A year after the release of his feature-length debut, Scare Me, director Josh Ruben follows up with yet another horror-comedy in Werewolves Within, based on the video game of the same name. Unlike most werewolf movies, this one doesn’t grapple with the issue of actually becoming a werewolf, but rather the terror that builds up in a small town whose people try to figure out which one of them is responsible for viciously murdering their neighbors each full moon.
Tensions in Beaverfield, Vermont are already high to begin with. The town, which apparently from this movie only consists of about ten people, is divided on whether or not a new pipeline should be built—an idea proposed by local businessman Sam Parker (Wayne Duvall).
Social discourse is somewhat of a foreign concept to park ranger Finn Wheeler (Sam Richardson), who’s just gotten reassigned to Beaverfield. He’s a people-pleaser and seems totally averse to any sort of confrontation. He becomes fast friends with mail carrier Cecily (Milana Vayntrub), who sh ws him around the town and introduces him to all of the local weirdos. After the resident yenta’s dog gets eaten, nearly a dozen townspeople gather at the local inn, where they all decide to take shelter for the night and arm themselves with pistols. After the next few attacks, a visiting environmentalist comes to the conclusion that the animal is, in fact, a werewolf. But since the attacks are now coming from inside the inn, the people must figure out who the perpetrator actually is.