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Horror Film Reviews: The Wolfman

Updated on January 29, 2014

The Wolfman Movie Review

 The Wolfman is the latest version of a Universal movie classic, starring Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro, The Wolfman story is a great one to tell and in this movie it's done very well indeed, with the main draw of the special wolf effects created by Rick Baker. The overall atmosphere of this movie is what makes it appealing, from the old style London buildings and every countryside flashed in moonlight at every chance.

The story begins when the brother of Benicio Del Toro is killed by a wolf creature and then Del Toro travels all the way from New York to find out what killed his brother and as he finds out that it was a werewolf creature that was responsible for his brothers death, he goes to the local gypsies to find out about a gypsy medallion that was found at the scene and this is where a werewolf attacks and he is bitten by the werewolf, which we just know would happen.

The rest of the movie is a mixture of him turning into the wolf and slashing a few people, ripping a few arms off and a couple of head decapitations and then of course there is a mystery of when he was a child he saw his father holding his dead mother with a razor blade in her hand, which is explained right at the end of the movie, a plot twist that you may have seen coming, especially with Anthony Hopkins wild eyed but always Silence Of The Lambs Type performance.

If you've ever seen American Werewolf In London, then we all know that the special effects in that movie were quite ground breaking for the time and some of them still stand up to this day. Well in The Wolfman, the effect's are a mixture of great prosthetics and CGI using the classic morphing technique and some of the shots of Del Toros hands twisting as the bone structure changes is almost seamless as you cannot distinguish between special effect and computer effect, it's almost like How do they do that?

I enjoyed this film and I certainly will buy the movie, mainly to watch the extras, such as the DVD commentary which I always find fascinating with behind the scenes thoughts, inspirations and verbal notes to intrigue.

Go and buy it or wait until the price goes down.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now Ladyjane and Woody Marx!

      Yeah I really liked this movie, although I am starting to watch all different types of movies that I intend to write more reviews of and add some information about the DVD extras too.

      I'll always be a fan of horror movies though, they are very inspiring for my art.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      I saw this movie a few days ago and I thought it was very good as well. I loved the effects that you spoke of and was also thinking about American Werewolf in London and how some of the effects reminded me of that movie. As always Anthony Hopkins was really good, his charactor in this movie reminded me of Hannibal lecter mixed with his charactor from Legends of the Fall. I have to admit that I did see the ending coming as it was obvious but it still didnt take anything away from the movie. I see we have similar taste in movies. Good review. Cheers.

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      Woody Marx 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Of all the horror genres, I think the Wolfman is most frightening to me,more than Dracula or The Mummy certainly. I think it is the 'naturalism' of the monster--after all--it isn't such a big step for a man to transform into something half wolf half man...hence the horror is even more effective. I might watch this one you reviewed, but with my eyes closed most of the time. :)