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House of the Wolf Man (2009)

Ron Chaney , Sara Raftery , Eben McGarr  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ron Chaney, Sara Raftery, Dustin Fitzsimmons, Cheryl Rodes
  • Directors: Eben McGarr
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ryko Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003R9K0L0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"House of the Wolf Man" tells the story of Dr. Bela Reinhardt (Chaney) and the five guests he has invited to his castle to see which one will inherit his estate. He has arranged for a competition of sorts, and the victor shall be determined through a process of elimination. But it quickly becomes apparent to the five unwitting visitors that danger lurks in every corner, and that the House of the Wolf man holds a secret that could drive anyone to insanity! Starring Ron Chaney, grandson of Lon Chaney.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Missed opportunity October 5, 2010
House of the Wolfman, a flashback to those classic horror films of the 30's and 40's. Filmed in glorious Black & White, the opening title sequence screams "Old school" monster movie. However the rest of the film is very slow, the acting is "stagey" at best, the plot very weak. The movie drips with great atmosphere and music. The Frankenstein Monster and Wolfman make-up are top notch, only we have to wait until the last 10 min to see them??!! The old lady in the attic, the "nosferatu" vampire brides all offer some errie chills! There is so much more that this film could have been. Dracula, The Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster...how could this combination be bad? Unfortunately, this movie will show you....as I said in the tile of this review...a missed opportunity indeed!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars House of the Wolfman October 12, 2010
By fordius
Let me start with the good stuff. I grew up on Universal monster films and was eager to see this attempt at finishing the "House of..." cycle. It captures the atmosphere of the period quite well, the full-orchestra score is dead on, and the monsters all look terrific. So do the sets and the miniature castle shot at the open is as good as any from the classic movies. This movie was clearly made lovingly by true fans, and that warns my soul. Nods to Universal abound, such as cutaways to the Creature From the Black Lagoon skeleton on a table, alongside the glass dome contain the now dead and decomposed King homunculus from Bride of Frankenstein.

However, the script is laborious, it rough going even at 74 minutes. When I was an hour and five minutes into it and still no monsters had shown, I knew we were in trouble. Up to that point, it plays more like one of those Monogram mystery films more than Universal. Things pick up when the monsters arrive, they look just great. You can see the seams on the Frankenstein make-up, but the design is terrific and the black and white photography obscures some of the flaws. There is no real setup for the monster, he just staggers in for the obligatory (and well staged) fight with the wolfman. Dracula appears, too, right at the end and for apparently no reason.

The story falls apart when the creatures appear, but it's what we are here for, and the preceding hour is completely forgotten at that point. Apparently by the film makers as well.

The acting from everyone is over the top, probably intentionally, but it is taken too far. Watch the old Universal films. The acting styles may be more stagey than we see today, but they are well-played by actors who believed what they were doing and consequently made you believe.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 4, 2010
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Was so excited to finally be able to see this film on DVD. The production design is superb and the "bad acting" was on the money, unfortunately the pacing of the movie is dreadfully slow and the script itself is very weak. It plods along for over an hour before the monsters appear, and then it comes to an abrupt end. I really want my money back on this one. The trailer was far better than the actual movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE TRY, BUT.............! December 21, 2010
It's so hard for me to come down on this well meaning little homage to the great and not so great Universal Monster films I grew up with. Where do I begin?.....with the bad?...or the good? Well...since I would like to end on a positive note, lets start with THE BAD. Ron Chaney is a terrible actor, and he and a few of the black servants destroy what could have been a very enjoyable little tribute to the old fashioned horror films, even though the script is tedious most of the cast seem to be having fun with it.

I don't want to beat up on Chaney here, but he just doesn't seem to have a clue? He is so stiff and bizarre that it just takes you out of the entire fantasy. ditto the two servants there lines are so robotic, it just ruins the experience.

THE GOOD news is this film has atmosphere to spare, if you can forgive these three actors for being caught acting! The Monster make-up is very good and the final fight between Frankie and Wolfie is better than the original in Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man! .....sure it's a little hokey, but isn't it supposed to be? It's a shame because with a little bigger budget and some decent actors this could have been the best vintage horror release of the year!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House of the Wolf Man November 28, 2010
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Reed and Mary arrive at Castle Reinhardt along with several other guests that have been invited to stay for the weekend by its mysterious owner, Dr. Bela Reinhardt, who intends on testing his new subjects in order to decide which of them shall inherit the estate and all of its secrets... HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN is an experimental film that brings together swirling mists, stage lightning, dark Gothic centerpieces, and many other classic elements to form a stylized black and white production that captures the pure essence and aesthetic of the Golden Age of Horror, right down to the title cards and score. It boasts many familiar characters and monsters, including the old witch, the hunchbacked butler, the mad scientist, and of course, Dracula, The Wolf Man, and Frankenstein's Monster! The Monster FX make-up team takes on the daunting taste of redesigning the creatures for themselves, creating a vintage look with a modern twist for each of them. HOUSE is filled with campy performances that also try to recapture the look and feel of Old Hollywood, but each of the individual cast members appear to have rehearsed separately with their own differing accents and dialects. Ron Chaney is unable to match the abilities of his grandfather, and delivers a weak lead as the central villain. What HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN shares most in common with its Universal counterparts FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN or HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN is the minimal amount of monster mayhem found only in the final moments of the film. Aside from these distractions, Eben McGarr's ambitious attempt comes together quite well in the end, making HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN a must-see for Gothic film fans!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE TRY BUT..............!
It's so hard for me to come down on this well meaning little homage to the great and not so great Universal Monster films I grew up with. Where do I begin?.....with the bad?... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DR SHOCK
4.0 out of 5 stars Likable but not lovable monster mash.
This film does a very good job at evoking the Universal monster movies of the thirties and forties. The monsters look good makeup wise and the guy playing Dracula does a terrific... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Mallory
5.0 out of 5 stars !
this movie deserves better treatment than it is getting from the public... it is a loving tribute to the old monster mash-ups from Universal and the detail is worth the viewing!
Published 14 months ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars For Universal Monster Lovers Only
If you love the old Universal Horror films you will be pleasantly amused by this film. Yes some of the acting is stilted, and it takes too long to get to the monsters, and the... Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Cinophile
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for Hardcore Fans of Universal Horror
While this movie appears to have tons of monster screen time based on the trailer circling the internet, it is actually devoid of the monsters themselves for much of the film until... Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Sean
2.0 out of 5 stars More like "House of Boring Exposition"
I really _wanted_ to like this flick. I have a deep love of monster movies and a high tolerance for cheese -- but here's what you really need to know about this film:

We... Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by Stephen D. Sullivan
1.0 out of 5 stars A 12 minute short was all this movie needed to be..
I've wanted to see this "movie" since I heard about it. And now that I finally have, I wish I could get my money back. DO NOT BE FOOLED. This is exactly 12 minutes of monsters. Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by The_Ruiner
2.0 out of 5 stars You Need A Forgiving Heart And A Love For The Genre To Deal With This...
First of all this looks more like a mid 1950s movie than a 1940s one. In fact if it wasn't for the word "bastard" being used a few times, I really would have believed this was a... Read more
Published on April 16, 2011 by JACK LOBO
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my
How I really wanted to enjoy this little film. I think everybody else has pretty much nailed the faults of the production pretty well. Read more
Published on March 13, 2011 by R. Looney
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad acting on purpose? Great monsters though...
The acting was so stilted it had to be bad on purpose, and I don't get that. The acting in Universal's Classic Monster films were actually pretty good. "Oh... my... God.... Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by Bill F. Armitage
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