The film “The Wolf of Snow Hollow” opens at a restaurant in the mountain town of Snow Hollow, Utah. A young couple, PJ (Jimmy Tatro) and Brianne (Annie Hamilton) are there eating dinner. The two are on a romantic getaway, where unbeknownst to Brianne, PJ plans to propose to her. PJ overhears two men talking. One of them is making disparaging remarks, which PJ verbalizes his displeasure about. The local men apologize and leave the establishment, but a viewer might get the sense that the apology isn’t the end of their encounter with the couple.
A short while later at the cottage the couple are staying at, PJ is showering and waiting for Brianne to join him. When she doesn’t, he goes looking for her. PJ finds Brianne, or more accurately, her remains. He is repulsed by the brutality that has been inflicted on his beloved. The horror aspects of the film, for the most part are implied rather than shown to the viewer.
The police are called in to investigate. Sheriff Hadley portrayed by Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), is ill and getting ready to retire. Sheriff Hadley’s son, John (Jim Cummings) for all intents and purposes is heading up the investigation. John is a recovering alcoholic and single father to his daughter Jenna (Chloe East). Throughout the film he is perpetually on edge, which lends the movie most of its comedic moments. Assisting John and keeping a veneer of steady confidence is Detective Julia Robson. The role of Robson is acted by Emmy nominee Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to Be Special).
What’s perplexing to John, Detective Robson, and the other Snow Hollow officers, throughout the film’s runtime, is that the victims’ murders always coincide with a full moon. This fact leads people in the town to engage in rampant speculation that the murders are a result of a werewolf. John doesn’t subscribe to the theory and argues against it with anyone who tries to promulgate the idea that the town residents are being killed by a supernatural force.
Who or what is responsible for the murders? Is a deranged killer on the loose? Could there really be a werewolf in Snow Hollow’s mists? Will law enforcement be able to piece together enough clues before the next full moon to capture the person or creature causing the carnage? All of those questions will be answered by the film’s conclusion.
The film was written and directed by Jim Cummings (Thunder Road), who also stars as the lead. The 83 minute movie encompasses the genres of comedy, horror, and thriller. The film was released on October 9, 2020 in America, Brazil, Canada and Italy. Even though the budget wasn’t very large, it looked like it cost more thanks to the well executed cinematography of Natalie Kingston (Shapeless).
I was at first turned off by what I felt was Jim Cummings over the top acting, but it soon become clear to me, that it was appropriate behavior for the character he was playing. The film was dedicated to the late Robert Forster, who I would have liked to have seen in a larger role in the movie; one of his final film appearances. Riki Lindhome, who I had only seen in comedic roles, like the character she played on the show “Another Period,” did a competent job with a more serious part. I am interested to see if she gravitates toward more dramatic roles in the future. Overall, “The Wolf of Snow Hollow” was an entertaining film, that should keep viewers guessing until the end as to what exactly is taking place.