Friday, January 8, 2010

J.T.'s "Scary Shit I Need To See In 2010" list: The Wolfman

A couple of Halloweens ago, Doug and I were having a discussion and it dawned on us that as far as the enduring legacies of the three premier Universal monster icons went, there was a significant decline in the number of quality werewolf pictures since The Wolf Man.

Both Frankenstein and Dracula have seen relatively successful revivals over the years in some form or another, but the werewolf's stock has gone down significantly as time has gone by.

I mean seriously. Vampires always remain en vogue and every "mad scientist" or "technology gone horribly awry" movie pays homage to Mary Shelley's magnum opus in one form or another, but for every American Werewolf In London there is an American Werewolf In Paris, for every Ginger Snaps there is a Project: Metalbeast, and for every Dog Soldiers there is a Full Eclipse

But fear not, lovers of the feral! Universal Studios has heard your cries and this February brings the 2010 horror movie I am looking forward to most of all to the theater.

The Wolfman!

I suspect that the story won't change too much as Lawrence Talbot (Benecio Del Toro) returns home to investigate his brother's death only to become the latest carrier of the family curse. Hugo Weaving, Emily Blunt, and Sir Anthony Hopkins round out what appears to be a very respectable cast.

Purists may scoff at the CGI in the trailer, but these are modern times and the iconic transformation scenes need to be fluid and dramatic, and they should be comforted by the fact that movie make-up maestro without peer, Rick Baker, is on duty.

From the looks of the teaser currently in circulation, the GCI folks have really gone out of their way to accentuate the metamorphosis sequences so that they really emphasize the agony Talbot endures as he assumes the form of his lethal alter ego.

I'm happy to see that Universal Studios is not shying away from a solid R rating for this movie. You can't really appreciate the ferocity of the predator until you can see the effects of his fury, and that means that blood has to be spilled by the bucketload.

Keep your silver-headed cane close by and purchase your tickets for this one as soon as they are available!

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