Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Wolfman

I recently got the time to see the film that was "going to bring the classic monsters back to the big screen", the new version the the Wolfman. As is evident by now, the revival never happened and this movie could easily be the reason. 

The good:
The retro Universal studios logo
The sets and locations
The cinematography 
The werewolf makeup

So far it looks like like a classic reborn, the look feel and colour palette are great and the werewolf makeup which the film should live or die by is a great updating of the Lon Chaney jr version. 

The bad:
The acting - totally phoned in by everyone
The violence is over the top and unnecessary
The cgi isn't terrible but it's obvious 
The story

With so much going right the stuff that went wrong is more a shame. The story is basically the same as the failed first Incredible Hulk movie (seriously) and wasted the chance for us to be watching and Creature from the Black Lagoon etc by now and it can't be stated enough how violently repulsive the gore is in this flick. No chance to show dismemberment and intestines on the ground is wasted. This is not classic horror, but it is horrible. 


josh pincus is crying said...

I, too, had high hopes for this film.
Hopes were dashed.

Behemoth media said...

Apparently the remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon was cancelled because of this, which I suppose is good. If they aren't going to do it right, I'd rather they not do it!

Franco Macabro said...

I agree on the performances, especially Benicio del Toro who is normally amazing. On this one he was too subdued, but I personally didnt feel the film sucked, I enjoyed it a lot, loved the atmosphere and art direction, the make up effects were awesome in my book...and I loved that ending, but I don't know, a lot of people don't like it so I guess I'm on the minority on this one.

Behemoth media said...

I liked most of the same stuff you did, and the film does have a cheesy appeal to it I'll admit. But the ending was the same battle between father and son as monsters the "Incredible Hulk" used and that really set me off this storyline. (great Sheena" review BTW!)

Franco Macabro said...

Yeah, that father and son thing tends to get a bit overused in hollywood, thanks about the Sheena review! There's more 80's goodness in the coming days, stay tuned.

Donna Lethal said...

Sorry for the late reply on this. I, too, was wondering how it was and I love the Wolfman and Benicio. Thanks for the review. I still may do it. And yeah, I loved Sheena!