Werewolves: Josh Ruben’s Horror Comedy (Tribeca Film Fest 2021)

Josh Ruben, after wrapping production of his horror comedy, Werewolves Within, on March 9, 2020, has had to complete all other steps in fully virtual fashion.

His debut feature, Scare Me, was well received at Sundance in January of 2020, but its release was altered by Covid-19, reaching streaming audiences via niche service Shudder.

While having a film available for streaming was “super-cool,” Ruben said, he is craving live, human reaction to Werewolves, whose genre comedy beats are engineered for it.

Theatrical play lies ahead for the film, which IFC Films will open in 79 locations nationwide on June 25.

Ruben said he looks forward to returning to New York, which is where he was based at College Humor, the digital brand long owned by Barry Diller.

The premiere of Werewolves is slated for Pier 76, the floating island park in the Hudson River whose biggest backer and civic champion was Barry Diller. The park formally opened just before Tribeca.