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Wolfen (1981)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  24 July 1981 (USA)
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A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.

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A city cop is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders where it appears that the victoms were killed by animals. In his pursuit he learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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Their hunting ground - New York City. Their prey - the people. See more »

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According to director Michael Wadleigh, a dozen police sharpshooters were employed and positioned all over the place as the wolves were considered wild and uncontrollable animals. These sharpshooters were ordered to shoot to kill if a wolf got out of the enclosed area. See more »

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When the doctor is riding his motorbike through the tunnel and spots the wolf, he is mouthing "Help me," repeatedly, but we don't hear his voice. At the end, he says, "Oh my god," but is still mouthing, "Help me." See more »

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Eddie Holt: You've seen them, haven't you? You don't have the eyes of the Hunter. You have the eyes of the dead.
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Creepy but clumsy
4 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Heavy-handed 70s style environmental message and a fuzzy ending marred this one. But I can still see why this movie left an impression on me 20 years ago -- it had some very creepy moments and a number of excellent visual effects. Throw in some great gritty sets in a bombed out part of the Bronx, and you have a movie with some real atmosphere. But I think the parts here were somewhat greater than the whole. Despite some great moments, the overall movie just wasn't that good, and it definitely wandered down the stretch. A good concept not fully realized -- creepy, but clumsy.


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