up from me.

Seen it? Let me know what you think.

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