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Directed by Ward Hiney

As a big fan of the documentaries from Seth Breedlove and his Small Town Monsters crew, it pains me to say that the group’s latest effort Werewolves Unearthed is one of its weaker releases. Breedlove usually directs but this time Ward Hiney helms the project, and although the film for the most part follows the Small Town Monsters style of interviewing alleged witnesses to cryptid sightings, it lacks in the usual zing that Breedlove and crew bring.

Fangoria! Woo!

In Werewolves Unearthed, Hiney, writer/journalist Chad Christy and camera operator Justin Domhoff investigate the sightings of werewolf and dogman type creatures in the Ohio Valley. Witnesses range from locals with interesting encounters to others who get pretty deep into the woo factor, including discussing fairies and an encounter in a metaphysical shop with a self-described werewolf on the run for his life who happened to be employed at a major retail outlet. The topic also strays into Bigfoot talk, which would be fine except that this sort of blends all the different cryptid sightings into one — when these creatures are not at war with each other, that is.

A rare miss for Small Town Monsters, Werewolves Unearthed still offers enough interesting interview material to make it worth a watch. It won’t win over any skeptics, though.   

Review by Joseph Perry

Werewolves Unearthed debuted Sunday, October 1, 2023 on VOD from 1091/Small Town Monsters.

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