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Lawrence Talbot, an American man on a visit to Victorian London to make amends with his estranged father, gets bitten by a werewolf and, after a moonlight transformation, leaves him with a savage hunger for flesh.
Though it could use some narrative thickening, Joe Johnston's "The Wolfman" is a respectable and excitingly rendered horror film. Taking advantage of CG creature effects and settings, the film offers a no-holds barred updating of a classic story that may lack weight and depth but still manages to generate thrills.
"The Wolfman" provides the time-honored collection of lycanthropic plot points: death on the moors, gypsy intrigue, and monthly transformations. Unfortunately, there is not much else to the narrative mix beside a horrifying and head-scratching father-son dynamic. It is all foundation for werewolf mayhem where a richer story, with richer emotions, would have served the film better.
Johnston makes a serviceable director here, but his film occasionally drowns in CG artifice.…
Mostly I'm a sucker for a bipedal werewolf in a torn up suit howling at the moon from a London rooftop. Hokey but secure in its lack of irony, and pretty bloody too. Want to give extra points for Anthony Hopkins in hammy Van-Helsing-from-Coppola's-DRACULA mode, but they'd be cancelled out for wasting Emily Blunt.
This mainly works because if someone told me Benicio del Toro was legit a wolfman I wouldn't bat an eye. He is very wolfish.
Even for 2010 the special effects are underwhelming. Especially in those transformation scenes.
As far as remakes of horror classics go, "The Wolfman" is near the top of the pack. It takes the original tale (a guy named Larry Talbot returns to his ancestral home, falls for a girl, gets bitten by a werewolf and starts gnawing on people) and gives it a few welcome twists and turns that actually distinguishes it from the original. "The Wolfman" is its own beast, and I find that admirable.
Plus, dear Jesus, this movie is a hell of a lot of fun. The original "Wolf Man" was a fun, B-movie horror romp for its era and this "Wolfman" fulfills the same function for the modern era. It clicks along at a brisk pace, showcases some cool…
"The Wolfman" was a staple of the creature features of the forties and fifties and will be fondly remembered for Lon Chaney Jnr's portrayal of the tortured werewolf back in 1941. A character that has been around since the early days of cinema he was due another run-out and when Joe Johnson signed on for a reboot a few years ago the expectations were high.
Joe Johnson is a former special effects man and you would think with that background that this would be something to rival the Rick Baker effects on "An American Werewolf In London". Baker was the man chosen again to create a monster and unfortunately he missed his mark for once. Maybe it's nostalgia for Landis's…
Con tanto desmembramiento, con tanta pesadumbre y con tanta BELLEZA, no tengo más remedio que considerar que esto es lo más cerca que se ha estado, que yo sepa, de la película definitiva sobre el mito del hombre lobo. Y si no lo es, no responsabilicen a Joe Johnston, que se equivoca muy pocas veces a lo largo del metraje, y menos aún cuando el metraje se amplía. Doy fe. Las bestias que deberíamos abatir, en este caso, son los mequetrefes parapetados en los despachos de las majors.
I so badly wanted to like this more
After many years away, Lawrence Talbot returns to his ancestral home following the disappearance and death of his younger brother. While investigating his brother’s death he is bitten and as a result cursed by a werewolf. With the full moon rising high in the sky Lawrence will have no control to stop himself from doing unspeakable things as The Wolfman.
This is one of those films that I like more than I think my rating would suggest. The setting and tone the movie is shot just sends classic monster movie chills down my back. A cast of Hopkins, Del Toro, and Blunt checks off a lot of boxes for me, but I have to admit that Del Toro and Blunt…
the unrated version on the bluray is really an excellent film - probably better than the version I saw at the cinema - the script still has problems - Emily Blunt's character goes back and forth from Black Moor like a yoyo and isn't it a bit unlikely that she is actually a shopkeeper? The creature effects are brilliant though.
the victorian gothic werewolf film we all deserved tbh
Plot wise it all gets a little OTT but there is no denying the sumptuous, gothic visuals and, if you find the unrated edition, a satisfying level of gore.
Great throwback and incredible production design. Tragic story with appropriate levels of violence and gore. Unrated cut.
What a great remake of a classic monster movie!
"The past is a wilderness of horrors"
This remake of The Wolf Man resides at a crisis point, as an old world matures into a new one. Dr. Praetorious's lines from Bride of Frankenstein portended a "new world of gods and monsters," and this film has been constructed to exist at the heart of that transition.
I present that this is a grand humanist work. An exploration of empathy as a crucial stage in our evolution as a species. Residing as it does between an Old World, where we built statues in our likeness and claimed ourselves as having been formed in the likeness of our own Creator - and that New World I mentioned above. A world that explores,…
The Wolfman its a remake of the 1941 horror classic The Wolfman, both movies are really good and rely on their atmosphere and their effects.
This movie its actually a bit better than the original but its a very disliked film, for some reason.
The film has everything that you want from a horror monster movie, the Gothic atmosphere, the gore, the effects and the characters.
The make up effects are the work of Rick Baker, who has worked on another really good werewolf film, American Werewolf In London.
The directors cut its amazing, I don't know if the original Theatrical release had this much gore, but its great anyway.
The film takes the best from the original universal classics and the best from the Hammer era, a must from horror fans.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…