First Reviews of “Werewolf by Night” Praise it as “Unique,” “Delightful,” and a Wonderful Tribute to Monster Movies

On October 7, Disney+ will release Marvel’s Halloween special, “Werewolf by Night,” in the tradition of Hammer Horror.


The first trailer for the upcoming horror comedy film Werewolf by Night, which will be available on the streamer in time for Halloween, was unexpectedly released by Disney at the recent D23 expo. The campy comics adaptation marks the directorial debut of Michael Giacchino. This well-known Disney composer is best known for creating the music for Disney movies like The Incredibles, Up, Coco, Rogue: One a Star Wars Story, and LOST, to name a few.


Jack Russell, the film’s titular werewolf, is portrayed by Gael Garcia Bernal. The latter must hide his supernatural identity as he gathers with a group of other monster hunters to find the imposter among them and survive the Night. In addition to Bernal, the special stars Eugenie Bondurant from The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Harriet Sansom Harris from Addams Family Values, Kirk Thatcher, Leonardo Nam, and Al Hamacher as Elsa Bloodstone, aka Jack’s counterpart the Vampire by Night. Peter Cameron and Heather Quinn, who also hold a story by credit for the production, wrote the teleplay that Giacchino is directing.

There hasn’t been much information about the Halloween special’s plot besides the delightfully terrifying trailer. Finding out exactly how this story fits into the MCU will be exciting. The comics provide the most apparent connection because Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac), who made his own MCU debut earlier this year with the popular series Moon Knight, has long been Jack’s rival. The Disney+ release of Werewolf by Night on October 7 is still a few weeks away. But let’s say the trailer from earlier this month serves as a guide. If so, the special will be a campy, highly stylized thrill ride through traditional monster hunting and horror with a strikingly Marvel twist.


But what are people stating in opposition to Marvel’s most recent holiday special? Does Giacchino’s first film as a director stand up to the MCU? How well does Bernal’s portrayal of his comic book counterpart match up? Does the special make any references to Moon Knight or the other MCU shows that have been made available on Disney+? What role does the special play in the MCU overall? See what people thought of Werewolf by Night right away down below.

On October 7, Werewolf by Night will debut on Disney+. You can view the special’s trailer in the section below until then.