Monday, January 17, 2011

Wolfen (1981)

1st View
Format: Netflix WI
Venue: Rivendell

The Good: Interesting take on werewolf cannon; really dug the Native American angle. Incidentally, this would make a great double feature with Prophecy. The kills are sleek and well executed via some fantastic practical effects. I appreciated the decision to go with real wolves as opposed to giant wolf monsters because it lends itself more seamlessly to the central concept. There are some decently creepy scenes including the scene near the end in the bar and the killing of Tom Noonan; great as always in this.

The Bad: If this movie were any drier, it would be a sandbox. Impossibly slow, overly moody, and featuring a host of misguided artsy gimmicks. It does everything it can to date itself and ends up succeeding to its own detriment. I also thought the ending was a complete joke.

The Weird: If you are the sort of person who feels that movies today lack the requisite amount of Edward James Olmos nudity, you'll be pleased as punch when you see him cavorting on the beach in the buff while pretending to be a wolf.

Rating: 5/10 Atkins

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