Werewolf By Night Review! MCU Goes Horror!
Werewolf By Night is a tv special on Disney Plus, directed by Michael Giacchino, based on the same Marvel Comics title. This film is different from the other MCU movies, as it’s mainly a horror film. Or, as much of a horror movie as Disney will allow! Filmed almost entirely in black and white, the story follows a group of monster hunters in competition for a mystic relic, while hunting a Man-Thing! The cast features, Gael Garcia Bernal as Jack Russell (the Werewolf), Laura Donnelly as Elsa Bloodstone, and Harriet Sansom Harris as Elsa’s stepmother, Verussa. SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
I totally forgot about this little project by Marvel! A horror special with werewolves, the occult, old-school black-and-white horror vibes, and some gore! (The black-and-white choice was well done!) The whole film felt like a cross between Underworld and The Mummy Returns! Some classic horror mixed with humor, adding some comic book characters that aren’t as popular as others. Seeing Man-Thing and Werewolf by Night in the MCU is a treat for die-hard fans. As is the introduction of Elsa Bloodstone, a Lara Croft/Relic Hunter-type character who was family issues. While Elsa is ordered to kill Jack and Man-Thing, she chooses to help Jack free his friend, “Ted” (who is the Man-Thing). By using the Bloodstone on Jack, it makes him transform into his werewolf form. Together, they defeat the rest of the hunters in grizzly fashion.
As I said, a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one! Marvel has been hit or miss with its projects, recently. Thankfully, this is a hit! Original, funny, creative, and a welcome change of pace. 9 out of 10, for me. Post your thoughts below, and till next time fellow blerds!