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The Wolfman (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 4, 2010 by adam

After so recently spending time with the original Wolf Man, it’s hard to find much to love about the 2010 remake, The Wolfman (though in its defense the new title totally wins at using compound words). It certainly does greater justice to the mythical beast than you get with things like True Blood, the Underworld series and those Twilight movies, which I swear I will one day get drunk enough to watch. In the end Wolfman is a fairly faithful and stylish update of a time-honored classic, doused in liberal quantities of blood and severed limbs. Sadly most of the efforts to augment the original story just tend to clutter the landscape and the whole thing runs about twenty minutes too long. Continue reading

The Wolf Man (1941)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 3, 2010 by adam


Can you believe I’ve never seen The Wolf Man? A major oversight to be sure, but one I’ve thankfully remedied. In general I was impressed, though it’s nowhere near Frankenstein or Dracula in terms of overall quality. I’d always felt bad for Lon Chaney Jr. and his subsequent typecasting but after finally seeing how he got his biggest break (not that he needed one, his dad was a huge silent film star) I don’t feel so bad. Except when playing to his natural shoe-shuffling oafiness, he didn’t show a whole lot depth in The Wolf Man. Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy his performance; quite the contrary, I found his suffering as the unwitting victim of a terrible curse gripping and substantial. But he was clearly uncomfortable as the dashing rake in the early scenes and when he becomes frantic toward the end he’s a little too melodramatic even for the genre during that period. And considering he went on to make like a hundred movies and a jillion dollars afterward, yeah, I guess things weren’t so bad for old Lon.

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