IFC Films has debuted a new and howlingly good trailer for its upcoming horror-comedy Werewolves Within. Set for a theatrical release on June 25 and On Demand on July 2, the film is based on the 2016 VR game Werewolves Within published by Ubisoft. The film finds a group of quirky small-town residents trapped inside a local inn while being hunted by ravenous beasts. Instead of presenting the scenario as straight horror, Werewolves Within appears to draw inspiration from films like Shaun of the Dead and What We Do in the Shadows in terms of its sense of humor.
“I grew up near the same small town where we shot Werewolves Within,” said Werewolves Within director Josh Ruben in a statement. “As a kid, I’d freak myself out, making up monster stories, running through the woods, pretending I was Chief Brody, fighting creatures in the brush (I LOVED Jaws — hell, I loved horror). That hometown experience, where neighbors knew your business (whether you liked it or not) is so much of what makes Werewolves so personal. But, as much as I love horror movies, nothing scares me more than people. And as much as this movie is an homage to my love for Hot Fuzz, the Coen Brothers, and Arachnophobia, it’s also about the monster in all of us.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
After a proposed pipeline creates divisions within the small town of Beaverfield, and a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.
Directed by Josh Ruben (Scare Me), with a screenplay written by Mishna Wolff, Werewolves Within stars Jason Altman, Magaret Boykin, Andrew Liberman, Natalie Matzger, Matt Miller, Benjamin Wiessner, and Sam Richardson. Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, Wayne Duvall, Harvey Guillen, Rebecca Henderson, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, and Glenn Fleshler also star.
Paranoia will either be the key to survival or a means of certain doom when Werewolves Within is unleashed this Summer.