Wolfen (1981)

@Bionicman (3967)
Czech Republic
December 3, 2009 10:15pm CST
These days I'm in the mood to watch werewolf movies. After watching An American Werewolf in London, I read this on wikipedia: "The film (American Warewolf in London) was one of the three high-profile werewolves films released in 1981, alongside The Howling and Wolfen." So I decided to watch Wolfen since I've already seen The Howling. SPOILER But the thing is, Wolfen isn't a werewolf movie. There are no werewolves in Wolfen. There are..ehm...wolfen. They are more advanced wolves secretly living among us for centuries and hunting humans as a prey. SPOILER ENDS The story follows detective Dewey Wilson who is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders in which it appears the victims were killed by animals. In his investigation, Wilson learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits, and that there may be predatory shapeshifters living in the vicinity. It was more of a thriller with supernatural elements of wolves than a classic horror movie. Some scenes were very 80s kind of cheesy. Especially killing where wolves tore limbs and bitten heads off in a way that's absolutely ridicoulous and impossible. They showed hands flying around but they never showed them doing it because they used real wolves and that would be hard to film. But using real wolves was a great choice. Scene where wolves surrounded detectives and face off scene at the end of the movie were fantastic. The movie was boring at times (lasts nearly 2 hours) and I fell asleep halfway through it (and had a nasty nightmare) but that wasn't movie's fault since I was really tired. If you're going to see it, don't expect much horror. There's only one scary scene in the movie (the church). My rating: 4/10 (but it's still worth watching) imdb.com rating: 6.2/10 Have you seen Wolfen? The next werewolf movie I'm going to see is Wolvesbayne (2009), which I discovered today while I was searching for the ultimate fighter episode. What a coincidence.
2 responses
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
4 Dec 09
I know I have seen this movie but don't remember much of it, although the bit where you mention about the Indian legend does ring a bell or two, so does the bit with them using real wolves. I guess I will have to watch it again some time. Did it have bits in the movie where it was shown from the wolfs point of view ?
@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
5 Dec 09
Yes that's the one. I've read on wiki that it's one of the first movies that used this camera effect POV.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
5 Dec 09
Really, thats interesting so at least the movie did something that was original
• United States
5 Dec 09
I saw this movie back when I was a little kid, and yes I do remember the werewolf refrences in the movie, but I also remeber that there was no werewolf. I saw this film again in my teens and didn't watch it all the way through, because I did find the film very boring. Great name for a werewolf film, but sad, flat out, it sucked!!
@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
5 Dec 09
It has some boring unnecessary scenes. It would be much better if they'd manage to cut it in hour and half.