BARE BONES: THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW (2020)

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THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW (2020)

Offbeat horror finds Officer John Marshall (Jim Cummings) already dangerously close to going over the edge, when a series of brutal murders lays siege to the sleepy mountain town of Snow Hollow. His sheriff father (Robert Forster) is too old and frail to handle the case and so it all falls in his lap. He feels it is a serial killer, while his barely competent staff thinks it’s a wolf…or a werewolf. As the killings continue and Marshall gets closer and closer to finding the culprit, the more it starts to appear like there is a werewolf responsible. 

Film is written and directed by star Jim Cummings with a very offbeat and quirky sense of humor. This underlying humor takes a while to get used to and the film is just as much about John’s life falling apart, as it is about the quite gruesome murders occurring in this usually dull town. The flick can be quite bloody at times and does have a surprise or two up it’s sleeve regarding it’s killer. The gore is well rendered and the werewolf in question is effective and well designed. The snowy Kamas, Utah locations work very well and are a refreshing change of pace from the usual locals used for this kind of flick. The mix of humor and the more serious elements doesn’t always gel, and sometimes the film does seem more concerned with Officer Marshall’s emotional state than the pursuit of it’s lycanthropic killer. At least it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome at a brisk 83 minutes. Overall, it’s something a little different, if you are in the mood for a movie more off the beaten path horror-wise. Also stars Riki Lindhome as Officer Julia Robson and Chloe East as Marshall’s daughter Jenna, with whom he has a troubled relationship. The film is legendary actor Robert Forster’s final role.

-MonsterZero NJ

3 star rating

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