The Wolf Man (1941)
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The Wolf Man (1941)Rating:
- Dylan = 9 / 10;
- Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
- IMDB = 7.4/10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 8.0/10.
The Wolf Man (1941) Synopsis:
John Talbot returns to his home village where he accidentally gets attacked by a dog at night. After killing the wolf, the body of a man is found instead.
The Wolf Man (1941) Review:
The Wolf Man is, with Dracula and Frankenstein, one of the most famous horror monsters ever created. Whereas there have been a few werewolf movies before this one, none has left such a mark as this classic from the Universal studios.
Such success is due, in part, to the complex and yet colorful personality of John Talbot, the wolf-man, remarkably well played here by the legendary Lon Chaney. His performance remains today as the default werewolf in most fan’s minds.
The Wolf Man is worth watching because of these historical features, but other than that I didn’t find it so great. Having seen pretty much all the Universal monster films before this one, I have to confess that it disappointed me. The story, which was probably quite innovative at the time, appear nowadays as a very basic werewolf tale, with no surprises. The characters are great, but I found that the dialogues, which are definitely the highlight of the other Universal monster films (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy), to be a lot less deep here. Overall, the movie felt a bit old to me. Still, considering that it is almost 75 years old, it is a classic that fans must watch.