Werewolves Within parents guide

Werewolves Within Parent Guide

This film is stylized and quirky, taking the edge off the horror and playing around with the comedy.

Overall C

In Theaters and Digital on Demand: When bodies start piling up, a new forest ranger discovers that his bland small town has some shockingly bloody secrets.

Release date June 25, 2021

Violence D
Sexual Content B
Profanity D
Substance Use B

Why is Werewolves Within rated R? The MPAA rated Werewolves Within R for some bloody violence, sexual references and language throughout

Run Time: 97 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Beaverfield is a quiet, remote, town – or, at least it was until Sam Parker (Wayne Duvall) came to town to get local approval for an oil pipeline planned to run through the community. So when the new Forest Ranger, Finn (Sam Richardson) arrives, it’s to a community split in two by the upcoming referendum. Thankfully, he has the helpful postal employee Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) to show him around, which involves a memorable introduction to the heavily armed and deeply secluded local trapper Emerson Flint (Glenn Fleshler). But soon after Finn’s arrival, things in town start to go badly wrong. A dog is missing, a dead body is found under the hotel porch, and the power generators are sabotaged just as a massive blizzard sweeps into town. With the roads closed and everyone holed up in the hotel until the storm dies down, there’s bound to be trouble. And trouble doesn’t take long to arrive…

Horror comedies have a pretty thin line to toe in terms of tone. They can easily be too gross, too scary, or too funny, in addition to all of the usual problems that plague films. The solution most of them arrive at is to be stylized and quirky, which takes the edge off of the horror aspects and lets them play around with the comedy a little more. That’s what happens here.

It’s not a bad solution, either. Once you get sucked into the typical small town insanity of Beaverfield, the locals’ responses to the mounting body count can be entertaining. It definitely helps if you’ve spent some time in a small town yourself, but if you haven’t, don’t feel like I’m pressuring you. It’s weird out there, man. There’s a reason those towns stay small, and it’s not high rent.

As far as content goes, Werewolves Within falls on the mild side of the horror movie splatter scale. The violence sounds worse than it is, as most of it happens off-screen or out of focus without too much gruesome detail. The biggest issue is likely to be, as usual, the profanity – although even that is lower than it could have been. Finn, the protagonist, has a very Ned Flanders vibe about him, and is more likely to drop an “Oh heavens!” than an f-bomb, which I can’t say for the rest of the townsfolk. Sadly, the bad language keeps this flick from clearing the bar for a scary family movie night, but fans of horror comedies or quirky films generally might have a good time with the deranged denizens of Beaverfield.

Directed by Josh Ruben. Starring Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Michael Chernus, Glenn Fleshler. Running time: 97 minutes. Theatrical release June 25, 2021. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Werewolves Within rated R? Werewolves Within is rated R by the MPAA for some bloody violence, sexual references and language throughout

Violence: Individuals are maimed, bitten, stabbed, shot, blown up, run over, and burned. A mangled corpse is briefly seen. One individual has their hand bitten off.
Sexual Content: There are references to adultery and a few crude sexual references.
Profanity: There are 30 sexual expletives, 16 scatological curses, and occasional uses of mild profanity and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults are shown drinking alcohol.

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Other quirky horror comedies include Sean of the Dead, The Dead Don’t Die, Willy’s Wonderland, and Freaky. This film specifically borrows from Sean of the Dead, as well as The Thing (the original, not the 2011 prequel), An American Werewolf in London, and Fargo. Younger viewers looking for a funnier take on the macabre might enjoy The Addams Family or Hotel Transylvania.