Director: Joe Johnston Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self, Curt Siodmak Cast: Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving Time: 102min Age Restriction: 16V
The Wolfman is a gasping, hair-raising hauntingly atmospheric visual feast that recalls the gruesome tradition of the 1930's horror films.
Lawrence Talbot (a burly Benicio del Toro) is the black sheep of his family, who returns home after receiving a letter from Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), his brother's fiancée, telling him his brother, Ben, has gone missing.
Upon returning to his family's mansion, Lawrence discovers that Ben's body has been found – apparently mauled by some horrific creature. Despite the strained relationship with his father, Sir John (played by Anthony Hopkins in an emotionless monotone), Lawrence promises Gwen that he will not leave until he finds out what happened to his brother.
Set in 1891, The Wolfman is rich with Victorian imagery and overlaid with a Gothic colour pallet of black, greys and red. The actors are let down by the awkward, lumpy script, but this does add to the tense mood of the film and horrors have never really been about the acting now have they?