As we kick off werewolf month on Rewind of the Living Dead, we review the new film “Werewolves Within” from director Josh Ruben and starring Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub…
Each week in July, Rewind of the Living Dead will review films featuring werewolves with upcoming reviews including “An American Werewolf in London” as well as “Silver Bullet” and we kick things off with the new film “Werewolves Within”
When comedian and writer Mishna Wolff was invited to take part in the Women’s Film and Television Fellowship at Ubisoft Film and Television, she was more than happy to attend but one of the perks that came along with the invitation was a stack of video games made by the company.
One of those games centered around a whodunit set in a medieval town where a group of villagers are tasked with trying to find out which one of them is a werewolf in disguise before all of them are eaten. Wolff enjoyed the concept so much that she transplanted the idea into a screenplay adaptation but she changed the setting from medieval times to a small, one-horse town in the middle of Vermont.
The screenplay eventually landed in the hands of Josh Ruben, who was fresh off his feature film directorial debut — the Shudder original called “Scare Me” where he wrote, directed and starred in the movie alongside “The Boys” Aya Cash. For his second feature film, Ruben decided to just stay behind the camera while directing Wolff’s script, adding in a few more lines and a few dashes of comedy where it was needed.
The end result was a horror-comedy that one reviewer praised as a rare video game adaptation that didn’t make him want to “gouge” his eyes out after watching it.
Set in the snowy town of Beaverfield where residents are caught in a grudge match with a fossil fuel company trying to run a pipeline right through their community and the sudden arrival of a murderous beast, neighbors are forced to band together to survive while also wondering which one of them might be the one howling at the moon.
In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to lock the doors and load up our guns as we review the 2021 film “Werewolves Within”…
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