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Three New Mexico Test Screening Reports on the remake of THE WOLF MAN!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with a pair of reviews coming out of New Mexico, this evening and there are spoilers aplenty -but let's get right to the good news. They both really liked the film at its current running time of approximately an hour fifty. This is a film that I am very very eager to check out - Benicio looked to be in rare form when I visited with him on the set earlier this past year. Here are the two reports we've received thus far... As you could see by the tags on this story. There are spoilers in these reviews. LOTS OF THEM! It does seem like the film is headed in a positive direction when we'll all see it next November 9th!

saw the wolfman tonight! just went to a preview tonight of what turned out to be this summer’s remake of the wolfman here in albuquerque at the century rio… i got an invitation over the weekend but it didn’t say the name of the movie.. on the line the studio people came along, told us it was the wolfman starring benicio deltoro and anthony hopkins and that it would likely be rated r in case we wanted to leave. no thank you. even in its pretty unfinished state tonight, this movie was satisfying and scary and has huge potential if they address a few things the basic plotline is similar to the original lon chaney jr film, but some of the circumstances, sequencing and backgrounds of the characters have been modified to amp up the central themes of the film… destiny, and the path to tragedy the film opens with a classic monster movie sequence…. a man is being pursued through a dense forest by someone…or as it turns out, something… he is ripped to shreds by a briefly-glimpsed beast.. then the logo then its daylight, and we see a carriage approaching a huge estate named blackmoor in either wales or scotland, its never clear which…out steps lawrence talbot (deltoro), who approaches the house with some kind of unease… we soon learn that he has come because his brother ben has gone missing… lawrence is reunited with his father, sir jo hn (hopkins), who he has not seen in many years… their awkward reunion is interrupted by sir john’s news that ben’s body has been found…out on the moors, ripped to shreds.. some kind of animal attack as lawrence tries to process the news, he learns that ben’s fiancée, gwen cunliffe (emily blunt), has been staying at blackmoor, and she is upstairs overcome with grief lawrence asks where ben’s body is… and goes to see it a word here about the cinematography and production design on this film… pretty stunning … the estate has big rooms like the ones in the classic universal films, but a wholly different character…they’ve been neglected, they look gloomy, very much like the sad inhabitants of the house… all of the design in the film is beautiful and unusual… a makeshift morgue, sitting rooms, a tavern in town, an asylum in london.. all off-kilter without being distractingly so, and full of little details ben’s body is on a slab at butcher’s ice shed in town… the butcher hands over ben’s few personal things, including a medallion of unkown origin lawrence goes to a tavern in town.. the locals there are discussing the killing…one of the locals tells the story of his father’s encounter with a beast with huge claws out on the moors… his father came home and melted silverware into20bullets and never left the house again on a full moon… great scene.. lawrence is sitting alone, listening to this… a priest says the beast is a werewolf, and it must have come into town with a band of gypsies who have set up a camp… they all make disparaging remarks about gypsies being crazy and filthy people… and remember how sir john talbot married one years ago who killed herself… back at the house, lawrence meets gwen and gives her the medal and his other things… he leaves her and goes to his childhood room, where he reflects and has either a waking dream or a memory… as a child, he was awakened by something and went outside to investigate: he comes upon his mother, dead and bloodied, cradled in his father’s arms later that night, lawrence and sir john discuss their past, and we learn that lawrence was sent away after his mother’s death to an aunt in america.. and he became a stage actor.. in a parallel of a scene in the original film, sir john then starts looking at the heavens through a telescope, and talks of the enormous power of the moon… hopkins has a great speech here, and a great and weird but controlled performance after the funeral, lawrence is walking in the woods of the estate and comes upon gwen sitting by a ravine.. gwen says that ben always wanted to be closer to lawrence and his father, and she hopes that through his death lawrence will forge a relationship with sir john gwen returns to london, and sir john warns lawrence to stay indoors because the moon is full… unafraid, lawrence sets out to the gypsy camp.. when he comes out of the forest to the clearing where they gypsies have set up camp, a gypsy again warns him to stay in camp until daylight: “the moors are not safe” he asks about the medallion he found… a young boy tells him he should speak to maleva, the old woman played here by geraldine chaplin (who was in the orphanage last year) another great scene… maleva seems uneasy at the sight of lawrence.. he asks for a reading and she deals the tarot…she tells him that there are no coincidences, only fate, and “darkness comes for you” suddenly the camp erupts in chaos… some townspeople have arrived with a constable to take away an old bear chained to a look at the animal and we know he’s not capable of killing anything… then.. a horrible scream…the constable takes his lantern into a field… and we saw a huge collection of entrails leading to a body torn in half… a beast is loose in the camp.. we don’t see it clearly, but it stalks various and viciously eviscerates them… this scene got a great reaction from the crowd in a very suspenseful and creepy scene, lawrence grabs a r ifle and fires a shot at the beast, which we see loping across a silhouetted landscape of dead trees… he follows it to a stonehenge-ish formation of rocks enshrouded in deep fog.. then for a second, we see it: a werewolf leaps from one of the pillars and savagely mauls lawrence… later, lawrence is rescued by maleva and the gypsies and then returned to blackmoor .. he recovers over a week or so, and gwen returns to help look after him… everyone is mystified that lawrence recovers so quickly, especially the local doctor, who expected him to die a detective from scotland yard, francis abeline (played by hugo weaving), arrives to investigate the attacks… turns out that abeline was the lead detective on the jack the ripper killings… he is highly suspicious of lawrence and his role in ben’s death and the attacks at the camp, especially as he notes, since there are no natural predators left in great britain.. lawrence insists he was attacked by some kind of animal we also now see the beginnings of a relationship between lawrence and gwen, though she insists she has returned out of loyalty to her dead fiancée in a scene right out of many a classic monster film, a bunch of townspeople arrive at blackmoor, talking of curses and marks of the beast and demanding to examine lawrence’s wounds… sir john scares them off with a rifle shot to the air=0 D lawrence sees sir john’s sikh manservant loading a rifle with silver bullets… he tells lawrence that the house seems cursed… feeling more uneasy, lawrence hurriedly tells gwen she must leave.. she protests, but he bundles her into a carriage now i’ll be less explicit about the plot night falls and an amazing 12 or so minute sequence: i won’t say where it starts, but lawrence falls victim to the curse of the moon…. the makeup effects are outstanding, with the biggest miracle being that you see deltoro’s eyes and feel his performance, even as the werewolf in full glory.. the townspeople bar themselves in, and the wolfman prowls the moors, taking out hapless victims and lashing out at a hunting party that momentarily trap him in a pit.. here, the audience went nuts in the last half hour of the film, lawrence is taken to an asylum in london where doctors attempt to cure him of what they believe is a psychosis – only to see a man, bound by leather straps in a brightly lit room, transform into a trapped animal that reacts as any trapped animal does… with claws and teeth and brute strength and huge pools of blood and guts there is a rampage through the streets of london (one bit with a doubledecker bus is particularly good), a revelation about lawrence’s sad family history that reveals how his mother and brother died, and a tragic a nd emotional final moment that is quite different in specifics from the original film… but makes perfect sense in this one this is not like the run of horror films we’ve had in the last few years…its much more classically constructed and acted, and it doesn’t go for shock effects that leave no impact… there’s a quiet scene toward the end of the film… after the rampage in london, the now-human lawrence seeks refuge in the antique shop run by gwen’s father…deltoro and blunt play a scene about circumstance and destiny and wonder what life might have been had they met earlier… it is in its own way one of the nicest pieces of dramatic writing and acting i’ve seen in awhile.. and that’s the strength of the movie. you care about its characters. and that kind of emotional runs through the whole film… right up to its shocking and wrenching end. i’ll be very interested to see what changes they make in the film before it comes out this summer. thanks for listening.

And now for the other take...

A WOLFMAN preview screening review... I was able to get into a screening of THE WOLFMAN tonight in Albequerque. Going in, I expected this to be another in the ‘reimagining’ of famous monster movies into more action-y popcorn fare like DRACULA, THE MUMMY or SLEEPY HOLLOW and indeed it is but I felt like this one was a cut above because the movie had a real sense of respect for it’s story: no camp, no clever one liners. Just good old fashioned suspense and sense of dread as to what’s around that foggy corner. And P.S…scary as hell!!! So yes, I was a fan of this. To start, its cast is great – Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving. All serious actors here who actually ‘act’ and not simply ‘react’ to effects (ah, Dracula anyone?) After a fun, gory (this is a deliciously hard ‘R’ for gore) hunting scene where a man gets his in a gloomy forest via wolf, we are introduced to Del Toro’s Lawrence Tuthill – an actor in the midst of playing HAMLET ( a role he doesn’t realize he is to play throughout the movie ). He is on his way home for his brother’s funeral (the man who was murdered in the opening). The amount of gravitas and detail that Del Toro and the other actors bring to their role is definitely worth mentioning. This is a thinking man’s monster movie. Really, truly one for the diehards and I really appreciated the way this standard was maintained throughout the entire piece. Will 16 yard olds who dig Mark Wahlberg movies like it? Who knows but its suspenseful as hell and had this unnerving sense of dread that reminded me of the miniseries based on King’s SALEM’S LOT back in the ‘80’s. Anyway, once Del Toro gets home he meets his dead brother’s fiancée EMILY BLUNT who (big surprise) becomes attracted to him and his estranged father ANTHONY HOPKINS. From here the movie becomes a bit of a whodunit as to who killed his brother. Unfortunately, Del Toro goes to the nearby gypsy colony himself to uncover the murder and gets involved in an attack by the Wolfman himself. This sequence by the way is fantastic – a bloody cat and mouse around the camp that results in Del Toro himself being attacked (but not fatally) by the monster. Well, once bitten and you know the rest…or do you? The plot actually starts to delve into this GASLIGHT kind of uncertainty where Del Toro can’t be sure if he’s a wolfman or dreaming it. And Johnson actually does a credible job of arguing that whether or not you actually become a werewolf on a full moon, if you THINK you will you are just as dangerous. No surprise that the 3rd act becomes this fast paced wolf hunt with torches but I really loved this Beauty and the Beast sequence where the wolfman enters a costume ball (with several animal masks ) and makes it all the way to the stage where a blind soprano sings to him face to face without realizing he’s a monster (another fun aspect: visual references aplenty) Obviously, I quite liked this film. Perhaps they could tighten it here and there (I think it ran like 1 hour 50 mins) but I was surprised at its ‘brain over braun’ approach and really hope that it finds its deserved audience this coming Summer. I regard great old films as just important pieces of art as great novels or paintings so it is with great pleasure that I send this review of what I thought was a high minded, tremendous and incredibly SCARY work to you tonight. (seriously, people were shrieking during the last scene!) Regards, WOLFIE

Now we have this last review. One of the things you newer readers to the site should know about test screening reviews is this... The feedback in these reviews - like the comments from the screening itself - sometimes can help or hurt the film. This final review, I feel, has some genuine creative criticisms about what worked and didn't for him. But you should also know - things like these can change. We'll have to see won't we?

Harry, I saw the other advanced screening reviews for the upcoming THE WOLFMAN release and I thought I would share my slightly differing opinions of the rough cut. Being that there is already (at least) 2 reports that share the plot with AICN, I will move onto my feelings towards the movie. Where THE WOLFMAN excels is the scenes themselves that feature our beloved hairy creature. Each and every single time the Wolfman appeared on screen, we viewers were glued to the proceedings. Not just because it's the only thing we're supposed to be focused on, but because the crew obviously had a blast filming these scenes. There is no shortage of gore or creative endings to villagers' lives. However, there is an apparent lack of creativity as it pertains to the non-wolfman scenes. Before I go too far, I will point out that I love a good story above an explosion, a bloody death or any other Hollywood distraction tactic. I did not go into THE WOLFMAN hoping just for kill-after-kill. The scenes between the wolfman appearances suck the life out of you! It was really hard to sympathize with any of the lead characters, even those who just lost loved ones. I don't know if that's on the casting, or the script, or what, but I found it extremely difficult to care about anybody, other than Benicio's. The love story also bothered me greatly. I felt no bond between Lawrence & Gwen at all, and felt their emotions to be a bit a rushed. The audience is expected just to go along with it, but I kept questioning why, or how, they fell in love. If nothing else, does Lawrence have no issues falling in love with his (dead) brother's wife? As for Anthony Hopkin's role as Papa Wolfman, he went from good-to-bad, bad-to-good too often for my liking. His character is a trainwreck that the viewer can still enjoy, but by the end, the "shocking behavior" wasn't shocking in the least. Finally, the ending. The ending was top-notch. Where the other reviews call it "surprising" and that the audience was shreiking towards it, I took the shreiking reaction as a negative. I overheard numerous conversations where the viewer(s) was disappointed in the ending and hoped the movie studio would change it. I was not one of them. I loved the realistic ending that still opened up possiblities for future stories to be told. But, many other viewers didn't like how tragic it was. It will be interesting to see if, or how, the ending is altered for it's final release. All in all, I enjoyed it, but still left a smidge disappointed. "Mo Lightning"
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  • March 4, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by Tar Heel

    I don't know, the last trailer I saw had its good and bad moments. I'm still having problems seeing Benicio in a period piece.

  • March 4, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Universal Redux

    by Clio

    As a great fan of the old Universal horror films, I'm really looking forward to this one. Seems like a throw-back to the past--a good thing.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by BlackJesus

    YO, my disciples...BlackJesus has come to warn you of the horrors that this film will bring to the cinema. Do not believe these reviews. I was at the screening. It's horrible. This film needs to be nailed to the cross.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Set visited by harry? We've got another stinker on our hands, bo

    by Stengah

    eat that, earl hamilton.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Branaghs Frankenstein.

    by ganymede3010

    I covet monster movies that require you to think through out the film. This is another must see of 09.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    No headband and slam dunks, no asses in seats.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams as the Wolf Man

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • March 4, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Should've combined CHE with WOLFMAN

    by BurnHollywood

    Everyone knows Guavera only fought on full moons...

  • March 4, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Fear Not, Swamp Thing is en route...

    by onemanarmy

    That's right I said it. <p> Next year Hollywood will remakes all previous remakes and call them revisions and such.

  • March 4, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    so what this is a remake of american werewolf in london?

    by Mr_X

    this summer is looking pretty packed now for blockbusters

  • March 4, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Happy to see these two reviews...

    by fathergeek

    I saw the sets, talked with Rick Baker, Del Toro, and others about the filming when I visited the studio outside London last year. The concern of everyone I talked to was to keep the film on track to capture the emotional impact of the original 1940 feature, and to NOT let modern tricks of the trade overpower what made the original so unique. To keep the intrigue, fear, loniness, and heartbreak in the forefront. Both Del Toro and Baker strongly stated this. My worry and theirs was that the film could easily evolve into just another effects driven "Scarefest" appealing to hardcore "fangoria" types and no one else. We all agreed that to be a lasting successful classic like the original it had to balance uptodate filmmaking methods with real feelings and emotional undercurrents. These two very early reviews suggest that was accomplished... "Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers at night may...."

  • March 4, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Benicio del Toro playing a Welshman?

    by MaxCalifornia.


  • March 4, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Branaghs Frankenstein.

    by Bobman46

    I thought it was awful, personally. Until I read your post my mind had pretty much wiped it clean from memory and what little I do remember isn't good. Looking forward to this one though.

  • March 5, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    im really hoping

    by misterfurly

    this is good, i just watched the lon chaney one, and i hope this one reatins some atmosphere of the original. --incidently here's a better terminator salvation trailer

  • March 5, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Del Toro's just half Wesh...

    by fathergeek

    In this film his mother was a gyspy, plus he was raised from a young age in the USA. Del Toro's perfect for this role... Just wish Uncle 4E had held on long enough to see this flick...

  • March 5, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST



    Branagh's FRANKENSTEIN is amongst the worst cinematic abortions ever created. Get your hands on Darabont's original script, then weep for the diarhhea that was created from it.

  • March 5, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I hate reviews that are just,,,

    by deanbarry

    everything that happens in the friggen movie. Plot by plot. Step by step....

  • March 5, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Opps... my bad... that's Welsh.

    by fathergeek

  • March 5, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    i heard that del toro really didnt need much makeup

    by bacci40

    or cgi<p> he already has the prominent jaw and is naturally they just told him not to shave for a week<p> but dang...finally a revival of the monster movie...can we put torture porn to rest....please???

  • March 5, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    This is encouraging

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    I was afraid we'd be getting Wolf 2

  • March 5, 2009, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Man still bummed out that

    by Series7

    Mark Romanek isn't directing this movie. I mean, that man was the world to me. One Hour Photo was like the best piece of something I've ..... hahahahah really who gives a shit? One Hour Photo blew ass, all it showed is that he can make Robin Williams look creepy and continue the trend that Robin Williams likes to star in really boring thrillers. I mean Joe Johnston is perfect to direct another silly Werewolf movie, he's like Stephen Summers off of the steroids.

  • March 5, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    A synopsis is not a review

    by Missing Dink

  • March 5, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Really Harry?

    by Series7

    Hamlet's Frankenstein was that bad? I've seen it a bunch of times I really don't think it belongs in the abortions category. I guess your saying that its better then Sommers The Mummy or that Van Helsing crap.

  • March 5, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Is there a movie about something classic or beloved by Harry that Frank Darabont didn't write a better script to? Where was he when Transformers was released? What ever happened to the Frank Darabont script for Street Fighter? The Frank Darabont script for Unaccompanied Minors would have made it the best children s movie since Milk Money. Seriously The Mist wasn't half as good as Hamlets Frankenstein.

  • March 5, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    I wonder what

    by Series7

    how much better Frank Darabont's script for the remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is?

  • March 5, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    God since

    by Series7

    We were all talking about Transformers the fucking trailer for the old one just pooped up on the Ultimate Trailer Show. Fucking Robert Wilonsky is sucking the movie off like it paid for the whole night.

  • March 5, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure

    by brattyben

    I can spot the 'twist' in this movie. I'll go on record to say that Hopkins character is responsible for the early beasty shenanigans, and accidentally attacks Lawrence at the gypsy camp. But hey, what do I know?

  • March 5, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    This IS encouraging...

    by Charlie & Tex we regard Universal's original Wolf Man as probably the jewel in the crown of their monster movies. It's nice to hear that it looks as though most of our fears are unfounded.

  • March 5, 2009, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Reshoots are happening

    by jenkis

    I heard from a crew-member that the test screening was 'a disaster' and that they were getting ready to do reshoots. This makes it sound far more hopeful.

  • March 5, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST


    by deanbarry

    I am jammed between Fathergeek and Headgeek. Ummm...geek sandwhich.

  • March 5, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but re-shoots are happening for EVERY movie!

    by DerLanghaarige

    If you think that re-shoots are a bad omen, than you got no idea how to make a movie. (no offense)<br> This been said, I WOULD KILL TO WATCH THIS MOVIE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! This is one of the things that I hate the most about living in Germany, The studios will NEVER do a test screening outside of America.

  • March 5, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    It's not personal. I'm just jealous. DAMN YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!

  • March 5, 2009, 3 a.m. CST


    by 420 Boylston St

    I didn't know there was one already

  • March 5, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST


    by BlackJesus

    Thank you for yr comment. A SYNOPSIS IS NOT A REVIEW! Too many morons writing "reviews." I don't want to know plot details. I want your opinion of the film. BlackJesus Christ!!! It's so frustrating.

  • March 5, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Seriously, if one of you will ever come to me and say:

    by DerLanghaarige

  • March 5, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    And damn you enter button!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • March 5, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Again. If one of you will ever come to me and say:

    by DerLanghaarige

    "Hey man, I already saw The Wolfman", you should be prepared for some ugly throatpunching.

  • March 5, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Anybody know if they will use the original Wolfman theme?

    by DerLanghaarige

  • March 5, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Y'know, I just got up and got nothing better to do.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Other than cursing everybody who saw or will see my most anticipated movie of 09 earlier than me.

  • March 5, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    I will take back everyting I said about...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...Watchmen (movie) and Tarantino if someone manages to put me into an advance screening!

  • March 5, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST

    I will even open a Tarantino Fansite...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...that has a little animation of me, sucking QT's dick. And I will write an essay about the way Heath Ledger changed the face of acting forever and buy the whole Nirvana discography!

  • March 5, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Please! When the movie comes out I'm probably in Jail!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • March 5, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST


    by doc lazy

  • March 5, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by doc lazy

    Lol. Are you alright? Hättest besser ausschlafen sollen... F*ck the Edit-Button...

  • March 5, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I had more than 9 hours of sleep tonight.

    by DerLanghaarige

    So this is not the problem. ;)

  • March 5, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I'm scared but intrigued!

    by Cat_Corporation

    I'm not a massive gorehound but I like films about monsters, particularly folkloric / mythological monsters like werewolves...normally I wait for the DVD so I can watch it with the lights on (yes, I'm actually a woman), but I really want to see this on the big screen... What do I do?!

  • March 5, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST

    One thing that has always bothered me in the original...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...was the death of Larry's brother. They mention it in the beginning like it's a big thing and you will later find out what really happened, but then it turns out to be a MacGuffin that is never mentioned again. Looks like they fixed this problem here.

  • March 5, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Worst possible ending:

    by DerLanghaarige

    After the werewolf was killed, he gets buried in the local cemetery. But in the same night we see a mysterious man digging out the coffin. He opens it and smiles. <br>Suddenly a second man, with a disfigured face and a hunchback asks: "Is this the man you were looking for, Dr...Frankenstein?"<br>

  • March 5, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    Somebody call Dave Arneson.

  • March 5, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see a scene in a movie like this

    by smackfu

    where the guy goes to the tarot reader, and instead of getting a jolting, prophetic vibe about his horrible fate, she just tells him he will come into money soon. Then she tries to sell him a bunch of crap and makes a vague innuendo that a higher fee may yield a sexual encounter.

  • March 5, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    DEH VOOOLF MAN!!!!!!

    by alice 13

    the trailer looked awesome. i cant wait for this movie!!

  • March 5, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    The transformation?

    by Desk of Steel

    I need info on this! I don't want a cartoon transforation like Van Helsing.

  • March 5, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    The only people who use the phrase "torture porn" are dickbag conservative and/or lazy reviewers who probably never liked horror films in the first place. Seriously, let the phrase die.

  • March 5, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    Hopkins is the "original" Wolf Man who killed his wife and Del Toro's brother. The "gut wrenching" ending is probably him putting a silver bullet through Del Toro's head and then his own to end the family curse.

  • March 5, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    what ?

    by sallylove

    Not really get it!! do you?? Just wanna say, oh, F*ck! she's hot!! really hope we fellows could make out with one hot chick like her somewhere; then, my bros told me to check out __ __ that online hot tall girls and chicks mingle and dating site!! hope this time, it will work out!!!LOL

  • March 5, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Remember: If you find a way to watch this early...

    by DerLanghaarige me! you can find me in The Zone! (Except it has something to do with bootlegs. Not trying to play Mr. Moral here, but I wanna watch this in a theatre.)

  • March 5, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Have you fucking read Frankenstein Harry?

    by SomaShine

    Have you read the book? Branagh's FRANKENSTEIN is THAT book. But of course you liked the fucking Mummy movies. So pardon if I don't give to much credit to your "abortion" category for films

  • March 5, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I know, you probably think that I am kidding.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Because this is the AICN talkback, where everybody tries to be a comedian (not the dude from Watchmen *rimshot and laugh track*), but I assure you that I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really wanna watch this movie.

  • March 5, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Nov. 9 release?!?

    by Darthkrusty

    Couldn't they release it a couple weeks earlier in time for Halloween? I mean it's the friggin' Wolf Man!.... a Halloween costume & (as far as the classic movies go) film-fest staple.

  • March 5, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    About the november date.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I think they might try to sell it as a serious horror movie and not like a Halloween party for teenies.

  • March 5, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    thanks for the spoiler warnings...

    by Mechasheeva

    But seriously, a review is a viewer's opinion on the movie, not a explicit synopsis of the entire plot.

  • March 5, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by Sith Witch

    I agree with you all the way! MS Frankenstein IS the cinematic rendering of the original novel, through and through!

  • March 5, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Is that first review...

    by Bass Ackwards

    ...supposed to be the novel based on the movie? Cause I'm not sure there was a review there.

  • March 5, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    So you have no problem with Sir Ben Kingsley

    by skimn

    But you do with Sir Anthony Hopkins?

  • March 5, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by soco11

    Why have reviews become full descriptions of the movie??????

  • March 5, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Knobules and Sir Anthony

    by DanielDravot

    Actually go back and look at the "reviews". They all refer to the actor as 'Anthony Hopkins' but the character he plays is 'Sir John'.<p>And as for Ghandi, Mahatma is already an honorific meaning Great Soul. :P

  • March 5, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    This is a plant.

    by noncents

    If you can't tell that, then I feel sorry for you.

  • March 5, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I cut off my left pinky finger for an advance screening!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Seriously! You can watch! Okay, my left pinky means nothing to me and I already let a friend break it once back in school, so that I didn't have to write a math test , but if you want I will scream and cry as much as you want when I cut it off!

  • March 5, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Bale be praised.

    by Abominable Snowcone

  • March 5, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Anybody? ANYBODY!?!

    by DerLanghaarige

    You love to see me suffer, right?

  • March 5, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    hardcore "fangoria" types...?

    by sonnyfern

    I'm not quite sure what was meant by that...if anything I can tell you us fangoria lovers HATE effects driven "Scarefest" and we're looking forwards to an old school classic horror movie more than anytone. It's going to be so nice seeing Baker doing untampered with effects again and no one is more perfect to play a new version of the wolfman more than Del Toro. I can't wait for this damn thing

  • March 5, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    You didn't like Wolf? How can anyone not get behind the Jack as a werewolf? Also, anyone remember the MST3K "Werewolf"? "They're the Uzbekistani Spencer & Tracy!" "He's a Were-Waiter." Got that one on tape.

  • March 5, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    This sounds good. This might be Johnston's best since Rocketeer

    by fassbinder79

  • March 5, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    But I already saw the Wolfman... ;)

    by Teddy Artery

  • March 5, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Sounds like...

    by Oldnewbie

    They got it right! No modern "reimagining" just a solid update and retelling of Mr. Talbots tragic fate. Now... will he meet DeNiro's Frankenstein Monster???

  • March 6, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    Because I still haven't seen it. :)

  • March 7, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige