The year of 2020 has been horrible for everybody. Many people are living day-to-day and so many locally owned businesses are no longer with us. The pandemic has also affected larger chains as well, especially when it comes to entertainment. Movies stopped filming, theatres shut down and entertainment that we really needed to keep our mind off of things were non-existent.
It’s now October and though some theatres have opened up, mostly showing older films, the format of streaming has helped to some degree to get films into the public’s eye. This is one of those films. THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW came out on Video On Demand on October 9th and quickly became the movie to see when it came to horror. Written and directed by Jim Cummings, who also helped on the visual effects of the 2014 film CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, to me has a lot to live up to when it comes to werewolf movies. It’s seems as though these films are either great or horrible, with no in between. How did this stack up?
The film opens with some stunning cinematography with snow covered mountains seen from above in Utah. Brianne and PJ, a young couple who you think are the main characters of the film, are on a small vacation and PJ plans on asking Brianne to marry him. All plans fall short when she is mauled outside of their cabin by what looks like wolves.
The police investigate and we get to know the police force pretty well, including the main deputy whose life is spiraling out of control. The body count starts to rise and in each case, entire parts of the victims are missing. During the second attack, we see the killer and it is a beautifully rendered werewolf. This film is a dark comedy and for me, it took a little while to get into. Once you get used to the quick dialog though, it’s a film you can just sit back and enjoy.
The werewolf scenes are fantastic and visually are well designed. The more you get to know the characters, the more the movie brings you in. There are a lot of people in this film, all of whom make you wonder if they are the werewolf. There’s a surprise twist ending as well and I think this movie would stand up to repeated viewings.
Like I said before, it took me a little bit to get into the film, and once I realized where it was going, I enjoyed it a lot. The acting is top notch, the scenery is beautiful and there’s a werewolf. What more can you ask for? It’s less than 90 minutes long and there’s quick pacing as well.
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