The Wolf Man (1941)

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The Wolf Man (1941)
Genre: Action
Adventure
Drama
Fantasy
Horror
Suspense
Thriller
Photography: Black and White
Running Time: 70 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 12, 1941
Directed by: George Waggner
Written by: Curt Siodmak
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Starring: Lon Chaney Jr.
Claude Rains
Warren William
Ralph Bellamy
Bela Lugosi
Patric Knowles
Previous film: Werewolf of London (1935 - spiritually)
Next film: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

The Wolf Man is a 1941 action, adventure, drama, horror, suspense, thriller, fantasy, monster movie which is part of the Universal Monster Cycle along with Dr.  Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  It was directed by George Waggner, Curt Siodmak, filmed by Joseph Valentine, edited by Ted J. Kent, distributed by Universal Pictures, produced by George Waggner and Universal Pictures, and starred Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, and Bela Lugosi.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing acting, especially from Lon Chaney Jr. who played Larry Talbot aka The Wolf Man.  
  2. Excellent soundtrack. It makes the movie more ominous and creepy.  
  3. Great makeup work on The Wolf Man that makes him look genuinely scary.  
  4. Good effects for the Wolf Man transformation scene. It was depicted using a series of makeup changes and cross dissolves, which looked pretty realistic.  
  5. The music, acting, set design, and foggy streets and cemeteries all work together to give the film a truly atmospheric presence which few can match.  
  6. Fantastic, low-key action scenes between the Wolf Man and all of his victims.  
  7. Unlike most of the Universal Monsters, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Wolf Man wasn't based on any source material novel, the movie featured a fresh, original story.  
  8. The 2010 remake was also decent.

Trivia

  1. The Wolf Man was one of the last Monsters to be created that was part of the Universal Monsters Cycle.  

Reception

The Wolf Man has a 94% critic rating and a 80% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 7.4/10 on the International Movie Database, and a 3.6/5 on Letterboxd.  

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