THE WOLFMAN: the werewolf movie of a new generation.

Posted: July 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’m not going to hide the fact that I’m a huge,huge werewolf fan.Why,you may wonder. Well,I like the duality of the creature,the contrast between the human side and the beast side.I believe there’s a hidden animal inside every one of us ,and the werewolf is an excellent metaphor for it.

Last night,I finally got the chance to see the 2010 remake of the 1941 horror classic “THE WOLFMAN”,and I was utterly amazed. This film truly has the potential to become as much of a classic as the original.

It has that classic,Victorian atmosphere,reminiscent of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA.In my view,that’s the perfect setting and tone for a horror story,the whole mysterious aura surrounding the characters being a great way to induce fear.Combine that with the gory scenes featuring the werewolf and you get a major thrill.

The plot is quite simple : Actor Lawrence Talbot(Benicio Del Toro),hugely successful in America due to his roles in Shakespearian plays,returns to his father’s grounds in Blackmoor ,England,after finding out that his brother Ben was killed savagely by a mysterious monster.The creature (a werewolf),eventually attacks Lawrence in a Gypsy camp,trasmitting the  curse. What follows is an epic clash between the newly “born” Wolfman,and the Blackmoor residents,concluding with an equally epic fight(one of the best scenes in horror filmography.)

The cast is another plus in this film.Benicio Del Toro does a great job as Lawrence Talbot,Hugo Weaving is also great as inspector Abberline,but in my view,the best performance in this film is that of Sir Anthony Hopkins,as Sir John,the cold,calculated villain of the piece.In my opinion,that’s the way to play a villain:make him seem as unemotional as possible,and reveal his true colors in the end of the film.Bravo,Sir Anthony Hopkins.My hat goes off to you!

So for those of you who like a good thrill now and then,see THE WOLFMAN.It is,hands down,the best werewolf film I’ve ever seen.

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