Excerpt: After years of delays (for various reasons), we finally got a modern update with 2010’s The Wolfman . I understand that this review is a few years late, but since there wasn’t a review of it I figured what the heck? Usually when you read so much about a film getting delayed and having various other issues you might assume that the final product will be nothing more than mediocre.
Excerpt: Stage actor and estranged son Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns to childhood home in Blackmoor, England at the behest of his brother's fiancée Gwen (Blunt). His brother Ben has been missing for several weeks. Lawrence returns to Talbot Manor and is reacquainted with his aging father (Hopkins), a former big game adventure-type, and the memories of a deeply flawed home life.
Conclusion: The Wolf Man represents another leap forward in the evolution of the classic Universal horror canon. It isn't as essential as some of the studio's earlier efforts, as ahead of its time as The Bride of Frankenstein , or as strong when it comes to the creature makeup and effects ( The Mummy and The Invisible Man being the respective highlights in the collection).
Excerpt: The Wolfman , Joe Johnston's gallingly leaden remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney Jr. classic, both lives and dies by its transformations. Its most obvious selling point is also its most successful: Johnston nails the depictions of a humble man's gruesome morph into a flesh-hungry monster.
Conclusion: This Wolfman needs some transformative power itself. While it at least makes an attempt, however fitfully, to honor its source material, it adds on too many patently ridiculous psychological layers, weighing the entire enterprise down. Though the film is visually and aurally impressive (both admirably reproduced on this Blu-ray), this is a neutered wolf at best, certainly not a fitting legacy for Larry Talbot. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Vampires and werewolves have long held a grip on our horrific imaginings, with good reason: They get the job done. Sure, other monsters have had their moments, and zombies remain a reliable stand-in for the mounting sociological problems of any era. But when it comes to more personal demons, werewolves and vampires cover the bases. Vampires make apt doubles for the forces that threaten to seduce and corrupt us.
Summary: This lavish remake of Universal’s 1941 horror classic shifts the action back to 1891, with Scotland Yard’s Inspector Abberline (Hugo Weaving) – who in real-life presided over the Jack the Ripper case – sent to the fictional town of Blackmoor to investigate some mysterious murders. Here we find a haggard-looking Benicio del Toro turning into a vicious R-rated killing machine and lumbering through a beautifully gothic landscape of misty forests and cobwebby hallways.
Excerpt: This version of the classic tale plays more like a slasher flick than a genuine horror film. Visually stylish, it does exceptionally well to create a gloomy and gothic 19th century period setting in splendid detail. The unfortunate thing is that the superb production values don't compensate for an unevenly paced story that is both turgid and slow.