Scary Movie Review: Werewolf By Night (2022)

Title: Werewolf By Night
Release Date: October 7, 2022
Director: Michael Giacchino
Production Company: Marvel Studios

I felt a pang of nostalgia when Werewolf By Night was preceded by a “TV Special” title card reminiscent of the bygone days of TV movies and miniseries that were a big deal in the era before streaming. The movie itself is filmed in black & white and pays homage to the classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, although the black & white also covers up a higher level of gore than would’ve made it onscreen back in the day.  At 55 minutes long, Werewolf By Night is incredible efficient at setting up the premise, the character’s backstories, and the action set pieces so that the lead characters even have time for long conversations.  The creators of the often overlong MCU movies can learn something from this.

The story relates to the powerful weapon known as the Bloodstone.  After the death of its owner, Ulysses Bloodstone, his widow Verussa (Harriet Sansom Harris) invites five monster hunters to compete in a hunt with the winner/survivor inheriting the Bloodstone and all its powers.  Among the hunters are Jack Russell (Gael García Bernal) and Elsa Bloodstone (Laura Donnelly) who is Ulysses’ estranged daughter and Verussa’s stepdaughter.

Not surprisingly, among the characters at Bloodstone Manor on the night of the hunt is a werewolf!  The hunt leads to some interesting alliances and some clever twists. I really had no idea about Werewolf By Night, so I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but it is all very good.  And I just love Ted (Carey Jones).

Rating: ***1/2





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