Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) (1968)

The Hour of the Wolf (original Swedish title: Vargtimmen) is Ingmar Bergman's spin on the demons that plague his fellow creative artists. Max von Sydow plays a painter who, while spending a summer in seclusion with his pregnant wife Liv… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 9, 1968
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

A brilliant Gothic fantasy.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

This 1967 effort is one of Bergman's most outlandish, with its pack of ghouls and its heavy suggestions of exhibitionism, necrophilia, and homosexuality -- a magnificent failure.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the typical bleak psychological dramas of Ingmar Bergman.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

Hour of the Wolf is not one of Bergman's great films but it is unthinkable for anyone seriously interested in movies not to see it.

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Fernando F. Croce

Bergman shakes his head and intuitive horrors cascade out, all he has to do is collect image after fulminating image

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Only partly successful.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If we allow the images to slip past the gates of logic and enter the deeper levels of our mind, and if we accept Bergman's horror story instead of questioning it, Hour of the Wolf works magnificently.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Some of the images, such as one of a young boy staring at Von Sydow as he's fishing, will haunt you long afterwards.

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TV Guide

This Bergman discourse on the nature of art and the artist's relation to society is shrouded in the trappings of gothic horror.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
gorgeous to look at and creepy as hell. max von sydow's dreams invade real life and not only his own
Drew Smith
A difficult sit to be sure, but Ingmar Bergman's stab at surrealist horror is a delight. It's thematically sort of fuzzy, barely frightening at all,… More
danny d
as with many bergman films, i toiled for some time to find a worthwhile and redeemable interpretation, but thankfully, this one gained a slight amount of… More
Cassandra Maples
"The Hour of the Wolf" is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Hour of the Wolf is the only horror film Ingmar Bergman ever made. And it's amazing. Clearly influenced here by German Expressionism, Bergman and… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Max Von Sydow is a painter, attacked by demons he created out of existential guilt. Liv Ullman plays his faithful spouse. An unreal, nightmarish parade of… More