The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man (1941)

"Even a man who is pure at heart/And says his prayers by night/May become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms/And the moon is full and bright." Upon first hearing these words, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney) dismisses them as childish… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 12, 1941
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A handsomely told tale with an affecting performance from Lon Chaney, Jr., The Wolf Man remains one of the classics of the Universal horror stable.

Hollywood Reporter

The Wolf Man serves its horror straight. A very substantial cast undertakes to sell believably a tale of superstitious folklore.

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Theodore Strauss
New York Times

Without any build-up either by the scriptwriter or director, he is sent onstage, where he, looks a lot less terrifying and not nearly as funny as Mr. Disney's big, bad wolf.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Horror movies today rely on gore and as many jump out of your seat moments as they can throw at you. This one relies on old fashioned atmosphere and acting ability and that's all it really needs.

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Variety Staff

The Wolf Man is a compactly-knit tale of its kind, with good direction and performances by an above par assemblage of players, but dubious entertainment.

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Don Macpherson
Time Out

There's undeniable magic within the staid format.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This Universal classic not only established Lon Chaney Jr as a horror star but also instigated most of the cinematic werewolf lore concerning pentagrams, the Moon and the fatality of silver.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A stodgy Universal thriller from 1941, redeemed by a name-heavy cast and by Lon Chaney Jr.'s lumbering, affable performance in the title role.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

The original and only entry in the Wolf Man series that I truly like. Lon Chaney, Jr. was born to play the troubled Larry Talbot, a guy who gets bitten by a werewolf (Bela Lugosi) and openly laments his future as the hairiest man in Europe. Nicely done.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Even with a canon that includes the definitive versions of (among others) Frankenstein, Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera, this 1941 classic has always remained my favorite of the studio's prolific output.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
By the early 1940's, Universal Studios has released many memorable monster films. One of its most memorable is The Wolf Man, a standout classic monster… More
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Waggner's original Wolf Man is a tragic and emotional story enhanced with it's effective performances and it's wrenching suspense. The most… More
Tyler Robertson
Here we have another introduction to a universal movie monster. The Wolf Man was made in 1941, ten years after the success of Frankenstein and Dracula and it… More
Spencer S.
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Melvin White
Maleva: Whoever is bitten by a werewolf and lives becomes a werewolf himself.  "His hideous howl a dirge for death!" The Wolf Man is one of those… More
danny d
this campy classic is one of the most beloved and well known b movies of all time. unfortunately lon chaney jr. was strictly type cast in these monster roles,… More

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