Werewolves Within – Tribeca 2021

(Clockwise from lower right) Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Catherine Curtin, Harvey Guillen, Cheyenne Jackson, George Basil and Sarah Burns in WEREWOLVES WITHIN, produced by Ubisoft Film & Television, Vanishing Angle, and Sam Richardson. Courtesy of Sabrina Lantos. An IFC Films Release.

Werewolves Within is a whodunit horror-comedy set in a small town and this film is just as hysterical, albeit scarier, as Knives Out.

“Listening is where love begins. Listening to ourselves and then our neighbors.” – Mr. Rogers

A Fred Rogers quote probably isn’t the first thing one would think of when it comes to this film. But as far as on-screen quotes go, it’s not as way out there as one would think. That being said, I do love how they arrange the score for when the quote appears on screen. It’s how you know you’re going to be in for quite the ride!

Here’s what you need to know about the film: a proposed pipeline has divided the small town of Beaverfield. Unfortunately, a snowstorm manages to trap people inside an inn while there’s a mysterious creature that is on the loose. Nobody knows exactly what it is. Could it be a coyote or dare we even say a werewolf? Anyway, Finn Wheeler (Sam Richardson) and Cecily Moore (Milana Vayntrub) are new to town as a forest ranger and postal worker, respectively. They’ve taken it upon themselves to get to the bottom of it. If you’ve ever seen a whodunit, you already know this is easier said than done.

To say that Werewolves Within has quite the cast would not be an understatement. I’ve been saying that Sam Richardson is going to be a star ever since he was on the Second City Mainstage in Chicago. The comedian has crushed it over the years and even in an ensemble film, he proves himself to be leading man material on screen. If this film does serve as your introduction to Richardson, you’re in for a fun ride. But seriously though, please check out some of his other work! My advice to filmmakers and casting directors out there is to please cast Sam Richardson in more leading roles.

Richardson certainly is not the only star in this film. There are so many other talented comedians and actors in the cast. Everyone brings to their own quirks to the picture especially Catherine Curtin and Glenn Fleshler. Again, it’s an ensemble piece at the end of the day. I love what they all bring to the film.

In terms of the horror portion of the film, there are bits and pieces scattered throughout. But it’s not really the scary time–at least not until maybe the film’s final ten minutes. Trust me, this film runs more to the comedy side of things. I’m not a fan of horror so if I didn’t think I could handle it, I wouldn’t have watched.

Werewolves Within takes the whodunit up a notch while adding a few bites.

DIRECTOR: Josh Ruben
CAST: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, Wayne Duvall, Harvey Guillén, Rebecca Henderson, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, and Glenn Fleshler

Werewolves Within holds its world premiere during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight Narrative program. IFC Films will release Werewolves Within in theaters on June 25 and Digital/VOD on July 2.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.