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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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One of three movies starring Albert Finney released in 1981. All had one word titles. They were Wolfen (1981), Looker (1981) and Loophole (1981). 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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Dewey Wilson: They kill...
Old Indian: The sick. The abandoned. Those who will not be missed.
Dewey Wilson: More than that.
Old Indian: They kill to survive. They kill to protect.
Dewey Wilson: Family?
Old Indian: Man kills for less. But in the end, it is all for the hunting ground.
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An underrated horror classic.
19 April 2002 | by (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

Michael Wadleigh's chilling 1981 horror film was released under little fanfare and thus makes it all the more unforgettable. Albert Finney portrays a weary cop on the trail of some super intelligent lupine creatures who (believe it or not) have a reason for the carnage. The destruction of their South Bronx territory. Gregory hines scored points as a jive talkin' coroner. The single most harrowing scene is the decapitation scene. Don't watch with the lights off!!!


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