Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Wolf Man (1941)

You know how I've been saying that it really doesn't take long to show the monster? Quite the opposite here.

So The Wolf Man is one of the better well known Universal Monsters, and the film itself is damn good. The story follows an everyday man Larry Talbot played by the great Lon Chaney Jr., who after a run in with a wolf soon learns that he will become a werewolf himself. So Larry must try and find a cure for his werewolfism before he causes harm to his family and the girl he loves. What I really like besides the very good cast, including Claude Rains and Evelyn Ankers is the excellent musical score, and how eerie they made the forrest. Oh, and I swear I am not making this up, you hear part of the Batman theme by Danny Elfman more than 45 years before the original 1989 Batman movie. So bizarre but really interesting. And yes, you don't actually see the title monster until well past the halfway point of the film, but I actually find that helps build the myth of the werewolves and build our characters in the story. So I very much enjoy this movie, and enjoy the next one I am going to review even more.

Tune in tomorrow where we look at a love story that lasted generations.

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