The HSX Blog

Weekend Pass: The Wolfman wants you this Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us this Sunday bringing a promise of love and coupledom.  While the aptly titled film Valentine’s Day [VSDAY] angles to get people in the theaters, a hairy situation unfolds through Universal Studios. Directed by Joe Johnston [JOJOH], The Wolfman [WOLFM] is a remake of the 1941 classic horror film.  After having been delayed for two years, Wolfman finally gets to reap the benefits of coming out this holiday weekend.

Benicio Del Toro [BDELT] plays Larry Talbot, the role Lon Chaney Jr. played in the original.  Larry is afflicted with the curse that turns him into a werewolf when the moon is full.  Anthony Hopkins [AHOPK] stars as his father and Emily Blunt [EBLUN] as the love interest.  

Vampires have gotten their due in the recent decade but the werewolf has played second fiddle in films like Underworld and The Twilight Saga.  After the original 1941 film, the werewolf was the star of sequels including Frankenstein meets the Wolfman.  In more modern times, enthusiasts got An American Werewolf in London and its sequel in Paris.  The beast became even more pop culture friendly thanks to Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf.  Even Jack Nicholson howled at the moon in Wolf.

Johnston’s The Wolfman features a plush gothic period look combined with state of the art special effects of the beast.  The story has Del Toro searching for the creature that murdered his brother in order to bring peace to his father and his brother’s fiancée.  When he himself is afflicted with the curse, a love story unfolds amidst an atmosphere of psychological terror. 

The cast of Hopkins, Blunt and Del Toro brings credibility and should be a draw.  Hopkins is an Oscar-winner who chilled audiences as Hannibal Lector while Blunt, who is also in theaters for The Young Victoria [YVICT], is an actress on the upswing.  Oscar-winner Del Toro who usually plays cops, gangsters and other people affiliated with law enforcement is a unique choice as a man fighting a beast in 1880s England.  An appearance by Hugo Weaving [HWEAV] as a Scotland Yard investigator looking for answers cannot hurt.

Finally, The Wolfman promises to deliver a good old fashioned horror story with heart-pounding moments and updated transformation scenes.  The film could also ride on the period piece enthusiasm that met Sherlock Holmes a month ago.

For those of you who are fans of romance but don’t want to see something frilly on the big screen this holiday weekend, then The Wolfman could be a good date for you.


View more Blog posts »

By HSXniknak on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 05:23 PM 2801 views

Recent Comments

Sunday, March 7 at 06:28 AM Pacific
So why is it at zero?
Sunday, March 7 at 06:32 AM Pacific
Oh, nevermind. I see it delisted at 50 something.


@HSXMOVIES on Twitter

Follow HSX on Twitter!

Lorene Scafaria to direct Bee Gees movie #BeeGees       The Fabelmans will expand to 973 theaters this Friday #TheFabelmans https://t.co/XtRTLBtcRd       Spoiler Alert will expand to 782 theaters this Friday #SpoilerAlert https://t.co/aebHBQEzS0       First trailer for Life Upside Down starring Bob Odenkirk #LifeUpsideDown https://t.co/gM8m2KKs2q       Shawnee Smith, Synnøve Macody Lund, Steven Brand and Michael Beach join Saw X #SawX #Saw10       Michelle Yeoh to star as Madame Morrible in #Wicked        Jackie Chan is in talks for Rush Hour 4 #RushHour4       First trailer for Infinity Pool starring Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, and Cleopatra Coleman…       First Look at You Hurt My Feelings starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus #YouHurtMyFeelings https://t.co/4HXQH6WcYb       First Look at The Pod Generation starring Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor … https://t.co/ASdrE8d2dE      
Dominique Thorne (DTHOR) 24835 87.24 (-0.24)         Julia Louis-Dreyfus (JLOUI) 24835 89.14 (+0.24)         Lake Bell (LBELL) 165 80.68 (0.00)         Avatar: The Way of the Water - O (AVAT2.OW) 17318 172.28 (+0.03)         Zatanna (ZATAN) 149999 26.33 (+1.06)         Violent Night (VILNT) 150000 29.81 (-0.07)         Violent Night (VILNT) 150000 29.81 (-0.07)         Lupita Nyong'o (LNYON) 24835 183.43 (-0.49)         Martin Freeman (MAFRE) 24835 145.90 (-0.66)         Martin Freeman (MAFRE) 25000 145.90 (-0.66)         Superman (SUPRM) 150000 87.60 (-0.01)         Tenoch Huerta (THUER) 164 57.18 (0.00)         Winston Duke (WDUKE) 24836 181.00 (-0.03)         Winston Duke (WDUKE) 24834 181.00 (-0.03)         Dirty Angels (DRTYA) 150000 14.59 (-0.41)         Jackie Chan (JCHAN) 25000 27.81 (+0.13)         Greg Mottola (GMOTT) 164 38.48 (0.00)         Rush Hour 4 (RUSH4) 150000 13.65 (+0.30)         Annie Mumolo (AMUMO) 10 61.81 (0.00)         John Slattery (JSLAT) 164 95.64 (0.00)         Ballerina (BLRNA) 354 33.51 (0.00)         Jon Hamm (JHAMM) 2 55.53 (0.00)         Infinity Pool (INFPO) 150000 5.65 (-0.27)         Lucy Punch (LPUNC) 24835 24.42 (-0.11)         The Conjuring 4 (CNJU4) 10000 39.83 (-0.32)         Marcia Gay Harden (MGHAR) 25000 47.39 (+0.16)         Mummies (MUMIS) 150000 9.20 (+0.18)         Mummies (MUMIS) 150000 9.20 (+0.18)         True Haunting (TRUEH) 149998 14.05 (+0.54)         Adipurush (ADIPU) 99999 5.04 (-0.04)         Adipurush (ADIPU) 25000 5.04 (-0.04)         True Haunting (TRUEH) 149998 14.05 (+0.54)         Metal Men (METAL) 10000 27.10 (-0.03)         Consecration (CNSCR) 50000 3.33 (-0.03)         Cat Person (CATPS) 150000 3.96 (-0.07)         Consecration (CNSCR) 150000 3.33 (-0.03)         Mummies (MUMIS) 150000 9.20 (+0.18)         Mummies (MUMIS) 150000 9.20 (+0.18)         Stepdude aka Oh Hell No (OHELN) 20000 15.61 (-0.02)         Stepdude aka Oh Hell No (OHELN) 20000 15.61 (-0.02)         Maestro (BERST) 150000 0.04 (-0.01)         Maestro (BERST) 40000 0.04 (-0.01)         Dirty Angels (DRTYA) 100000 14.59 (-0.41)         Rush Hour 4 (RUSH4) 25000 13.65 (+0.30)         Rush Hour 4 (RUSH4) 40000 13.65 (+0.30)         Supergirl (SUPGR) 50000 29.89 (-0.10)         True Haunting (TRUEH) 25000 14.05 (+0.54)         Return to Silent Hill (SHIL3) 30000 17.89 (+0.66)         Zatanna (ZATAN) 30000 26.33 (+1.06)         Zatanna (ZATAN) 40000 26.33 (+1.06)