In Review: Werewolf by Night (Disney+)

The attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic. The hunt will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.
Werewolf by Night

Synopsis: On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows. Their leader dead, they gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple. 

What follows Is a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life. The attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic. The hunt will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.

Review: Werewolf by Night is my favorite Marvel production to date. I’ll be giving this wonderful yarn straight 10s.

 

Story

Michael Giacchino directed and scored an absolutely heartfelt homage to the Universal Horror of the 1930s and 40s. His pitch-perfect use of light and shadow should be studied by everyone seeking to do this kind of storytelling going forward.

For their parts, writers Heather Quinn and Peter Cameron didn’t reinvent the wheel. They understood how to blend both Universal and Marvel elements.

First, I appreciated how they dispensed with origin stories. Moreover, I found it restful to not know when the story was taking place. Those omissions allowed me to completely immerse myself and just have fun.

Second, I liked their judicious use of comedy. There are times and places for wall-to-wall punch lines. This wasn’t one of them.

Third, I loved meeting Jack, Ted, and Elsa. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them in the MCU.

 

Acting

Gael García Bernal put a fresh spin on the tropes established by Lon Chaney, Jr. Bernal’s Jack Russell was obviously scarred, but not broken. His performance was engaging, layered, and real.

Laura Donnelly was obviously having a blast as Elsa Bloodstone. She made the most of being a modern leading lady within an homage to yesteryear.

For his part, Carey Jones crushed it as the former Dr. Ted Sallis. Jones made me feel every second of Ted’s experiences.

Finally, I must give kudos to Harriet Sansom Harris. She brilliantly played the stepmother from Hell. 

 

Overall

Werewolf by Night will be annual viewing for me. Additionally, I hope we get an ongoing series. Thank you, Marvel and Disney+

Werewolf by Night is streaming now on Disney+

10
Werewolf by Night (Disney+)
  • Story
    10
  • Performances
    10
  • Directing
    10
  • Score
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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