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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Filmbolaget Universal gjorde sig kända för att leverera bra monsterrullar med historier som "Dracula" och "Frankensteins monster", med många fler, och deras "Wolfman" från 1941 tillhör de bättre ur floran.
Excerpt: Benicio Del Toro gör även annat än Magnum Gold-reklam. Han bär hem Oscargubbar och är ungefär hur upptagen som helst resten av sitt liv. Del Toro är numera en megastar och jag visste det redan då han spelade Fred Fenster i The Usual Suspects .