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The Wolf Man (1941)

Approved | | 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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Larry Talbot - The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
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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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Night monster... prowling... killing... terrifying a countryside... with the blood lust of a savage beast! See more »

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

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Curt Siodmak claimed that he is responsible for the addition to canon of the werewolf's vulnerability to silver, and this claim has often been repeated by horror aficionados, including director John Landis. However, silver, according to legend, was first used to slay a werewolf in the Beast of Gevaudan, dating from the late 19th century. Novels recounting the legend appeared in the 1930's, and featured the slaying of the werewolf with a silver bullet. The Wolf Man, however, was the first film to utilize the silver bullet myth onscreen. See more »

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The position of Doctor Lloyd on the couch while Larry is asking if he believes in werewolves changes. See more »

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Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Wooden actors and hairy monsters
1 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Errie shadows follow the second Talbot son(the broad shouldered giant of a seemingly much younger and smaller Father) as he strides through the woods with the beautiful Gwen to the gypsy camp to have his fortune told. The obviously constant fog swirls around everybody's ankles in the darkness. Lon's two standard expressions, his stiff smile while with Gwen and his wide eyed look of anxiety as he transforms into the hairy beast alternate throughout the film. There is an unforgettable moment as the hairs sprout and Lon's expression clearly says -Oh no, I'm a werewolf ! ! The plot is barely plausible but the strength of this film lies not in the characters but in the portrayal of them by the wooden actors of which Lon is the best. The cream of B-movie actors, Bela Lugosi as - Bela - treats us to a flash of his abundant eyebrows in a brief appearance while the monotonous drone of the gypsy woman as she endlessly repeats sayings about the werewolf is only equalled by her bang on time arrival with horse and carriage as the wolf attacks his victim. Even the beautiful Gwen doesn't bat an eyelid at the news of her best friends murder. A classic to be watched as many times as possible - it only gets better !


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