The Wolf Man Reviews

  • Jan 07, 2021

    A bit more brutal than other horror films of the time, The Wolf Man (1941) is an easy stand out classic of the universal monster movies. Although, it is taken down a few notches due to the arguably silly monster design as well as a few performances that don't hold up the best.

    A bit more brutal than other horror films of the time, The Wolf Man (1941) is an easy stand out classic of the universal monster movies. Although, it is taken down a few notches due to the arguably silly monster design as well as a few performances that don't hold up the best.

  • Dec 19, 2020

    Lon Chaney is a man who after being bitten by a wolf transforms into the Wolf Man during a full moon. I love the old monster movies such as this that laid the groundwork on everything that came afterwards. Sure these movies compared to today's are much simpler, but they are referred to as classics for good reason. Plus any movie which features a band of gypsies is slightly more effective atmospherically. Doesn't hurt that Bela Lugosi plays one in this as well.

    Lon Chaney is a man who after being bitten by a wolf transforms into the Wolf Man during a full moon. I love the old monster movies such as this that laid the groundwork on everything that came afterwards. Sure these movies compared to today's are much simpler, but they are referred to as classics for good reason. Plus any movie which features a band of gypsies is slightly more effective atmospherically. Doesn't hurt that Bela Lugosi plays one in this as well.

  • Nov 03, 2020

    Bored me to tears. Not much going on. Doesn't have nearly the scope of its predecessors, Frankenstein and Dracula. We spend very little time with the Wolf Man, and it's entirely unsatisfying, uneventful, and never at all attempting to dig deeper into the mythology.

    Bored me to tears. Not much going on. Doesn't have nearly the scope of its predecessors, Frankenstein and Dracula. We spend very little time with the Wolf Man, and it's entirely unsatisfying, uneventful, and never at all attempting to dig deeper into the mythology.

  • Oct 27, 2020

    The wolf man is freaky enough it you like old fright feats, but the hour may feel too long until it reaches that point.

    The wolf man is freaky enough it you like old fright feats, but the hour may feel too long until it reaches that point.

  • Oct 27, 2020

    The OG emo wildcard of the Universal Monsters. For many years this stood as my favorite of the pack. It's only moved down a few slots because of the sheer strength of a couple of his brothers. It's still a groundbreaking, tragic classic. It's no wonder this gave another boost of life to the monster run.

    The OG emo wildcard of the Universal Monsters. For many years this stood as my favorite of the pack. It's only moved down a few slots because of the sheer strength of a couple of his brothers. It's still a groundbreaking, tragic classic. It's no wonder this gave another boost of life to the monster run.

  • Oct 18, 2020

    A groundbreaking achievement in monster horror. George Waggner's horror drama The Wolf Man (1941) is a rightful classic of the horror genre for its foggy, dark atmosphere and heartbreaking drama. A modern audience member might just write this one off as old fashioned, but the dread of knowing you're a murderer feels real still as well as the impending wolf attack being suspenseful. The brutality of beating people to death is as hard hitting as anything the horror genre has to offer and they didn't even need blood on screen to do it! Waggner's dreary mood and Gothic style works wonders for The Wolf Man's haunting tone. He was a creative director for The Wolf Man to really get to you. Lon Chaney Jr. is fantastically touching as Larry Talbot, who unwittingly gets bitten and turns into the original reluctant werewolf. He makes you feel like his character is worthy of sympathy for his unfortunate circumstances. The regret and agony on his face looks genuine. Evelyn Ankers is gorgeous and charming as Gwen Conliffe. Claude Rains is phenomenal as the cold and protective father Sir John Talbot. It was wonderful seeing Bela Lugosi as the Romani fortune teller Bela in a sweet little cameo. Even his few moments on screens move you with his expressive eyes and face acting. Curt Siodmak's writing is interesting as he pits endearing romantic characters and reason against monstrous actions, mythical curses, and werewolf violence in equal parts. The writing feels genuine and the performances really sell how tragic The Wolf Man remains a century after this film was released. Ted J. Kent's editing is fastly cut and neatly edited with the minimal cuts required during creepy walks through fog enshrouded forests. The Wolf Man is an easy watch at a cool 70 minutes. If only modern movies could muster up such a moving story and memorable feature film in a contemporary, succinct way. Joseph A. Valentine's fog covered cinematography is very cool. He uses dark lighting to brighten faces and silhouette bodies in shadows for a stunning black and white viewing. Every single shot in the forest is killer to this day. Russell A. Gausmann's Gothic set decorations juxtapose the cold empty forest well to make the environment more isolating. Bernard B. Brown's echoing wolf and dog howls really rivet you in the chilling cold atmosphere of The Wolf Man. Vera West's costumes are stylish period pieces with a cool button up shirt for the simple Wolf Man outfit. Jack Pierce's hairy make-up for The Wolf Man is the star here with cool wolf paws and feet. To be brief, The Wolf Man commands your attention and gives you a more heartfelt story than you'd expect from Universal's monster movies.

    A groundbreaking achievement in monster horror. George Waggner's horror drama The Wolf Man (1941) is a rightful classic of the horror genre for its foggy, dark atmosphere and heartbreaking drama. A modern audience member might just write this one off as old fashioned, but the dread of knowing you're a murderer feels real still as well as the impending wolf attack being suspenseful. The brutality of beating people to death is as hard hitting as anything the horror genre has to offer and they didn't even need blood on screen to do it! Waggner's dreary mood and Gothic style works wonders for The Wolf Man's haunting tone. He was a creative director for The Wolf Man to really get to you. Lon Chaney Jr. is fantastically touching as Larry Talbot, who unwittingly gets bitten and turns into the original reluctant werewolf. He makes you feel like his character is worthy of sympathy for his unfortunate circumstances. The regret and agony on his face looks genuine. Evelyn Ankers is gorgeous and charming as Gwen Conliffe. Claude Rains is phenomenal as the cold and protective father Sir John Talbot. It was wonderful seeing Bela Lugosi as the Romani fortune teller Bela in a sweet little cameo. Even his few moments on screens move you with his expressive eyes and face acting. Curt Siodmak's writing is interesting as he pits endearing romantic characters and reason against monstrous actions, mythical curses, and werewolf violence in equal parts. The writing feels genuine and the performances really sell how tragic The Wolf Man remains a century after this film was released. Ted J. Kent's editing is fastly cut and neatly edited with the minimal cuts required during creepy walks through fog enshrouded forests. The Wolf Man is an easy watch at a cool 70 minutes. If only modern movies could muster up such a moving story and memorable feature film in a contemporary, succinct way. Joseph A. Valentine's fog covered cinematography is very cool. He uses dark lighting to brighten faces and silhouette bodies in shadows for a stunning black and white viewing. Every single shot in the forest is killer to this day. Russell A. Gausmann's Gothic set decorations juxtapose the cold empty forest well to make the environment more isolating. Bernard B. Brown's echoing wolf and dog howls really rivet you in the chilling cold atmosphere of The Wolf Man. Vera West's costumes are stylish period pieces with a cool button up shirt for the simple Wolf Man outfit. Jack Pierce's hairy make-up for The Wolf Man is the star here with cool wolf paws and feet. To be brief, The Wolf Man commands your attention and gives you a more heartfelt story than you'd expect from Universal's monster movies.

  • Oct 13, 2020

    Widely known as the most iconic werewolf movie of all time, the 1941 Wolf Man is very well made, even if it is pretty standard compared to other Universal Monster movies like Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. However, I still think it's worth checking out if you're a fan of old black-and-white horror movies.

    Widely known as the most iconic werewolf movie of all time, the 1941 Wolf Man is very well made, even if it is pretty standard compared to other Universal Monster movies like Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. However, I still think it's worth checking out if you're a fan of old black-and-white horror movies.

  • Aug 16, 2020

    A classic, as with every other universal monsters film's it has great atmosphere and compelling stories.

    A classic, as with every other universal monsters film's it has great atmosphere and compelling stories.

  • Jul 22, 2020

    One of the weakest classic monster films.

    One of the weakest classic monster films.

  • Jun 28, 2020

    Classic Universal monster movie.

    Classic Universal monster movie.