Sunday, June 13, 2010
Even those who are pure of heart, and say their prayers at night, can become a wolf, when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.
Benicio Del Toro went to Universal with an idea, he wanted to do a remake of the 1941 Universal film "The Wolfman". What followed was a collaboration between he and makeup wizard Rick Baker to do homage to the original and I suspect a bit of a nod to the Hammer Horror Films of the '60's and '70's. Though at its release critics panned the film I found the movie surpassed my meager expectations and hence it now resides in my bluray collection.
I will be the first to admit the movie may not be to everyone's liking, especially the younger crowd that never experienced the original. This is a Victorian Gothic piece that is heavy on atmosphere and though it abounds with its share of gore and dismemberment, it is a homage movie to the classic horror and its roots. Even the creature design emulates Jack Pierce's original make up and this is where Rick Baker excels crafting practical effects melded with CGI to create eerie transformations. Del Toro combined with Baker's make up delivers us the classic tormented yet vicious werewolf that the original film built the foundation for.
Is it a great film? No, it does lack in plot at times but makes up for it with art direction. Is it a fun film for horror fans of old? Yes, a very strong yes.
Posted by Professor Pym at 4:22 PM