‘Werewolves Within’ Director Josh Ruben Explains Why ‘Arachnophobia’ is His Touchstone Film [Interview]
Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 by Steven Prokopy
Some might say it’s positively scary how many talented comedic actors make up the ensemble cast of the new horror-comedy Werewolves Within, directed by Josh Ruben (who wrote, directed and co-starred in 2020’s Sundance favorite Scare Me) and written by Mishna Wolff (based on the virtual reality game of the same name, similar in structure to the card game Mafia). After a proposed gas pipeline creates divisions within the small town of Beaverfield, and a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam Richardson, Veep) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community. The film features such luminaries as Michaela Watkins, Wayne Duvall, Michael Chernus, Cheyenne Jackson, Harvey Guillen, Catherine Curtain, and many more.
Although Ruben’s career as a feature director is still in its infancy, he cut his teeth for years, directing episodic TV for such series as Adam Ruins Everything, sketches for The Late Late Show with James Corden, and dozens of video shorts for CollegeHumor’s Originals department. This is on top of the hundreds of comedic shorts and series Ruben has starred in over the past 10 years (and if you don’t blink, you can spot him currently in the new Hulu film Plan B).
/Film talked with Ruben recently to discuss his influences for Werewolves Within, the impact filming in a frigid, snow-covered town has on comedy, and guiding a scene featuring so many great comedic actor and improv veterans.