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Story

Wolfen is definitely the oddest and most socially conscious of the three big werewolf movies released in 1981 (the others were The Howling and An American Werewolf in London). Rumpled detective Albert Finney is investigating some brutal NYC murders, which leads him to discover that the collapsing buildings of the South Bronx are home to a pack of very vindictive wolflike creatures. American Indian mythology and environmental issues are more to the point here than silver-bullet lycanthropy. As a police procedural, the movie's a bust, its rhythms wrong and Finney's tortured Brooklyn accent unconvincing. But as a horror-mood piece, it can get under your skin. Some trippy photography, plus a bunch of interesting actors at the beginnings of their film careers (Diane Venora, Gregory Hines, and a lean and hungry Edward James Olmos), outweigh the druggy pace and period hairstyles. Director Michael Wadleigh (Woodstock) never made another feature. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Albert FinneyDewey Wilson
Diane VenoraRebecca Neff
Edward James OlmosEddie Holt
Gregory HinesWhittington
Tom NoonanFerguson
Dick O'NeillWarren
Peter Michael GoetzRoss
Reginald VelJohnsonMorgue Attendant

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Michael Wadleigh
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 115 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 24, 1981
    AustraliaOct 22, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 13, 2002
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