There is a lot of ambiguity going on with the trailer of The Wolf of Snow Hollow. Just take a look at the hot of the press trailer released by Orion Classics below. Are you convinced that werewolves exist in the film? Or it is caused by some genetically-mutated wolves? Or the murders are in fact deeds of a delusional mad man?
The film is spearheaded by Jim Cummings, a one-man-army who first gained recognition through his 2018 micro-budget film, Thunder Road. Cummings served as the director in Thunder Road, apart from being the lead actor, writer, music director, and perhaps 20 to 30 more un-credited roles for the movie. Cummings is at it again with The Wolf of Snow Hollow, and this time, nobody can stop him from playing a troubled sheriff hell-bent on solving some gruesome murders, not even the werewolves themselves.
Honestly, I was caught unprepared by Cummings overblown acting in the trailer. “Let me just make this perfectly clear. There is no such thing, as werewolves,” John Marshall (Cummings) said it in the most quintessential way of someone ultra-annoying that gets eaten first in every monster movie. This overblown charisma only applies to Cummings’ character, and it seems that all other characters in the movie — including Robert Forster’s sheriff — are well geared to face the werewolf threat in all seriousness.
Cummings’ in-film persona within the trailer can be highly combustible and volatile, and will be dictated by how much The Wolf of Snow Hollow aligns itself as a comedy-horror. His acting chops in the trailer definitely raised a lot of red flags for me, and could potentially be catastrophic in a grounded monster-slash-horror film.
With that said, it is only proper to highlight that The Wolf of Snow Hollow is Academy award-nominee Robert Forster’s final feature-film performance, as the actor passed away last year. Cummings also mentioned how Forster kept on ‘championing’ him after the latter got attracted with his first movie, which fuels me even more to hope that Robert Forster’s final film will turn out good. Or magnificent, even.
Still curious? Check out the synopsis of The Wolf of Snow Hollow here:
The film follows a small-town sheriff, struggling with a failed marriage, a rebellious daughter, and a lackluster department, is tasked with solving a series of brutal murders that are occurring on the full moon. As he’s consumed by the hunt for the killer, he struggles to remind himself that there’s no such thing as werewolves…
Originally published at https://www.thefilmaddict.com on September 18, 2020.