The long-awaited remake of 1943's The Wolf Man bears many similarities to the original, but one major difference is that the film is set in the 1880s, rather than present day. While that gave the movie the opportunity to dress Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins up in period garb (not that the latter two needed any encouragement), it also created difficulties for the screenwriters, costumers and set decorators as far as making everything accurate to the time period. And while they did a pretty good job, a few 20th- and 21st-century artifacts snuck their way into the film. We watched the movie and found a bunch of anachronistic details that should have been edited out in post.
Scary monsters. Super creeps. Sienna Miller. All are represented in this week's new movies on DVD, as wolverines, wolfmen, zombies and overrated actresses stalk the moors. And by moors, we mean Best Buy.
As Universal Studios has updated each of their monster pictures over the past decade, they've necessarily changed them from pure horror films into more spectacular fare. The Mummy films have become more and more action-heavy, as was Van Helsing, although that one also buried itself in a steaming pile of camp. And while The Wolfman has its action scenes, it mostly hews very close to its classic horror roots, by which I mean that the story is fairly predictable and packed with cliches and cheap scares. However, since a scary mask isn't enough to scare anybody these days, the gore level has been elevated to match current audience tastes. This movie is rated "R" for a reason.
My self-imposed ban on stories about vampires and/or werewolves is officially over, because... well, because I found some cool news about werewolves and vampires. It seems that the upcoming Wolfman movie is only the first in a series of films designed to bring back the classic "Universal Monsters" of old, and both Dracula and the Invisible Man are slated for new film incarnations: a prequel and a sequel, respectively. In other news, there will also be a Mummy 4... but let's move on.
I swear to God that this is my last blog post about vampires, werewolves or Witchblade for a while. I know, I talk about one or the other pretty much every day in the Moviefile, but they're all pretty awesome, and we just happen to be living at the right time to be fans of these things. And since I just happened to stumble across a couple of news items involving werewolves and vampires, I thought I'd clue you all in. If you're not interested, scroll down and read about Jennifer Lopez; if you are, then read on...if you dare!