The Reel Review

A-

When grisly murders start happening during each full moon, pressure increases on the already overburdened, stressed-out deputy sheriff of a Utah ski town to find the killer. His investigation reaches a fever pitch when residents start speculating that a werewolf is on the loose, in this genre mashup of dark comedy and horror/mystery.

Riki Lindhome and Jim Cummings in The Wolf of Snow Hollow.

Jim Cummings (Thunder Road) wrote, directs and stars in this quirky film, that surprisingly, features an impressively solid lineup of scares and laughs. The dark, tongue-in-cheek humor has strong Coen brother vibes and is everything that the somewhat similar, 2021 horror/comedy Werewolves Within failed to be.  The snowy cinematography in The Wolf of Snow Hollow is top notch, as is the editing, proving that you don’t need a big budget to assemble a good film.

Is that a werewolf attacking a snowboard instructor? From The Wolf of Snow Hollow.

The story does veer off on tangents at times as it explores the protagonist’s personal drama, but Cummings gets a nice boost from his solid cast, led by a terrific Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Last House on the Left) as the detective who’s always a step ahead of her male coworkers, and Robert Forster (The Descendants) as his sheriff/father who’s struggling with declining health. And with a runtime of an hour and 25 minutes, The Wolf of Snow Hollow has an entertaining and clever twist of an ending that makes it a rare, smart horror/comedy.

REEL FACTS

The Wolf of Snow Hollow was the final film for Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), who died of brain cancer in October 2019, just months after filming in Utah.

Kendal Farr and Jim Cummings in Thunder Road.

• New Orleans native Jim Cummings won the SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature for 2018’s Thunder Road, about a police officer grieving the death of his mother, the end of his marriage and a nasty custody battle.

Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome in Garfunkel and Oates.

• Riki Lindhome was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for her 2016 Vimeo comedy special, Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to Be Special, about two single women performing satirical songs about their lives.

Video & Photo

1 videos

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.