Wolfen

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Released 1981

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Director:
Michael Wadleigh
Released:
1981
Rating:
R

Wolfen, released in 1981 by Orion Pictures through Warner Brothers, provides a new twist on the legend of the werewolf. Set in New York City, detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) must solve a set of bizarre and brutal murders where the victims seem to have been killed by animals. His investigation of the deaths of a real estate tycoon, his coke-binging wife, and a wino, leads him to discover a Native American legend about wolf spirits. Soon, he finds a pack of intelligent and savage shape shifters living in the South Bronx. The beings are not the werewolves of legend, but a separate race that descended from wolves and live secretly with man. The film is based on the 1978 novel, The Wolfen, by Whitley Strieber. It includes an early use of an in-camera effect to portray the wolf. It is also the film debut of Gregory Hines who portrayed Whittington in the film.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What is perhaps most interesting about Wolfen is that the story remains plausible given its basic assumptions, of course. This is not sci-fi, fantasy or violent escapism. It's a pr...

  • 70

    Time Out London

    The camera's vision is a fresh one, and though the wolf's eye view sequences threaten at first to become a nuisance, they are soon justified as a dramatic device, and ultimately as...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This denouement, even without its obviously reprehensible politics, is weak; it's also extremely confusing and confused. It does, however, manage to catch that nebulous ideological...

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Drama, Horror, Suspense

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Slashers, munich germany, Creatures & Monsters