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The Wolf Man (1941)

Not Rated | | Horror | 12 December 1941 (USA)
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

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Upon the death of his brother, Larry Talbot returns from America to his ancestral home in Wales. He visits a gypsy camp with village girl Jenny Williams, who is attacked by Bela, a gypsy who has turned into a werewolf. Larry kills the werewolf but is bitten during the fight. Bela's mother tells him that this will cause him to become a werewolf at each full moon. Larry confesses his plight to his unbelieving father, Sir John, who then joins the villagers in a hunt for the wolf. Transformed by the full moon, Larry heads for the forest and a fateful meeting with both Sir John and Gwen Conliffe. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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In many a distant village, there exists the Legend of the Werewolf or Wolf Man, a legend of a strange mortal man with the hair and fangs of an unearthly beast... his hideous howl, a dirge of death! See more »

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$180,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The film opened just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. See more »

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Bela transforms into a dog-like wolf, but Larry transforms into a man-like one. Having been bitten by one type of werewolf, Larry ought to transform into one of the same kind. See more »

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Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Lon Chaney, Jr. You'll love him, even as the monster.
26 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite of all the Universal horrors. Even in 1941, this is not the original werewolf movie. It was already a remake, even at this early date. However, it is by far, the best of the older werewolf movies; the progenitor which has spawned nearly all other movies of this line. It lays down the basic laws concerning werewolves, gives you a history of lycanthropy, and leaves the rest to your imagination. While the effects left a lot to be desired, they are forgiven due to the incredible age of this classic masterpiece.

Lon Chaney was the veritable epitome of lovable; honorable, sweet, and intelligent Americanized man, who is open and endearing, lending these qualities to his character, and making you love him, even as he becomes this horrible, monstrous killer.

"Through no fault of your own.."

This movie is more than a classic. It is an absolute masterpiece of drama, horror, legend, and melancholy sweetness. This was one of the Universal horror classics which shaped the whole genre of horror as we know it.

I highly recommend Universal's The Wolf Man Legacy Collection DVD Box set. It is WELL worth the asking price.

It rates a 9.5/10 from...

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