Since I recently saw "The Nice Guys", and loving the fact that they opened the film with the old 70s…
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.…
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.
"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.
I just wanted to see Emily and Benicio kiss after Sicario
Pretty horrendous but gets the 2 stars for SOME of the effects and the atmosphere. Otherwise, a total letdown and almost depressing, especially if you're a fan of the original. Just one bad decision after another here.
Stimmungsvoller Werwolfhorror, der wie eine Mischung aus Pakt der Wölfe und Bram Stoker's Dracula daherkommt. Der gutaufgelegte starbesetzte Cast verstärkt dieen Effekt noch. Trotzdem braucht er leider einige Zeit bevor er wirklich Fahrt aufnimmt. Aber ich hab schon deutlich schlechteres gesehen.
Gloomy and somewhat interesting but obsessed with unnecessary gore and terrible special effects, festooned with cliches and intestines. My favourite things, though, were 1) Benicio Del Toro looks absolutely nothing like Anthony Hopkins and 2) Anthony Hopkins expresses barely any emotion through the entire film and yet still somehow was my favourite character. Can always rely on you, even in your more questionable roles, Sir Tony.
A total mess, but one that is a blast to watch. It also contains one of the best werewolf designs in recent history.
The Wolfman was just had way too much drama in it for my liking.
Quite a Harry situation here!
Tries to blend blockbuster aspirations with a moody, and violent, horror flick. Neither is well fleshed out, and together they just kind of stay muddled.
This film had so much potential to be a good one, but alas, a change in director, script changes, reshoots, really hindered the possibilities. There were good moments, good sequences, but they were too few and far between. A great cast but seemed to have little direction. The movie really bordered on being good, but at best it is mediocre as a whole
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…