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Sep 24 12 5:53 PM
flashback wrote:i liked how the scotland yard inspector looked at his bite by the werewolf and it dawned on him the same thing would happen to him.
Nov 21 12 11:44 AM
Servant of Legendre wrote:Yeah, I can see flaws in THE WOLF-MAN, but after the absymal atrocity of those MUMMY movies, it's like eating prime salmon after a bowl of catfood.
Jan 6 13 11:02 AM
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Jan 9 13 4:19 PM
mrbluesky wrote:I saw this film when it came out and had very high hopes for it,
having seen the trailer for it at Comicon I believe 2 years prior.
The beginning, minus the introductory gore, was quite compelling
and mysterious. Then, however the film took a very sharp turn
for the worse, losing all its mystery in one scene and plummeted
toward an ending reminiscent of War of the Gargantuas (a film
which, by the way, never forgets what it is).
The problem with most remakes is philosophical. When the tone of
the original is completely changed the connection is lost. The Hammer
films accomplished this departure through an original approach. When
their own films changed their tone, they also lost connection with
what made them great.
In the Wolfman, the difference is monumental but the approach
pedestrian; in the original, no one believes Larry Talbot. He doesn't
believe it himself at first. Between Maleva and Sir John, we are
given two ways of perceiving truth in the tale and it retains its
mystery right up to the end. In fact, even then the mystery
In the new film EVERYone believes in werewolves from the start and
any remaining sense of mystery is abandoned during the asylum scene.
This is far more the approach of newer films and has no philosophical
connection to the old. Everything is shown in realistic detail, in
full light until there can be no doubt that werewolves exist. The
magic is thereby undone. In fact, the beast himself is more like
Superman than the Wolfman. Unfortunately, the terrific make-up
by Rick Baker is misused by over-exposure.
I must add that the film has its moments, however, its strengths
are simply swept away by its overwhelming weaknesses. The
conception of Sir John, his estate, his mysterious servant are
very compelling elements. The moment where we first recognize
the truth about Sir John is quite eerie, though it comes after
the film is irretrievably lost. The titanic battle at the end, had
it followed a remarkable movie and had it been done with any
cinematic artfulness could have been fantastic.
As it is, it was ridiculous.
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