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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.
The fact that this 80's thriller is as good as it is could be seen as a minor miracle.
Based on the horror novel by Whitley Striber, "Wolfen" resembles the novel but departs from it in so many ways that it's almost an original screenplay ). Director Michael Wadleigh hadn't tackled a drama before much less a suspense thriller. He was best known for having directed the documentary "Woodstock". Wadleigh's ambitious project was designed to be both thriller (although the studio sold it as a horror movie in the wake of the success of "The Howling" and overshadowed by "An American Werewolf in London" which followed)and social commentary.
Detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney)is summoned back to the police force to help solve the brutal murderer of Charles Van Der Beek and his wife. What Dewey uncovers isn't a terrorist attack by militants as believed by terrorist expert Rebecca Neff (Diane Verona in her film debut)but something far more ancient and terrifying. Dewey's friend Whittington (the late great Gregory Hines also in his film debut--although "The History of The World Part I" was released BEFORE "Wolfen", it was shot AFTER)quickly discounts that humans had anything to do with the attacks which continue through the city and contacts wolf expert Professor Ferguson (Tom Noonan also in his film debut)to help with the investigation.Read more ›
This is the first time this film has had its audio portrayed properly in home release. The director, Michael Wadleigh, knows sound- his other more well known film is "Woodstock" and most of his films are about music and musicians . For "Wolfen" he had the filmed microphones set up to provide a more immersive audio experience and prior video releases (laser disc and dvd which I have) were woefully inadequate to recreate his efforts. The DTS HD soundtrack on this blu-ray is utilized beautifully to recreate the director's original intent, an immersive experience. Finally, the film can be HEARD as well as seen!
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Outstanding movie with fine performances from Albert Finney and Gregory Hines. Complex variation on the wolf man theme.Published 10 days ago by Henry BRITTON Jr
This film is so much more intelligent than most horror-genre films. It is more mystical and meaningful, by far. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Lesley Shore Review
Excellent transfer for a misunderstood film. Best this movie will probably ever look. Movie only. Recommended for fans.Published 1 month ago by John Brune
This movie is a classic I saw it and it still has a great story line & History about "Wolves"Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wolfen is not your average run-of-the-mill werewolf film. This one deals with Native American Shapeshifters - spirits if you will. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rainey Dawn
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