When we got our first look at Marvel Studios’ Werewolf by Night, you could tell it was going to be something special. Not only did it offer something familiar to classic Hammer and Universal monster movies, under the guise of a “Special Presentation,” but it even teased quite a bit of gory action filtered through a classic black-and-white design.
In an interview with Collider, director and long-time Marvel composer Michael Giacchino got the chance to tease what he’s been working on and the love of a genre that inspired it. That’s not all, as he also got a chance to talk about the way they were able to push the boundaries with its blood and gore, even if he seemingly isn’t that big of a fan of slasher flicks.
I think that helped us. It certainly didn’t hurt us. I think that doing something like this, we were able to push a little further into that direction than we might have if he had done it any other way. I think people will still be surprised when they see it. The people who are just turning it on and seeing, but hey, that’s part of the fun of it. I felt like as long as it didn’t become sadistic … that was our thing. Because I’m very squeamish generally. I don’t like slasher movies for that reason. So, I didn’t want it to ever get into that realm where it’s just indiscriminate killing. Everything needed to have a reason and a why and a how and all of that. So, I do think that being in black and white helped us with a lot of that, keeping it in that realm.Michael Giacchino
It’s definitely going to be interesting to see just how far they managed to push the project, as we only have a bit longer until it releases on Disney+. Marvel Studios has been all-in with this project showcasing it at Fantastic Fest and even Beyond Fest, highlighting it as their big push for a genre project. We’ll see if Werewolf by Night can really pull it together.