October 11, 2011

The Wolf Man

Title: The Wolf Man
Year: 1941
Length: 70 minutes
Director: George Waggner
Writer: Curt Siodmak
Starring: Lon Chaney Jr.
With: Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya, Evelyn Ankers, Fay Helm, J.M. Kerrigan, Forrester Harvey
Music: Charles Previn, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner
Cinematography: Joseph A. Valentine
Editing: Ted J. Kent
I saw it: in the theater, a few days ago
Synopsis: a man becomes a werewolf

My reaction
Concept: 3/4 (Good)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent). The basic plot is good, but it's very badly written.
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 0/4 (Terrible). "That guy's got a bad haircut! Shoot him!" It would be nice monster makeup - if it were for a different movie. Why would they even put a guy in makeup in this story? Did they not read the script before making that decision?
Acting: 1/4 (Bad). Rains is good of course, and so is Lugosi's cameo. Chaney's pretty awful. Also: holy casting catastrophe. What must Mrs. Talbot have looked like?
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4). A lot of potential, and zero craftsmanship. I wasn't expecting Frankenstein levels of quality, but I thought it would at least be competently made. No. Garbage.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.6/4 (Eh)

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