Quick recap: A man gets bitten by a werewolf that he defends himself from and in turn, becomes a werewolf. Except not really, because this version of a werwolf has Lon Cheney looking like a hairy hipster. After going on a killing spree, as all werewolves are wont to do, he is bludgeoned to death by his father.
Fun (?) Fact: The Wolf Man’s hair is made from yak and took hours to put it on and take it off
My thoughts: As I have mentioned before, werewolves are not very scary to me and this one was even less so. Although I don’t really know what I was expecting since the movie is called Wolf Man. The attack scenes were especially not scary. It just seemed like some really hairy guy had had enough of society’s rules on grooming and wanted to let everyone know who was really in charge.
I enjoyed this film more when I thought about the context of its time. I don’t subscribe to the idea that people back then were more easily scared because I don’t see how ANYONE would’ve had nightmares from this guy. But I can imagine some kid watching a matinee of Wolf Man, maybe a double feature, and getting kind of creeped out. There were enough elements that most 7 year olds would be scared by- a mysterious gypsy, lots of fog, and then the scenes were the werewolves are beaten to death. This movie takes itself seriously.
One part of the film that creeped me out was not the Wolf Man, but Larry Talbot’s attempts to flirt with Gwen. I don’t know about you, but if a guy came up to me and said that he liked my earrings because he had been spying on me with a telescope, I wouldn’t go walking around town with him late at night. Not judging here, of course. I had read the synopsis of the movie beforehand that mentioned the transformation of a werewolf was a metaphor for a sexual transformation. If so, Wolf Man is into some kinky stuff. Once again, not judging.
Final review: 2/5. My favorite part of the movie is that it is only 70 minutes long. I think it would be a lot of fun to show Wolf Man at a kids halloween party, but no adult should see it and expect to be frightened.
Nightmares: no nightmares, but my dreams had plenty of fog in them
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