The Wolfman

The Wolfman

The Wolfman

Re-make of the Lon Chaney/Universal horror classic made in 1941. The story follows a British man (Benicio Del Toro) who returns home to Victorian England from America, only to get himself bitten by a werewolf. Anthony Hopkins plays his unhinged father, and Emily Blunt the love interest.

The make-up effects are by transformation-go-to-man, Rick Baker (Edward Scissorhands, Planet of the Apes, Michael Jackson's Thriller, to name a few). Directed by the man behind Jumanji, October Sky and Jurassic Park III.

2010Rating: R16, contains violence and horror scenes 102 minsUSA
HorrorThriller
Director:
Joe Johnston ('Honey I Shrunk the Kids', 'The Rocketeer', 'Jumanji', 'Jurassic Park III')
Writer:
Andrew Kevin WalkerDavid Self
Cast:
Anthony HopkinsEmily BluntBenicio Del ToroHugo Weaving
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Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

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.

3.0

A dog's breakfast...

Spent the whole movie thinking how good a dark, gore-filled remake of the original Universal WOLF MAN could have been. To waste such a stellar cast on a script this flimsy? Joe Johnston must be barking! I've read this was star Benicio Del Toro's pet (excuse the pun...) project - so maybe blame goes to him for not ensuring a more decent script. This just...

2.0

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON?

I just saw this film - wasn't going to but glad I did. Not a work of genius but cleverly reconstructed to resemble the original Universal film with Lon Chaney Jr. That movie, like so many of Universal's horror line (the Mummy springs to mind}, looks dated and quaint now, but still evokes quie an atmosphere. This latest incarnation ladles on the misty...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The constant repetition of these shock tactics, in lieu of genuine suspense, makes The Wolfman feel cheap, despite the vast amounts obviously spent on Rick Heinrichs' opulent production design, the extensive visual effects, the more-than-effective special makeup effects, Milena Canonero's luxurious costumes, Danny Elfman's insistent score and the tony cast.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Written and crafted with great sensitivity, this is high class gothic horror

Total Film

Total Film

press

An enjoyably bloody homage to Universal’s classic hair ’em, scare ’em monster. There’s plenty of gore and guts to cheer; it just needed more of everything else: heart, horror, affection and artistry.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A remake of a classic horror movie is well acted and atmospheric yet fails to truly engage.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Wolfman avoids what must have been the temptation to update its famous story. It plants itself securely in period, with a great-looking production set in 1891.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Unlike the original, this will not haunt dreams for generations.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

For a true, and truly fun, big screen werewolf experience, head along to The Wolfman. It’s awesome.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Not bad enough to be considered a camp, guilty pleasure, it's more of a dull, defanged dirge with the reliably intriguing Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins turning in oddly disaffected performances.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An uneven tone and the feeling of too many cooks mars the finished product, but there are moments of beauty and real terror.

2.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

In a few years' time, browsing the sale bin at your local video store, you'll be struggling to remember whether you've even seen it.

2.0
Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

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.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The constant repetition of these shock tactics, in lieu of genuine suspense, makes The Wolfman feel cheap, despite the vast amounts obviously spent on Rick Heinrichs' opulent production design, the extensive visual effects, the more-than-effective special makeup effects, Milena Canonero's luxurious costumes, Danny Elfman's insistent score and the tony cast.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Written and crafted with great sensitivity, this is high class gothic horror

Total Film

Total Film

press

An enjoyably bloody homage to Universal’s classic hair ’em, scare ’em monster. There’s plenty of gore and guts to cheer; it just needed more of everything else: heart, horror, affection and artistry.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A remake of a classic horror movie is well acted and atmospheric yet fails to truly engage.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Wolfman avoids what must have been the temptation to update its famous story. It plants itself securely in period, with a great-looking production set in 1891.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Unlike the original, this will not haunt dreams for generations.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

For a true, and truly fun, big screen werewolf experience, head along to The Wolfman. It’s awesome.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Not bad enough to be considered a camp, guilty pleasure, it's more of a dull, defanged dirge with the reliably intriguing Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins turning in oddly disaffected performances.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An uneven tone and the feeling of too many cooks mars the finished product, but there are moments of beauty and real terror.

2.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

In a few years' time, browsing the sale bin at your local video store, you'll be struggling to remember whether you've even seen it.

2.0

A dog's breakfast...

Spent the whole movie thinking how good a dark, gore-filled remake of the original Universal WOLF MAN could have been. To waste such a stellar cast on a script this flimsy? Joe Johnston must be barking! I've read this was star Benicio Del Toro's pet (excuse the pun...) project - so maybe blame goes to him for not ensuring a more decent script. This just...

2.0

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON?

I just saw this film - wasn't going to but glad I did. Not a work of genius but cleverly reconstructed to resemble the original Universal film with Lon Chaney Jr. That movie, like so many of Universal's horror line (the Mummy springs to mind}, looks dated and quaint now, but still evokes quie an atmosphere. This latest incarnation ladles on the misty...

3.0