Maybe they should have called it Claws Out. Certainly, director Josh Ruben’s new horror/comedy is actually based on the 2016 virtual reality game Werewolves Within, but it’s very much a whodunnit in the mode of Knives Out or even Murder on the Orient Express, with a remote, snowbound Vermont town subbing in for a palatial manor or luxury train. And, as you may have guessed, the killer is a werewolf. Maybe that makes it a who-ate-em rather than a whodunnit?
Our hero—or possibly our monster—is nice-as-pie, super-polite park ranger Finn (Sam Richardson), recently single and relocated to the little backwoods burg of Beaverfield. It’s a quirky hamlet populated by a range of eccentrics, like perky mail carrier (and romantic interest) Cecily (Milana Vayntrub), drunken redneck couple Gwen (Sarah Burns) and Marcus (George Basil), gay tree-changers Joaquim (Harvey Guillén) and Devon (Cheyenne Jackson), reclusive and abrasive fur trapper Emerson Flint (Glenn Fleshler), and more.