Werewolf by Night review (Disney+): when Marvel gets into it, we get goosebumps

That’s it: it’s October and Halloween is approaching stealthily (were). For the occasion, Disney + presents us with a new program stamped Marvel, far from what the superhero studio usually offers us. Available on Disney+ tomorrow, Werewolf by Night is a perfect mid-length film for anyone who wants to shiver as Halloween approaches. We tell you more in our review.

Who goes hunting loses his place?

At Marvel, we are very familiar with superheroes and supervillains. But what about monsters? As the head of a powerful family of monster hunters dies, a massive competition is held to see who will recover a strange ancient magical relic. The latter, it is said, confers powers and power on whoever has it in his possession. Thus, fearsome monster hunters are ready to do anything to get their hands on this mysterious Red Stone. But beware of the lurking monster…

With Werewolf by Nightthe MCU totally embraces its penchant for horror, which we had glimpsed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. As Halloween approaches, that’s the least we can do. Thus, for the occasion, Marvel digs into its archives and brings out a character very little known to the public. Especially with us. For good reason, the comics Werewolf by Night have never been translated into the language of Molière. However, it is in this series, published in the 70s, that Moon Knight appears for the very first time. The name leaves no room for doubt: the comics Werewolf by Night focus on a character affected by a curse that turns him into a werewolf every full moon. But we let you discover how the MCU introduces it in this new program.

The medium length Werewolf by Night takes us on a deadly monster hunt. The synopsis is intriguing and everything comes together to offer us a frightening program to perfection. Without taking us too much by surprise, this program manages to surprise us and takes an interesting turn. In less than an hour, we salute a good breathless rhythm that captivates us from start to finish. The atmosphere is heavy from the first minutes.

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A tribute to the classics of the genre

In addition to the screenplay, it is above all the aesthetics and the staging of Werewolf by Night that mark us. Filmed entirely in black and white, with a hint of red for the famous magic relic, this medium-length film clearly puts us in a horrific atmosphere. Indeed, we have the impression of taking a leap in the past, at the time of The invisible Man (1933), Frankenstein’s Bride (1935) or even Dracula (1931). Even the actors seem straight out of the 30s/40s.

True homage to horror classics, Werewolf by Night is bewitching. The bet is successful for this medium-length film which has understood the exercise very well. During the 52 minutes of the program, time stands still. If the photography is neat, so is the staging. With a few shots that remind us of the classics of the genre, we enjoy beautifully choreographed fight scenes.

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Behind the cameras, we find Michael Giacchino. He usually wears the composer’s cap and enchanted our ears in up there, coconut, Jurassic World or The Batman. If he actually got down to composing the soundtrack for Werewolf by Nightwhich is extremely pleasant, Michael Giacchino surprises us by directing his first medium-length film, after a short film and an episode of Star Trek: Short Treks.

While Marvel likes to keep its label “To watch with the family”this does indeed disappear for Werewolf by Night. Without giving us nightmares for the nights to come either, the studios take a step aside by accepting the hemoglobin and the violence of a horror program worthy of the name. Nothing shocking, but just enough to make us shudder.

Werewolf by Night: the perfect program to welcome Halloween

If we were clearly not expecting Marvel in this register, we must admit that Werewolf by Night is a great surprise. Indeed, this medium-length film stands out from the crowd and dazzles us. Without being too scary, the newborn Marvel still knew how to give us some chills and keep us in suspense. Macabre and retro, Werewolf by Night looks on with pleasure. On the bill, Gael García Bernal and Laura Donnelly know their score to perfection.

Werewolf by Night is proof that novelty and originality are good for Marvel. As already demonstrated Wanda vision Last year. It remains to be seen if we will have the opportunity to find the antihero Jack Russel in other productions of the MCU or if the studios will prefer to keep it warm. Still, this program is available tomorrow, Friday October 7, 2022, on Disney+. Werewolf by Night is a must-see if you want to immerse yourself in a horrific atmosphere a few weeks before Halloween.

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Werewolf by Night review (Disney+): when Marvel gets into it, we get goosebumps

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