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The Wolfman

thewolfmanRated PG-13 – 2h5 -

Even Ozzy Osbourne would bark at the moon for this howling remake of the original wolfman.

Benecio Del Toro leads the cast of  The Wolfman, is a close remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney classic The Wolf Man. They even look like the same wolves.

Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns to his native England to investigate the mysterious death of his brother. He stays with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins,) until one night Lawrence is bitten by the Wolfman and soon becomes the creature he is hunting.

Director Joe Johnston managed to capture the classic gothic horror story feel to this one, working on the curse of the werewolf, and weaving in mythology and folklore into the story. Add in the villagers with pitchforks and torches to round out the theme.

The difference is the wolfman is honestly brutal on his moonlit marauds. While he looks like a man, he attacks with the veracity and bloodlust of a hungry animal. The heads to roll, literally, with the help of a little computer animation.

The film has an eerily gloomy and dark setting, which add to the enjoyment. You get a sense from the start that things will not bode well for Lawrence upon his return. At his father’s mansion, the cleaning staff has apparently taken the last 100 years off. Its creepy to see wind swept piles of leaves in the den and hallway. You almost get the feeling that only animals are living there.

The big question is how scary is the wolfman? Lets just say I wouldn’t want to run into the guy in the woods. He’s a brute-force, killing machine, but it’s a little off to see him move. You’d think a creature that has the power to decapitate a man with a single swipe, would also have the girth of a grizzy bear. Not so much here. This wolfman can effortlessly jump from building top to building top like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Ninja wolfman? I don’t buy it.

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02/15/2010 8:45AM
The Wolfman
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