The Wolfman

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The Wolfman

Joe Johnston (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A Victorian actor returns to his family home to investigate the disappearance of his brother, only to find his missing sibling has been savagely killed. As he goes in search of the culprit, he is attacked by a strange creature and succumbs to a curse on his family that causes a shocking transformation. Horror, starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Feb 2010