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Wolfman (1979)

PG | | Horror | February 1979 (USA)
A man finds out that his family has a werewolf curse put apon them.

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Earl Owensby ...
Colin Glasgow
Kristina Reynolds ...
Lynn Harris Randolph
Sid Rancer ...
Dr. George Tate
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Reverend Leonard (as Edward Grady)
Richard Dedmon ...
Clement Glasgow
Maggie Lauterer ...
Elizabeth Glasgow
Brownlee Davis ...
Sheriff
Helene Tryon ...
Grandmother Glasgow
Julian Morton ...
Edwin Glasgow
Al Meyers ...
Attorney Ewan Rowe
Victor Smith ...
Luther
Mike Allen ...
Deputy in Derby
Charles Reynolds ...
Coroner White
Mike Putnam ...
Farmhouse Victim
Dick Rice ...
Innkeeper
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After the death of his Father, Colin Glasgow (Earl Owensby) finds out that his Father and Grandfather were cursed and that they were Werewolves. And now Colin discovers that he also has the curse and he is a werewolf too and he must stop a Satanic Reverend who put the curse on him and his family. Written by Dylan Conner

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Last of the time lapse effects-filled werewolf films.
7 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Colin Glasgow, a businessman, arrives back in his old hometown when his father passes away, only to find that the man's will prohibits him from leaving for at least a month. Checking the will, Colin finds that it has been forged. But that is not the least of it – his cousins & an evil devil-worshipping priest have maintained a curse over the family's male members, turning them into werewolves. As Colin tries to uncover the mystery over the curse, he slowly becomes a werewolf.

Worth Keeter has made a name for himself, directing many episodes of the inexplicably popular 1990s television craze Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. He also made a number of slick but really poorly written genre films such as Last Lives & the rather offensive Memorial Day. Wolfman was Keeter's first film & true to form features many of the same qualities that made his later works such laugh riots.

Wolfman is basically a werewolf film done in the old school time-lapse & yak hair face masks that were pioneered back when the werewolf film was a new thing. But the time that the film was made was ready to usher in a whole new breed of transformation effects that were introduced in films such as THE HOWLING & An American Werewolf in London – effects that would make the type of stuff shown here obsolete.

Wolfman also suffers from a lack of narrative drive – indeed for a horror film, the film doesn't go very far with its premise (or more to the point, doesn't get much mileage from its central idea). The film is stuck in the mystery angle that would ironically mar many later Howling sequels. There are also the little things that suggest a mediocre production – the microphone on star Earl Owensby's coat making a tearing sound when he reaches over to kiss his co-star & several slight anachronisms to be seen in the background. Despite being the last film to feature the old type of transformation effects, Wolfman does a fair job in this area & the climax is reasonable for this type of film. If nothing else, Wolfman does a slightly better job of making a werewolf mystery than some of the crass Howling sequels.


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