Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
When the moon is full the legend comes to life
This werewolf-themed horror film set in Victorian England centers on Lawrence Talbot, an American man who, upon a visit to London, gets bitten by a werewolf. Talbot had come to England to make amends with his estranged father, but after a moonlight transformation leaves him with a savage hunger for flesh, family harmony is the least of his worries.
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.…
"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…
I was hoping for something better from director Joe Johnston, but I've got this instead. Even the cast of Anthony Hopkins, Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving seemed promising. However, actors can't save a movie from being negatively received. Script and direction are at the core of all movies, but even these actors can't save a sinking ship.
The actors themselves did a decent job considering what they had to work with, but the negatives outweigh the positives. I was pretty bored watching a movie that was supposed to be scary. Even though I love horror movies I am easily startled and I didn't even flinch while watching this.
This could've, and should've been so much better. Such a promising cast wasted. I've been interested in seeing this film for a while (I love Werewolf/Vampire movies) despite the negative reception. While I did enjoy the film to some extent, it's far too flawed for me to really appreciate. A 2.5/5 is generous.
Joe Johnston is the real Dog Whisperer.
There's a good wolfie...
Beautiful, tame, lame waste of talent.
Really dig The Wolfman, it's not a perfect film and you can smell studio notes a mile away but what the movie gets right it really gets right. The gothic Victorian cinematography is beautiful. The action scenes where the Wolfman is in all out kill mode are great. The performances are for the most part good, Del Toro is better in some scenes than others. The Wolfman is at least a man beats and not just a giant wolf, so sick of giant wolves being my werewolves. Some of the cg is bad but not enough to detract from the film. The over use of cheap jump scares is my biggest complaint, just let the story play out no need to force this film into the box studios think horror should be in. Overall I really enjoyed this film.
I wish I could go back in time and get the 103 minutes of my life back. You'd think a monster movie, let alone a remake of a classic monster movie, with Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, & Hugo Weaving would be great but goddamn it is not great at all.
An unfortunately generic and derivative monster movie, Joe Johnston's remake of the Universal staple doesn't touch the Lon Chaney original or even the wildly entertaining Ginger Snaps. The CGI blood and gore is too often distracting and the subplot with the typically evil father is obvious and boring, even though Anthony Hopkins does what he can with the role (although he could really play it in his sleep). Benicio del Toro looks bored in the title role and a great supporting cast is squandered by a short running time. It's never outright terrible but has few redeeming qualities that separates it from any other monster movie.
Monster movies like the original 'Wolf Man' put Universal Studios on the map, and once vampires and lycanthropes became big again, the studio decided to cash in.
In Lon Chaney Jr.'s place is Benicio Del Toro, because, well, if anyone is going to play a wolf man, it's him - he doesn't act much, but his sexually charged, animalistic gaze and shaggy crop of dark hair are all that he needs. In this version, he returns to his family's dilapidated estate on the news that his brother has been killed in a most "unnatural" way. (They use this term a few times in the movie, which, for some reason, made me laugh). During his investigation, he tries to make sense…
Not a bad extrapolation on the original Siodmak Wolfman but not without its faults. Although the movie sometimes overreaches wildly, it hits the mark more often than not. Despite its faults Johnston has put together something beautiful and haunting that honours the original.
It could have been so good.
Even such great cast couldn't save this film.... To be completely honest, I fell asleep watching it.
Loved the Gothic look of this but ultimately found it quite boring.
Great art direction and a tremendous lead performance from del Toro but the script is a real mess and the CGI isn't the best - which is a shame as it's used a lot.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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