‘The Wolfman’ has finally been released (February 2010) following delays due to apparent ‘creative differences’ and an eventual change of director. The film had an epic budget and much hyped publicity in the wake of the recent trend for vampire and werewolf movies. Headed up by fine actors, Benicio Del Toro (Lawrence Talbot) Emily Blunt (Gwen Conliffe), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Sir John Talbot) and Hugo Weaving (detective from Scotland Yard), a heap of special effects and the backing of Universal Studios, one would have high expectations going to see this film, a remake of the 1941 classic gothic horror film of same name.
Anthony Hopkins is the monstrous Sir John Talbot in this new remake of this werewolf classic. He is cold and Machiavellian as the chillingly unemotional English aristocrat who abandoned his son (played in the film by Benicio Del Toro) as a child and now lives in the isolation of his decaying mansion in the wilds of the English countryside.
The £55 million production is a much more lavish – and scarier – version of the original film, which starred Lon Chaney Jr as the lycanthrope and Claude Rains as his father. While Chaney’s metamorphosis consisted mostly of growing more facial hair and sprouting fangs, this time the transformation of Del Toro is handled by Rick Baker, the special effects wizard who devised the horrific change scenes for 1981’s An American Werewolf In London.
‘The Wolfman‘ was filmed on location at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, UK, the stately home became a house of horror in ‘The Wolfman’ – horror movie fans will be howling with screams of delight when they see Chatsworth House like it’s never been seen before – in the new Hollywood blockbuster The Wolfman.
Set in 1890 the scene and atmosphere is set with an over abundance of fog machines, eerie noises and predictable gore in an effort to pay tribute to the nostalgic Hammer House of Horror films from a past era. The film is a remake of the 1941 film of the same title. Unfortunately the setting fails to convince and appears slightly comical, instead of having you on the edge of your seat with fear. The film has clearly suffered from too much editing and the characters are difficult to relate to, as is their dialogue in relation to the scant plot. Hugo Weaving, as the Scotland Yard detective adds much needed wit and interest, albeit a brief performance.
Anthony Hopkins requested to play the piano in this movie, which he does using his own composition which he improvised at the time. Another accomplished passion of Hopkins, he is due to do a concert tour in Australia later this year performing music he has composed.
The film is light and entertaining, especially for fans of werewolves, Frankenstein, and gothic horror, and great to watch on your home cinema with the lights down and the volume way up to get the most out of the special effects in The Wolfman movie!
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