With the release of Werewolves Unearthed canine cryptids are becoming a rather common subject for Small Town Monsters documentaries. There’s already been The Dogman Triangle: Werewolves in the Lone Star State, Skinwalker: Howl of the Rougarou, American Werewolves, and The Bray Road Beast. This time out Seth Breedlove who usually directs these films has passed that role to Ward Hiney (Dark Holler) and he’s teamed up with skeptical journalist Chad Christy to interview people who claimed to have had encounters with dogmen in the Ohio Valley.
That’s coming at it from a different point of view than Breedlove and other cryptozoologists who have appeared in his films take. I was curious to see where they would go with it, and if it would bring out any different ideas from what had been presented in the other films which were beginning to feel a bit stale.
Unfortunately, the first couple they interview are New Age types who go on as much about crystals, talking to fairies, and similar topics as they do whatever it was they encountered in the woods. And whatever it was, the guy seemed to think it was somehow connected to the passing of his father. If you’re a skeptic and want to discredit people who claim they’ve seen something they’re the people you want to use as examples.
But mysticism seems to be a running theme in Werewolves Unearthed because another person they devote a lot of screentime to was the owner of “The Magikal Manor & Metaphysical Life Learning Service”. She recounts a visit to the store from someone who claimed to be a werewolf and seemed a lot more convincing than others who claimed to be creatures of the night.
He claimed to be a werewolf who was being hunted by his pack because his involvement with a human woman might expose their existence. It could be true, but it sounds more like the plot of the next Tubi Original, right down to the alleged lycanthrope working at WalMart.
On the other hand, I was more inclined to believe the man who saw something odd walking alongside the road around three AM one morning as he was coming home from work. I may be biased though since he compared its build to that of Jay Cutler, the four time Mr. Olympia not the football player. A quick glimpse of something and a comparison that makes sense to him, but that many people wouldn’t get, has a more convincing feel to it than the more fantastic claims.
But that’s the problem, any claim of seeing a werewolf is hard to swallow. Bigfoot is at least plausible, a manlike creature hiding out in the deep forest is at least on the edge of possible. People turning into wolves, or a doglike creature walking on two feet not so much, it needs much more solid proof to be taken seriously, and Werewolves Unearthed doesn’t deliver it.
In fact, it doesn’t deliver much different from most other Small Town Monsters productions. Even having a supposed skeptic in charge doesn’t make much difference in Werewolves Unearthed format or results. And the long prayer at the end was more cheesy and embarrassing than anything else. I know I’ve been harsh on much of Small Town Monsters’ recent output, but this one is particularly bad which may explain why their regular distributor 1091 Pictures isn’t handling it.
Werewolves Unearthed will be available on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube on October 1. It will be available on VOD shortly after and after that, Tubi. A special 4K, ad-free version will also be available for subscribers to the Small Town Monsters YouTube channel.