The Wolfman

  • 15
  • Joe Johnston (2009)
  • US
  • 102 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Universal brushes down its hairy horror icon and lets the wolf man loose in the digital era in this enjoyable remake. For the most part, director Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) ensures that his $100-million makeover remains faithful to the spirit of the 1941 original, while updating its skin-stretching, bone-clacking special effects. Benicio Del Toro plays it straight as Lawrence Talbot, a celebrated actor who returns home after the remains of his brother are found on the blood-drenched moors and becomes the victim of a family curse. Less convincing are Anthony Hopkins, who feasts on hunks of ham as Talbot Sr, and Emily Blunt as the anaemic damsel in distress. Despite some erratic pacing and an occasional lack of emotion, though, the curse of the film's notoriously troubled production (change of director, reshoots, delayed release date) is held at bay. The result's a pleasing return to the studio's much-loved gothic tradition.

Plot Summary

Remake of the classic 1941 horror, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. England, 1891: when Benjamin, the son of Sir John Talbot, is killed by a strange beast, his estranged brother Lawrence returns to the family's country estate determined to uncover the truth. But after surviving an attack by the fearsome creature, Lawrence himself falls victim to a curse that puts his own life in jeopardy.

Cast and crew


Lawrence Talbot
Benicio Del Toro
Sir John Talbot
Anthony Hopkins
Gwen Conliffe
Emily Blunt
Detective Aberline
Hugo Weaving
Geraldine Chaplin
Art Malik
Dr Hoenegger
Antony Sher
Ben Talbot
Simon Merrells
Clive Russell
Constable Nye
David Schofield


Joe Johnston

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Feb 2010
Certificate 15