Horrorfest 2022 Presents: The Wolfman (2010, Joe Johnston)

Even though the original classic is much better I found much to like and enjoy about the 2010 version of The Wolfman. This one naturally has more gore and violence, yet also has some unforeseen elements that come to a head later in the movie. The cast for this one is pretty good, maybe even great, and it’s too bad this movie didn’t perform well at the box office. It’s quite rare that we get a big budget horror movie, and perhaps this is why although more so it’s studios never wanting to invest more in horror movies.

Benicio del Toro plays Lawrence, an actor who has returned home to discover what happened to his brother. Anthony Hopkins plays his father, Emily Blunt the brother’s fiancée, and Hugo Weaving is the inspector sent to investigate what is happening in the nearby village. The werewolf scenes are pretty brutal and have some gruesome kill moments, with body parts flying around and grown men left helpless against a very hungry and hairy evil.

I’m not a huge fan of the final act even though I suppose it makes sense. The asylum scene is the movie’s highlight, as is a gypsy campground that is transformed into a slaughterhouse, all excellent work thanks to Dave Elsey and Rick Baker, who won an Oscar for their efforts. The Wolfman was a pretty solid remake, and it’s too bad we didn’t get more takes on the old Universal Studios movies that were more like this one. Perhaps it’s all for the best, and I would rather see directors come up with their own creations instead.

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