Every once and a while a movie comes along that is seemingly perfect in everyway, yet somehow manages to not garner a large audience due to a variety of different reasons.
Indie films can often hit the hurdle of being unseen, even if they are critical successes, due to the fact that word of mouth marketing can only go so far to getting these hidden gems in front of the audiences that would undoubtedly love them.
Film perfection, of course, is incredibly subjective…
But, since your here, may I present you with the one insanely wild ride that is an absolute must for every film fan to see in 2020.
The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
Available on VOD
Jim Cummings writes, directs, and stars in the lead role of this completely strange and delightfully original feature film that is as close to perfect as a horror comedy can get.
There truly is a countless number of things that Cummings completely nails, from the comedic moments that are natural and not slapstick, the gore which is gruesome but not gratuitous, and the mystery which is suspenseful and not at all predictable.
This is future cult classic status material and the long overdue werewolf flick that genre fans deserve, while additionally being hilarious as the premise requires to keep you engaged without rolling your eyes. Creature feature fans and true crime lovers alike will meet in the middle as they play the guessing game of what will happen next, but honestly, the ending is a twist that pulls the rug from beneath you even with several clues throughout the journey.
Elements of this movie are much like another personal favourite of mine Hot Fuzz, as they are both stories following policemen in a small town facing off against a mysterious killer, but Cummings manages to add a slightly more serious tone which goes well with the absurdity of the plot.
While Cummings lead performance was one that I couldn’t take my eyes off of, the quirkiness of every character made me wish this movie spawned a prequel, sequel, and TV series just so we could all experience more of the weird Snow Hollow residents.
Another actor that especially shines throughout this movie is Riki Lindholme (from the comedic band Garfunkel and Oates) who plays one of the more levelheaded characters, but without appearing to be a stereotypical killjoy. Her portrayal was reminiscent of Allison Tolman in Fargo (TV series) and played against the more outlandish police in this movie it provided a perfect balance to the plot.
The chemistry between Lindholme and Cummings was perfectly matched and they seemed like frequent collaborators, and with the addition of Academy Award Nominee Robert Forster starring in his last onscreen appearance it was the final puzzle piece to round out eccentric bunch of misfits.
Forster sadly passed away due to brain cancer before the theatrical release and in the credits Cummings dedicates the film to the late actor, the final role was one that captured both his subtle comedic timing and his ability to simplify a complicated character even with limited screen time.
If you’re in the mood to watch something completely unexpected that will make you jump, laugh, and possibly cry this can not be missed. There is no film marathon it quite fits due to the overall tone and sheer odd nature, but as a standalone viewing, it’s one you could watch repeatedly even within the same day.