Wolf

A publisher fighting to keep his job slowly turns into a werewolf.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature

 

United States
1994
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Professional Film
Lycanthrope Film
Animals: 
Wolf
Stalker: 
Trespasser
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
7.04
It runs in your veins!
6
5.04
8
7.04
3
4
3
Dialogue
Effects
Performances
This dialogue-driven masterpiece relies on three talented Hollywood actors to get its supernatural story across; an unconventional story about lycanthropy that would work just as well without the horror element. Indeed, Wolf could have been a romantic and professional drama. Rest assured; in a sea of failed werewolf flicks, this movie stands out for a bunch of good reasons.
It’s a modern slow-burn with a drop of whatever made old monster movies work. It’s one of the best werewolf stories ever told, yet it barely scratches the surface of the affliction. Jack Nicholson was born to play a werewolf and is extremely comfortable with it all. Michelle Pfeiffer is easy on the eyes, dominant and the perfect 1990’s love interest. James Spader is the man we love to hate.
When it comes to werewolf action, the blocking is a little campy and the physics don’t make much sense. Mind you, this is the only real issue with this picture. The make-up is minimalist but it’s all we need. The gore is not excessive and that's not a problem either. The various plot points never seem forced. We have realistic characters on our hands, despite a crazy narrative.
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