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Wolfen, a frightening horror movie based upon a novel by Whitley Strieber, concerns Detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney), who gets assigned to investigate the strange murder of a millionaire and his wife in a downtown park. Wilson and his friend, city coroner Whittington (Gregory Hines), aided by criminal psychologist Rebecca Neff (Diane Venora) connect the killing to those of several others, primarily winos, drug addicts and derelicts, all of whom seem to have been mutilated by wild animals. Their search leads them to a group of Native Americans led by Edward James Olmos who tell them of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The often muddled, but scary Wolfen tops The Howling and An American Werewolf in London as the best of 1981's three worthwhile lupine thrillers."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Wolfen goes through the paces of a typical detective thriller, but I'll bet you've never seen anything like it."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Some sort of mixed-up commentary on gentrification."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Half silly and half profound."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"I found it easy to root for the werewolves over the derelicts, millionaires, and arrogant police who were victimized."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wolfen is a thriller with a metaphysical side to it."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sets up its mysteries with an admirable tenacity, though the resolution we're ultimately offered is more than a bit forgettable."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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