If you fancy a picturesque change of scene, might we suggest a trip to the snow-covered town of Beaverfield? Comfortably located miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life, this charming locale is home to stunning woodlands, cosy fires, scheming, duplicitous neighbours, a mysterious, trigger-happy woodsman, and, quite possibly, a werewolf killer.
From director Josh Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff, comes this enjoyably schlocky comedy-horror whodunit, very loosely based on the videogame of the same name. Sam Richardson plays Finn, the town’s newly arrived ranger who quickly finds that he and local mail-person Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) are just about the only two people in town who aren’t caught up in the complex web of messy interpersonal relations that makes up the rest of Beaverfield’s population. Ably played by a very game cast of familiar US comic actors including Michael Chernus, _Orange is the New Black_’s Catherine Curtis and TV’s _What We Do in the Shadows_’ breakout star Harvey Guillén, everyone becomes a suspect when a body is found, and it’s up to Finn and Cecily to figure out who amongst them is the killer, and potentially, also a werewolf.
Playing like a bloodier, more farcical Knives Out, this is a funny, supremely entertaining romp through the snow, which tackles the ridiculousness of its central concept head-on and with a winking self-awareness.