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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Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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Production on the film began in October 1979 and the production was halted in Febuary 1980 due to budget concerns as well as the dailies. See more »


Moments before the first murder, the killers stalk their victim (using the "night vision" effect) and pass behind a parked car, revealing the reflection of a bright sunny day in the rear hood of the car when it is supposedly taking place at night. See more »


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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Referenced in The Flying Doctors: E.T - New Girl in Town (1986) See more »


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"You wouldn't kill anyone else, would you?" .. "That's what you get paid to find out."
2 October 2016 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A series of gory killings in and around New York City, mutilations done by a Jack the Ripper-type, are investigated by a hardened veteran police detective and his cynical female partner. Aside from some interesting Steadicam photography from the predator's point of view, this 'thoughtful' thriller about territorial spirits manifesting themselves as wolves isn't very suspenseful. Albert Finney, wrung-out and with a whopper-crop of fluffy hair, pieces together the mystery with bleary eyes and mouth askew; his blasé manner isn't used for salty humor, though--he really does look bored. David M. Eyre and Michael Wadleigh adapted their weak screenplay from Whitley Strieber's novel "The Wolfen," and Wadleigh also directed (it was his first feature following directorial duties on the 1970 documentary, "Woodstock"). In a ludicrous example of what eventually follows, the filmmakers attempt to raise shivers by having a nude Edward James Olmos run around like a madman at night, drinking from a puddle, howling at the moon and foaming at the mouth. *1/2 from ****

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