Wolfen (1981)

Based on the novel by Whitley Strieber, a wealthy land developer and his wife are viciously murdered in the South Bronx, and detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) is assigned to the case. After more people turn up dead, Wilson meets up… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 24, 1981
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sean Axmaker
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The werewolf movie was revived and reworked with a vengeance in 1981 and Wolfen (1981) was a far more radical take on the genre than An American Werewolf in London or The Howling, though not as popular as either.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Wolfen is a thriller with a metaphysical side to it.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Sets up its mysteries with an admirable tenacity, though the resolution we're ultimately offered is more than a bit forgettable.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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.

Alex Sandell
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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Wolfen goes through the paces of a typical detective thriller, but I'll bet you've never seen anything like it.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Some sort of mixed-up commentary on gentrification.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Half silly and half profound.

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Dennis Schwartz
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I found it easy to root for the werewolves over the derelicts, millionaires, and arrogant police who were victimized.

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Phil Hubbs
Adapted from a novel of the same name, yet after a bit of reading the movie is quite different from the book. With a title like this you'd think this film… More
Veronique Kwak
"wolfen" is a political protest or an ecological dirge upon nature-wrecking urbanization which tends to provoke you into thinking so much that you… More
Conner Rainwater
Wolfen has a cool opening and that's about it. None of the originality and shock value that the first five minutes can be reproduced at all in the two… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Weird werewolf movie in an urban setting. It didn't work for me. The end scenes with the wolf in the skyscraper was the only part I liked. I just… More
Aj V
A strange, confusing, stupid werewolf movie, I hated it.
Danny Rovira
A stylish, intelligent and surreal drama of horror on an epic scale. It tells the tale of a pack of mysterious superwolves living among us, older than man, with… More