Watched Jun 13, 2012
Colin the dude’s review:
A classic in its simplicity. It's about the good and evil that resides in all of us and the constant struggle to commend our own fate, however inescapable and tragic it may be.
"Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers at night, may become a wolf when the wolf bane blooms and the moon is full and bright."
Lon Chaney Jr. is perfect in the role and just has an innocent and sensitive face. Instant audience connection. He is the sole character of any real interest though. The wolf makeup is awesome and must have been a fun sight in 1941. It's a shame the remake was such a train wreck. I can see a lot of Benicio del Toro in Chaney's looks and demeanor. They're both large men and it's unfortunate the youngest generation might write this off on how horrible the remake was. It's a solid execution with enough earnestness to rightfully adhere to the legend. There's just too many stock characters to really put this over the top for me.