The Wolf Who Came to Dinner

Via perpetual pal Lew DelportThe Wolf Who Came to Dinner, a 2015 short film by Jem Garrard.

Beatrice Barkley is an eight-year-old horror fanatic with a serious problem: her mom’s brought her new boyfriend home to meet the family, and no-one but Bea seems to notice he’s a werewolf. Over the course of the evening, Bea uses her expert knowledge of werewolf weaknesses in an attempt to expose the seemingly innocuous French teacher as a dangerous monster – with unexpected results.

Gerrard is an award-winning filmmaker from London who lives and works in my hometown, Vancouver. Every time I think about the Vancouver connection I get a little outraged and a little embarrassed – how could I have not known about The Wolf Who Came to Dinner, especially considering it was one of the 2015 Crazy8s winners, and one of our two major newspapers wouldn’t stop posting about it in the spring.

I absolutely love the practical werewolf effects on display in the trailer. They were created by Dallas Harvey and his company Vancouver FX Studio. The costume looks like a figment from a child’s imagination brought to life, which could be exactly what’s happening here. For an in-depth look at the process of designing and building the costume, check this interview with Dallas. Also of interest is this interview with actor Adrian Hough, who plays the titular werewolf / French teacher who comes to dinner.

The Wolf Who Came to Dinner is currently being shown in festivals around Canada. For more information, visit the film’s Facebook page.