The Wolf Man

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Driven by the full moon, I’ve been moving through the Universal classics at a steady pace, including 1941’s The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney Jr., as well as its sequels Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula and the farcical Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The transformation of the character of Lawrence Talbot (Chaney) into the Wolf Man was groundbreaking back in the 40s, and it still looks great on screen today. Of course, modern movies employ heavy CG work, often leaving practical effects in the dust. That’s why we are treated to shots of a shirtless Taylor Lautner morphing mid-leap into his baby-mind-raping teen wolf form in the Twilight movies. As effects have gotten more sophisticated, scenes of werewolf transformation have become more fantastical and less realistic. But what would a more “realistic” transformation be like? What would a real Wolf Man be like?

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Universal Classic Monsters

It takes some bravado to call something “The Essential Collection,” but Universal, over the course of its 100-year history, has basically written the rule book on monster movies, so a bringing together of their classic monsters under one Blu-ray box should be given a bit of slack. Not that it needs the slack, as the set is filled to the brim with good stuff for horror fans. Between the years of 1931 and 1954, Universal Studios produced some of the most iconic and influential horror films in the history of cinema, based on some of the most influential spooky stories in history. It began with Carl Laemmle Jr., the son of Universal founder Carl Laemmle, whose passion for literature and enthusiasm for seeing these great stories brought to life yielded two box office hits in 1931 with Dracula and Frankenstein. Even years after Laemmle had lost control of the studio, the legacy he forged lived on. These films would go on to inspire generations of film lovers and film makers, many of whom are still scaring us today. To celebrate in 2012, the year of the 100th birthday of Universal, we fans have been given this Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray release, a celebration of the original eight, the most popular and iconic of the bunch. Many have been retold, rebooted and remade, but the originals still stand the test of time, from Bela Lugosi’s glowing eyes to Millicent Patrick’s iconic design for the Creature from the Black Lagoon, they are the forefathers of […]

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Universal Monsters Blu-ray

Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, The Mummy and The Creature From The Black Lagoon are finally all together on Blu-ray. Universal will be releasing a massively awesome set called “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” on October 5th, and there are a ridiculous amount of extra features in addition to the horror flicks. Production photos, behind-the-scenes stuff, trailers, tributes to Jack Pierce and Lon Chaney, Jr. That’s the tip of the horror iceberg (which is also the name of the script I just finished. Call me, Asylum). The movies have been together on DVD before with a decent collection of features, but this Blu-ray collection seems absolutely stunning. A big upgrade for true classics. Plus, there are books involved! Everyone loves reading. The big question is…at a pre-sale price of $112, is this a necessary upgrade or a dreamy luxury?  

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Apparently Universal wasn’t too pleased with the results of their new Joe Johnston directed version of The Wolfman that came out last year. That film, that starred Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, was set to get a sequel, but now plans are changing. Movie Hole is reporting that Michael Tabb’s script for a sequel is getting reworked into a new start for the series that will be more in keeping with the original Lon Chaney starring film from 1941 that is oft heralded as being a classic. Reportedly, the title of this new film is tentatively set to be Werewolf. I probably would have gone with The Werewolfman just to keep that lack of brevity thing Rise of the Planet of the Apes started going.

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Joe Johnston’s remake of the 1941 film The Wolf Man marks the first ever, in history, reboot of a Universal monster character. No other filmmaker has ever attempted this, especially in the last 20 years. But, with this ground-breaking film how much of the original story is actually retained?

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Instead of watching more movies or writing about movies I’ve seen recently, I watched the Super Bowl this evening. And in order to keep the site feeling fresh, I’ve decided to put together a little list of the Super Bowl commercials — all of the ones for movies, and some that are about other things. Either way, they were all pretty good.

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Here we go again on another beautiful Friday afternoon (it’s raining in Austin) with a quick edition of This Week in Movie Posters. I say quick, because this wasn’t a great week for movie posters, but there are a few notables.

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Universal Pictures sent over a note this evening that their upcoming horror remake The Wolfman has been rated ‘R’ for bloody horror, violence and gore. Also, we’ve got pictures!

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When long-time contributor Paul Sileo said that he wanted to stretch his legs and create something “different” and “fresh” for Halloween, we weren’t sure what to think. But when he delivered this little gem of fan fiction, we were more than ready to oblige.

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For those of us on the web, today isn’t just about Avatar, it is also about the rise of one of Universal’s classic monsters. From director Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) comes the remake of one of the scariest, most beastly tales ever committed to film — The Wolfman.

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You’d think that Universal was either (a) in some financial trouble that required safe brand decisions or (b) completely out of good ideas, but I have a feeling that they just see a market for bringing back all of their iconic monsters from back in the day, just because.

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As if your day wasn’t awesome enough, Fred Durst is directing another movie. Feel free to celebrate.

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Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Rick Baker

On Friday of last week, I reported in that I was pleasantly surprised at the footage of The Wolf Man shown at Comic-Con. Now, thanks to this leaked footage, you too can share the surprise.

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Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Rick Baker

Con attendees certainly didn’t pack Hall H for a Universal panel about the little horror remake known as The Wolf Man. They must have thought that Benicio Del Toro wasn’t going to show up and show off footage. They were obviously wrong.

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Today, thanks to the fine folks at the Gazette & Herald in Wiltshire over in the UK, we have another look at Mr. Del Toro on set, coupled with a first look at Hugo Weaving, star of The Matrix and V for Vendetta, as Det. Aberline.

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Benecio Del Toro as The Wolf Man

When it comes to delivering intense make-up jobs, there is one man that Hollywood always looks to when it needs the good stuff: Rick Baker.

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Either Benicio Del Toro had a little trouble shaving this morning or we’ve got some actual pictures from the set of The Wolf Man.

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Agent Smith signs on to chase after The Wolf Man.

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It appears, at least for now, that Universal has found their new director…

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