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This review is from: Wolfen (DVD)
Every once in a while there comes to the horror genre a film that is something more, which leaves the viewer unnexpectedly pondering. Hitchcock was a master at this, and, more recently we have had 'Seven,' and 'Silence of the Lambs.' Coming in the 1980's, when the werewolf film was largely beinng redefined ('The Howling,' and 'An American Werewolf in London') 'Wolfen' truly set itself apart.
Of course, the fact that it is not exactly a werewolf film has a bit to do with that. Set in a New York City that seems almost post devastation, with scene after scene in the worst possible slums it is a revelation of people in woeful straits, and a study of the predators (human and otherwise) that live among them. The film also flirts with Native American reality and myths and the nature of the pressures of urbanization.P>The bleak scene making, the totally believable performances by all the actors and the adept use of just enough violence and special effects combine to provide a compelling experience for the watcher. Michael Wadleigh (who also directed 'Woodstock') displays a sense of timing that uses each discovery to catapult the tension to new levels. This is not a film that permits clinical distance, but which strives to create a tumult of ideas that crystallize into a grand finale.
'Wolfen' is a horror film that begs the question of what really is the true horror, the monster or the man. My only regret is that this disc is pure film with no effort to provide any of the traditional extra features. I was hoping for at least an interview or two, or even a short on the filmmaking, but none of that is provided. Even so, I recommend this as a special treat for all horror buffs.
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Initial post: Jul 22, 2008 9:38:11 PM PDT
quite a perceptive review. i love this movie and haven't seen it for far too long.....
Posted on Oct 11, 2013 9:32:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2013 9:46:45 PM PDT
The Howling and American Werewolf of London are the 2 greatest werewolf movies ever made (Bad Moon & Silver Bullit are close 3&4) I was fortunate to have seen both in original release at movies and Wolfen too ! Wether its a werewolfmovie or not it doesnt come close to them ! They really didnt change the werewolf genre but improved it 100% ! Hammers The Curse of the Werewolf is what i consider one of if not thebest of the old werewolf movies followed by Legend of the werewolf and The Wolfman (universal) ! Some would say Dog Soldiers and while i like it the werewolfs themeselves wer not great as they looked like Great Danes on their hind legs ! By the way the first 2 Gingersnaps movies Howling 4 :the rebirth are in my top 7
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2015 1:34:36 PM PDT
Mark O. Avery says:
I'll echo you and say "Amen" to that! Another film that brings back memories of good, long-forgotten cinema worthy of revisiting with probable ownership. THANKS!
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