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Wolfman (1979)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  21 September 1979 (USA)
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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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Yup, it's pretty awful ...
6 April 2005 | by (Bromsgrove, England) – See all my reviews

Well, it looks like there's another contender here for the "so bad it's good" category. This is a werewolf movie that was made towards the end of a very long dry spell, after the glory days of Universal's "Wolf Man" series, and before the year 1981 brought us several great werewolf movies ("American Werewolf", "The Howling" and "Wolfen").

A man returns to his home town when his uncle dies (or, or more accurately, is murdered -- as we know from the first scene). He soon finds out that there is some kind of a curse on his family, which his grandmother is aware of and which involves some kind of an evil priest. The plot after this point is fairly predictable and straightforward. It's film-making for the sake of film-making, and there aren't very many original ideas. However, the look of the film is quite cool, and clearly it's inspired by the "Hammer Studios" productions, in which everything looks kind of like a set but has a very creepy feel to it.

The cast are generally pretty laughable. Seriously, there's no excuse for acting this bad -- hell, I've seen much better actors in local theatrical productions. The leading man has zero charisma, and even less acting ability, as clearly he was cast simply for his 'Wolf Man' appearance. This leads to some pretty hilarious scenes, for example when he delivers sentences along the lines of "Doctor, my grandmother told me that my father was a werewolf and a priest stabbed him in the heart with a silver dagger", in a complete monotone with a straight face and absolutely no emotion, you just can't help but laugh. He doesn't get a whole lot of help from the supporting male cast, but most of the female members actually seem quite competent actresses. Not that it helps much.

On the other hand, there is a sub-culture of people out there who will really enjoy this movie. If you're one of those people that collects Edward D Wood Jr's movies, or if your idea of a good time is to stay in and laugh your way through "Manos: Hands of Fate", odds are you'll really appreciate much of the badness in this movie.

It's bad. It's very, very bad. But if you're a fan of those terrible B-pictures, you'll probably find something to enjoy here.


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