The Wolfman Universal Legacy Series 2009 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
Larry Talbot comes back to the family estate after 18 years away in America. But his knowledge of electronics and telescopes does not prepare him for the horror of things beyond science.
Using his dad’s telescope (Dad played by Claude Raines, whom Larry calls “sir” a bit too often for my taste) he starts peeping at the girls around town and focuses on Gwen, a blonde who works at the antique shop in town.
Mid his flirtation with her (that WOLF!) he buys a silver cane, which becomes vital to the story.
As the body count increases and Larry realizes he’s the victim of the curse of the werewolf (also known as Lycanthropy, which the director kindly defined with a very large, screen-sized dictionary entry early in the film) and has a tough time convincing anyone of the truth.
Bela Lugosi plays a small yet important role as the gypsy who is cursed with the werewolf problem. I don’t get though why didn’t the gypsies lock him up if they knew he turned into a wolf? Hmmm?
Maleva is the mysterious and somewhat stoic gypsy woman who knows all about this curse and knows the right words and the right incantations but really just rides around in her buggy attempting to direct the cast of characters.
Things get a bit hectic as the Wolfman (who escaped from his chair in his locked room, which is not explained), his dad Sir John and Gwen, his love interest (but she’s engaged, long story) all converge into the ultimate climax.
Universal Pictures did not do a bad job at all in expressing the horror of the wolf, nor had any problem expressing the curse and its mythology to the audience—three times in the first 20 minutes of the movie.
For a 1940s audience who only a few short years before saw the exciting yet frightening Dracula and the Mummy rise again, this must have been quite the tour de force.
Good points, the imagery, the haunting illusions, flashbacks and styled make-up of the werewolf, and Lon Chaney Jr.‘s frightening, melancholy acting. Bad points though include somewhat hectic music and a stiff Claude Raines who seemed to walk stiffly through his parts.
Highly recommended for film buffs and fans of the early horror classics.
About The Wolfman (Universal Legacy Series) (2009)
Starring: Lon Chaney, Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles,
Director: George Waggner,
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