The Wolf Man Reviews

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April 13, 2020
It finds modern sophistication and cultured intellects unprepared to deal with a threat that's already at hand, maybe even under our own skin.
April 13, 2020
Ironically, The Wolf Man is stronger and creepier in the scenes without the wolf man.
April 13, 2020
The whole thing is nonsensical, but occasionally strangely compelling.
April 7, 2015
The Wolf Man serves its horror straight. A very substantial cast undertakes to sell believably a tale of superstitious folklore.
October 26, 2014
The original and only entry in the Wolf Man series that I truly like. Lon Chaney, Jr. was born to play the troubled Larry Talbot, a guy who gets bitten by a werewolf (Bela Lugosi) and openly laments his future as the hairiest man in Europe. Nicely done.
October 13, 2014
Horror movies today rely on gore and as many jump out of your seat moments as they can throw at you. This one relies on old fashioned atmosphere and acting ability and that's all it really needs.
October 6, 2013
This Universal classic not only established Lon Chaney Jr as a horror star but also instigated most of the cinematic werewolf lore concerning pentagrams, the Moon and the fatality of silver.
October 31, 2012
February 15, 2010
Even with a canon that includes the definitive versions of (among others) Frankenstein, Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera, this 1941 classic has always remained my favorite of the studio's prolific output.
February 13, 2010
Most horrifying is the potential inability to sway our own innately darker tendencies.
February 10, 2010
Chaney may appear to have had a bad run-in with a hair dryer, but he's still the definitive villain as tragic hero.
October 26, 2009
A film of sometimes uncertain greatness that is nonetheless the most entertaining and effective Universal monster movie since Bride of Frankenstein.
March 10, 2009
The Wolf Man's tantamount pleasures are its economy and speed, its silvery manipulations of light and shadow, and the panache with which the lighting, the story, and the rich cast navigate [its] tone.
October 8, 2008
A feast of horror, for animals of all kinds.
October 8, 2008
The Wolf Man is a compactly-knit tale of its kind, with good direction and performances by an above par assemblage of players, but dubious entertainment.
October 8, 2008
A stodgy Universal thriller from 1941, redeemed by a name-heavy cast and by Lon Chaney Jr.'s lumbering, affable performance in the title role.
September 16, 2008
A classic despite its flaws.
July 16, 2007
In spite of its age, the emotional impact, and sheer terror hasn't lost its punch with great performances, and a tragic ending.
October 5, 2006
August 14, 2006
It's a good, solid film, held together by Chaney's appealing performance and great supporting players like Lugosi as Bela the gypsy who turns into a wolf.
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