Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 Days of Horror: Day 9: The Wolf Man (1941)

The Wolf Man is one of the best werewolf movies I've ever watched! It's awesome! It might be my favorite. I love the atmosphere of the film. The spooky setting in the woods of dark trees with claw-like branches and an eerie fog that sweeps along the ground and up into the trees. Why anyone would be walking around there in the middle of the night is beyond me. Definitely didn't look safe, you never know what's lurking around in the woods, even without werewolves!

The film is full of fantastic actors, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi being some of my favorites. Evelyn Ankers gave one hell of a performance, too. They make the story seem believable. The gypsies help add to the horror factor of the film with their creepy stories about werewolves! Especially the woman who'd randomly show up in the wood when the werewolf was roaming around, looking for someone to attack!

The first kill scene and the transformation scene are two of my favorites. Nothing like watching someone get blindsided by a werewolf attack without him realizing that it's a werewolf and not a regular wolf!

The transformation is fun to watch, too. When all the fur starts to grow, the feet and legs start to bend, and he's half wolf, half man. Oh yeah, spooky werewolf! I love the classics!


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