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Wolfen (1981)

R  |   |  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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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 »

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Edddie Holt: It's not wolves, it's Wolfen. For 20,000 years Wilson- ten times your fucking Christian era- the 'skins and wolves, the great hunting nations, lived together, nature in balance. Then the slaughter came.
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Survival of the fittest....
29 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After having reviewed several comments, yes, the film is a bit dated, we can do without the cocaine and decadent 80's references, but overall this is an interesting film with several notable performances.

The idea of a wolfen entity, fighting to survive, is not too hard to believe. It is a question of survival, not good or evil.

When Tom Noonan, who works at the zoo, is viewing the murder of wolves, we see man's inhumanity to animals; the fact that the wolfed act as they do makes perfect sense.

The POV of the wolf, especially as seen in the South Bronx, is cold and calculating. But they only do this to survive. While this is not a werewolf movie, or even conventional horror, it is an interesting theme which is worth viewing, and the creature Albert Finney sees on the steps of the abandoned building is rather frightening. This is a film where if you are intrigued, you may also want to read the novel. 8/10.


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